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Guide to the J. Walter Thompson Company. London Office. Sam Soper Papers, 1941-1996 and undated

Abstract

Founded in 1864, the J. Walter Thompson Company is one of the oldest and largets enduring advertising agencies in the United States. The JWT London Office opened in 1899. Sam Soper was an advertising executive with JWT's London Office over a 40-year career, primarily in the Control Department. He retired in 1971 as Associate Director.

The JWT London Office Sam Soper Papers span the years 1941-1996 and consist of World War II-era correspondence and company newsletters, along with an autobiography and supplemental materials written by Soper. Clients mentioned in the autobiography include Rowntree, Reckitt, and Parker Pen. 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. London Office.
Title
J. Walter Thompson Company. London Office. Sam Soper papers 1941-1996 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet, 150 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

The JWT London Office Sam Soper Papers span the years 1941-1996 and consist of World War II-era correspondence and company newsletters, along with an autobiography and supplemental materials written by Soper. Clients mentioned in the autobiography include Rowntree, Reckitt, and Parker Pen. Arranged alphabetically.

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Contents of the Collection

Autobiography, My JWT Life 1932-1971, 1996
Box 1
Autobiography, My JWT Life 1932-1971, 1996, supplement
Box 1
Correspondence, 1942-1946
Box 1
JWT wartime newsletters and other materials, 1941-1946
Box 1

Historical Note

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
[]Born Wilfred Thomas Soper
1932Hired into Proof and Type Department, JWT London, first as Proof Filer, then Typographer
1935Control Department, JWT London
1940-1945World War II service, Royal Armoured Corps
1945Rejoined JWT London Control Department
1959Named Associate Director, JWT London
1971Retired from JWT
2001 Dec. 25Died, London

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. Walter Thompson Company. London Office. Sam Soper Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The J. Walter Thompson Company. London Office. Sam Soper Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Richard Collier, January 2011

Encoded by Richard Collier, January 2011

Accession is described in this finding aid.

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

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