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James, Marquis, 1891-1955
Marquis James Collection on Alfred I. DuPont
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.3 linear feet
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ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3


Consists of the manuscript and assorted materials written and assembled by the American journalist and author Marquis James (1891-1955) for his biography Alfred I. DuPont, The Family Rebel (1941).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of James' typed manuscript, with holograph corrections, of his biography of a member of America's most illustrious chemical manufacturing family, Alfred I. DuPont, The Family Rebel (1941). Also included are some notes and correspondence between James, several DuPont family members, and others regarding details of Alfred I. DuPont's life.

Collection Creator Biography:

James, Marquis, 1891-1955

Marquis James was a historian and biographer born on August 29, 1891, in Springfield, Missouri. When James was just three years old his family moved to Oklahoma, and this exposure to the Western frontier influenced the rest of his life. James served in World War I, which interrupted his developing journalism career. His 1930 book, The Raven, won a Pulitzer Prize. For the next several years, James became captivated by Andrew Jackson and published two books about him: The Border Captain (1933) and Portrait of a President (1937). James wrote several revealing books about various business companies, including his work on Alfred I. DuPont, The Family Rebel (1941) about Alfred I. DuPont, a member of the famous DuPont family of chemical manufacturing. He married Jacqueline Mary Parsons, but had no children and died on November 19, 1955.

Collection History


Written and assembled by Marquis James.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ran Tao in 2003. Finding aid written by Ran Tao in 2003.

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Marquis James Collection on Alfred I. DuPont; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3

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The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: American National Biography.

Subject Terms:
Biographers -- United States
Chemical industry -- United States.
Manufacturers -- United States -- 20th century -- Biography.
Genre Terms:
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
Du Pont, Alfred I. (Alfred Irénée), 1864-1935