Guide to the J. Walter Thompson Company. Kennett Webb Hinks Papers, 1955-1963
The papers of Kennett Webb Hinks, an executive of the J. Walter Thompson Company, an advertising agency, span the years 1955-1963, and some are undated. The materials consist of copies of Hinks's outgoing office correspondence and memoranda. Letters discuss the planning of advertising campaigns for print, film and radio; market research; product design; selling strategies and advertising techniques; and budgeting. Many include summaries of business meetings. Correspondents include staff members, business associates and clients. The majority of the documents concern Lever Brothers Limited, manufacturer of a variety of soap and bathroom products. Other clients include the Wool Bureau and the New Holland Machine Company. There are frequent communications with other JWT offices in the United States and abroad. A limited amount of material pertains to Hinks's personal, business, and social affairs.
- Collection Number
- J. Walter Thompson Company. Kennett Webb Hinks papers
- J. Walter Thompson Company
- 1.5 Linear Feet, 900 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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[Identification of item], J. Walter Thompson Company. Kennett Webb Hinks Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
|1897 Sept. 3||
Born in Mineapolis, Minnesota
Earned Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota
Studied law and taught economics at the University of Minnesota
Joined J. Walter Thompson's Chicago Office and served as Director of Research
Appointed Pacific Coast Manager based at JWT's San Francisco Office
Manager of JWT's Berlin Office and supervised Vienna and Warsaw offices
Returned to JWT Chicago as Account Representative for Swift, Elgin and Northern Trust Co. accounts
Elected Vice President of JWT
Served as Lt. Commander, a Member of the Office of Strategic Services Planning Group
Joined JWT's New York Office as an Account Representative
Elected Director of JWT
Elected Director of J. Walter Thompson Ltd. (Canada)
Elected to JWT's Board of Directors Executive Committee
Became a Senior Vice President of JWT
Retired from JWT
|1982 July 22||
Died in Baltimore, Maryland
Active in advertising trade association work at his retirement, Hinks was a Director of The Advertising Council. He was a director of the Youth Consultation Service and the Manhattan-Westchester Division of the National Council of Christians and Jews, and a Director and Council Member of the Association for the Aid of Crippled Children.
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- Hinks, Kennett Webb, 1897-1982
- J. Walter Thompson Company
- John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History
- Lever Brothers
- New Holland Machine Company
- Wool Bureau
The Kennett Webb Hinks Papers were transferred to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library from the J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT) in 1987.
Processed by: Katherine Rose
Completed April 1997
Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller
Processing of this collection was supported in part by gifts from the J. Walter Thompson Company Fund and the John and Kelly Hartman Foundation.