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Guide to the J. Walter Thompson Company. Jack Hilton Papers, 1969-1979 and undated

Abstract

Founded in 1864, the J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT) is one of the oldest and largest enduring advertising agencies in the United States. Jack Hilton was a radio and management consultant who joined the Public Relations Department of JWT, and held positions of Chief Operating Officer and President of the Telecommunications Division at JWT during the 1970s.

The Jack Hilton Papers cover the years 1969-1979 and contains files primarily relating to Hilton's work in the Public Relations Department of the J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT). The collection consists of scripts from Hilton's radio program Balance Sheet; quarterly reports from the public relations department of JWT; public relation accounts; correspondence related to personnel and financial issues; a TeleCommunications Development Course; applications to professional organizations; and biographical information including a photograph. Clients mentioned in the papers include Exxon, Ford, Kraft, Mobil Oil, Seven-Up, and Sears. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
J. Walter Thompson Company.
Title
J. Walter Thompson Company. Jack Hilton papers 1969-1979 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet, 1050 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

The Jack Hilton Papers cover the years 1969-1979 and contains files primarily relating to Hilton's work in the Public Relations Department of the J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT). The collection consists of scripts from Hilton's radio program "Balance Sheet" ; quarterly reports from the public relations department of JWT; public relation accounts; correspondence related to personnel and financial issues; a TeleCommunications Development Course; applications to professional organizations; and biographical information including a photograph. Clients mentioned in the papers include Exxon, Ford, Kraft, Mobil Oil, Seven-Up, and Sears.

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Contents of the Collection

Arranged alphabetically

Includes scripts from Hilton's radio program; quarterly reports from the Public Relations Department of JWT; public relation accounts; correspondence related to personnel and financial issues; the TeleCommunications Development Course; applications to professional organizations; and biographical information.

Overseas Press Club of America, 1974
Box 1
Pinnacle Club, 1974
Box 1
Public Relations Society of America, 1974
Box 1
Balance Sheet scripts, 1978-1979
(4 folders)
Box 1
Barry Farber TV, undated
Box 1
Bette Clemens, undated
Box 1
Correspondence and memoranda, 1976-1978
(3 folders)
Box 1
Jack Hilton biographical and photo, undated
Box 2
Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Association, annual meeting, 1976
Box 2
PR Department, 1969-1973

[Arranged quarterly]

(1-10 of 14 folders)
Box 2
PR Department, 1972-1973 (continued)

[Arranged quarterly]

(11-14 of 14 folders)
Box 3
Public relations accounts, 1960s-1973
(4 folders)
Box 3
Sears Commentator, 1972 Aug.
Box 3
Faculty correspondence, 1977
Box 3
Silver Anvil entry, 1975
Box 3
Solicitation letters, 1977
Box 3
University of Houston, 1975
Box 3

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1937, June 18Born, Chicago, Ill.
circa 1955BS, Northwestern University
1957-1962News broadcaster, WGN Television, Chicago
1962-1964News broadcaster, WBBM Radio (CBS), Chicago
1964-1969News broadcaster, WIND Radio (Group W), Chicago
1969Manager, Public Relations Department, J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT); elected Vice President, JWT
1970Director of Public Relations, JWT
1973Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, JWT; relocated to New York
1974Joined Overseas Press Club of America, the Pinnacle Club, and the Public Relations Society of America
1975President, Telecommunications Department, JWT; originated and founded the TeleCommunications Development Course

Jack Hilton's work in radio broadcasting included the show "Balance Sheet." He received several broadcast and management awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award. Hilton served on the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee on Communications for the Secretary of State, Illinois, and was active in the Easter Seal Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the National Association for Mental Health.

Subject Headings

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Related Material

Related material can be found in the following J. Walter Thompson Company collections:

Biographical Information

Writings and Speeches

Publications Collection

Loy Baxter Papers

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. Walter Thompson Company. Jack Hilton Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The J. Walter Thompson Company. Jack Hilton Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Diana Poythress, March 2010

Encoded by Diana Poythress, March 2010

Accession 2006-0079 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.