Dow Chemical Company

Dow Chemical, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is one of the world’s largest chemical companies with numerous plants and facilities all over the world. Dow Chemical’s involvement in Texas began in 1940 with the construction of the Freeport Plant in Freeport, Texas. This plant was primarily tasked with extracting magnesium from sea water, a much needed resource America's military effort in World War II. The development of the city of Lake Jackson, which served as a home for Dow employees, coincided with the construction of the Freeport Plant and as such share a mutual history. Dow Chemical in Freeport became part of a larger transformation of the Texas Coast into a major center of the oil and chemical industry. 

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“Life is Fragile” Dow Chemical Benefits Information Video
Question and answer session for new employees explaining how benefits and compensation work at Dow Chemical
White House Today (1961)
President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson remark upon the opening of a desalination ...
Watermarks of History: An Informal Memoir of Brazoria County (1959)
Educational film that tells the story of Brazoria County
The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection - Television Commercial Production (1980)
PM Magazine segment for Beaumont’s KFDM-TV about the filming of a DuPont television commercial at the com...
The Texas Division in 1968
Industrial film featuring achievements of the Dow Chemical Texas Division in 1968.
The Dow Chemical Collection - Scenes of Brazosport and Freeport Texas (1979)
Scenes of Dow Chemical in Brazosport and Freeport, Texas, during the 1970s
The Dow Chemical Collection - Nighttime Footage of Freeport Plant
This film is a series of underexposed and silent nighttime shots of the Dow Chemical Freeport Plant
The Dow Chemical Collection - Union Strike (1972)
Footage of union workers protesting outside the Dow Chemical Texas Plant in Freeport during a four-month ...
The Dow Chemical Collection - Historical Footage of Lake Jackson and Freeport (1978)
Historical footage of the Freeport and Lake Jackson area during its initial development in the 1940s
The Dow Chemical Collection - Organic Laboratory Annual Picnic (1955)
Dow Chemical employees perform amusing skits for their families and colleagues at an annual company picnic
The Dow Chemical Collection - Founder’s Day Ceremony (1963)
Lake Jackson’s founders, Alden B. Dow and Dr. A.P. Beutel, attend the city’s 20th anniversary celebration
The Dow Chemical Collection - 20th Anniversary Celebration (1963)
Lake Jackson celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Founder’s Day program and parade
The Dow Chemical Collection - 10th Anniversary Celebration (1953)
Lake Jackson celebrates its 10th anniversary with a parade, featuring decorated cars, marching bands, and...
The Dow Chemical Collection - Company Picnic (1961)
Dow Chemical employees enjoy a company picnic in Lake Jackson, featuring the Clemens Combo Prison Band
The Dow Chemical Collection - Cattle Maintenance and Prison Band
1960s home movie of ranchers tagging and branding cattle as well as footage of a Dow Chemical company picnic
Plants, Products, and People
Industrial film highlighting how the three elements key to Dow’s success interplay
In Those Days (1976)
Industrial film documenting the history of Freeport and Lake Jackson and the role Dow Chemical played in ...
Five Below and Live (1977)
Dow Chemical training film, narrated by Hollywood actor Claude Akins, highlighting the importance of reas...
Dr. A.P. Beutel Fishing on Harris Reservoir (1959)
This home movie depicts Dow Chemical employees, including Dr. A.P. Beutel, fishing on Harris Reservoir in...
Bill Smith’s New Chemical (1979)
Documentary was produced by Dow Chemical Company to alleviate fears about chemicals and toxicology
Beat the Odds . . . and Live! (1976)
Training film narrated by actor Claude Akins instructing employees on using safety equipment when driving...