Guide to the Irving Sonn Papers, 1963-1977 and undated
Irving Sonn was a copy writer for several advertising agencies including: Ted Bates & Co.; Ogilvy & Mather; Compton Advertising, Inc.; and Needham, Harper & Steers.
The Irving Sonn Papers span the years 1963-1977 and contain general correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, photographs and presentation slides that primarily document the periods of Sonn's employment at Ted Bates & Co. and Needham, Harper & Steers. Also includes recordings of advertising spots and jingles in a variety of formats, including audiotape and cassettes; VHS and Umatic videocassettes; and 16mm film. Clients include: Burger King; Kodak; Kentucky Fried Chicken; and Toyota. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Sonn, Irving.
- Irving Sonn papers, 1963-1977 and undated
- Language of Material
- 3.25 Linear Feet, 2000 Items
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The Irving Sonn Papers Span the years 1963-1977 and contain general correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, photographs and presentation slides that primarily document the periods of Sonn's employment at Ted Bates & Co. and Needham, Harper & Steers. Also includes recordings of advertising spots and jingles in a variety of formats, including audiotape and cassettes; VHS and Umatic videocassettes; and 16mm film. Clients include Burger King; Kodak; Kentucky Fried Chicken; and Toyota.
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Series contains correspondence, presentation scripts, clippings and photographs primarily related to Sonn's employment at Ted Bates & Co. Also includes awards won by Sonn.
Series contains slides used in print advertising campaigns of various Ted Bates clients. Also includes slides for speeches and general market presentations, such as toiletries, household and drugs. Clients represented include Amtrak, Chevy, Burger King, Colgate, Datsun, Hertz, Hills Bros., J.C. Penney, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kodak, Kool, Listerine, Maybelline, McDonald's, Ortho, Panasonic, Pizza Hut, Prudential, Sheraton, Singer, Toyota, and the U.S. Navy, among others. Many of the times came organized in "wonder books" of slides devoted to particular clients or topics.
[Includes Flair, Ital Line, Jordan, Bufferin, Calgon, Chase Manhattan, Crazy Canadian, Davies County, Facelle, Manhattan Shirts, Matsushita Electric, Mars Corp., Industrial National Bank, Nair, NY Clearing House, Ocean Spray, RCA, Roses Lime Juice, Schmidts, Schweppes, Upjohn, Warner Lambert, Expeed, Xerox, and Yardley.]
Contains audio and videotapes of advertising spots, out takes, songs and jingles related to Ted Bates & Co. clients. Formats include 1/4 inch audio tapes, audiocassettes, 16 millimeter film, VHS tapes and Umatic tapes. Items were organized by format and arranged alphabetically.
Contains award plaques and trophies won by the Needham, Harper & Steers agency. Items arranged by format and listed alphabetically.
|1949||Graduated from New York University; worked as news clerk at the New York Times|
|1955||Began employment at Cortez F. Enloe, a company specializing in ethical drug advertising|
|1957||Joined Ted Bates & Co.|
|1960||Copy Chief and Vice President, Compton Advertising, Inc. Worked on the Proctor & Gamble; Brown & Williamson; Pertussin; and Sterling Drug accounts|
|1963||Vice President, Associate Creative Director and Copy Group Head, Ogilvy, Benson & Mather|
|1965||Named the first New York Creative Director at Needham, Harper & Steers|
|1971||Rejoined Ted Bates & Co.|
|1979||Left Ted Bates & Co. Founded his own advertising boutique, Irv Sonn Advertising, Inc.|
|1980-1985||Executive Creative Director, McCann-Erickson, San Francisco|
|1992||Died, Monterey, Calif.|
- Sonn, Irving, 1926-1992.
- Needham, Harper, and Steers Advertising.
- Ted Bates Advertising.
- Burger King Corporation.
- Eastman Kodak Company.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken (Firm)
- Toyota Jid?sha K?gy? Kabushiki Kaisha.
- Advertising -- United States -- History.
- Advertising -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Advertising executives.
- Advertising executives -- United States.
- Motion pictures.
- John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.
Materials related to this collection may be found in the following Hartman Center collections:
Materials related to Compton Advertising may be found in:
Materials related to Ogilvy Benson & Mather may be found in:
Materials related to other advertising Creative Directors may be found in:
[Identification of item], Irving Sonn Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Irving Sonn Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2004.
Processed by Ashley Urquhart, February 2009
Encoded by Jessica Wood, March 2009
Accession 2004-0143 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.