Guide to the W. Duke, Sons & Co. Records and Advertising Materials, 1876-1953
W. Duke, Sons & Co. was a tobacco manufacturer founded by Washington Duke in 1881. His son, James B. Duke, later became president of the American Tobacco Company. Collection comprises a volume containing meeting minutes for shareholders and the Board of Directors, 1885-1891, along with a volume of company costs and expenses, 1909-1953. There are also advertising materials dated 1876-1904, including trading cards, albums, and other advertising collectibles from the W. Duke Sons & Co., Liggett & Myers, American Tobacco, and other tobacco companies.
- Collection Number
- W. Duke, Sons & Co. records and advertising materials
- W. Duke, Sons & Co.
- 6.5 Linear Feet, 4000 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The W. Duke, Sons & Co. records and advertising materials includes a volume containing meeting minutes for shareholders and the Board of Directors, 1885-1891, along with a volume of company costs and expenses, 1909-1953. There are also advertising materials dated 1876-1904, including a wide assortment of tobacco trading cards and other collectibles from the W. Duke, Sons & Co, Allen & Ginter, Kinney Bros. Co., Liggett & Myers, and many other tobacco brands. The collection has been arranged into Trading Cards, Booklets, Albums, and Assorted, depending on the format of the materials. The Trading Cards Series is by far the largest, and includes card collections of notable actresses, baseball players, public figures, and politicians, alongs with collections of country costumes, flags, wildlife, ships, musical instruments, and flowers. The Booklets series is a sort of subset of the trading cards, featuring small card-size booklets with stories and illustrations of famous people. The Albums Series includes bound scrapbooks, with individual collected cards, as well as albums published by the different tobacco companies that printed an entire series of cards. Finally, the Assorted Series includes stationary, oddly-shaped cards, background material, and cigarette boxes and tobacco pouches, some still full of cigarettes and tobacco.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], W. Duke, Sons & Co. Advertising Materials, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
This series contains trading cards of various sizes and themes such as "Girls," "Actresses," "Coins of all Nations," and "Baseball Champions." The majority of these cards were distributed by W. Duke, Sons & Co., however other companies, such as Liggett & Myers, Allen & Ginter, American Tobacco, and Turkish Red, among others, are also represented.
This series contains small booklets from cigarette packages. The booklets include an image on the cover and printed text inside.
This series includes a variety of other advertising materials, such as stationary, albums, and a set of watercolor prints produced by R. H. Macy & Co. which were distributed by various cigarette companies including W. Duke, Sons, & Co., among others. The series also includes information on the exhibition of these advertising materials at Duke University and the Duke Homestead Museum.
This series contains albums produced by cigarette companies such as W. Duke, Sons & Co., Consols Cigarettes, and Allen & Ginter Co. These bound albums were produced for collectors of trading cards and reproduce the full series of cards such as "Costumes of All Nations" and "Yacht Colors of the World."
W. Duke, Sons & Co. was a tobacco manufacturer founded by Washington Duke in 1881. His son, James B. Duke, later became president of the American Tobacco Company. For more information on Duke family history, please visit the University Archives.
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- S.F. Hesse and Co
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The W. Duke, Sons & Co. Advertising Materials were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift. Formerly named the W. Duke, Sons & Co. Records.
Processed by Jane Metters, Mandy Lowell, and Elisabeth Narkin, completed January 2013
Encoded by Elisabeth Narkin, Meghan Lyon, January 2013
Updated by Kimberly Sims, August 2013 Updated by Alice Poffinberger, October 2015