Guide to the Richard Harvey Wright Papers, 1870-1980 and undated
Businessman of Durham, N.C., and founder of Wright Machinery Company. Wright Machinery merged with Sperry Rand Corporation on 29 March 1957. Collection dates from 1870-1980 and comprises correspondence, 1870-1941; legal papers; printed matter; business papers; financial papers; and clippings relating to Wright's business interests, particularly the Wright Machinery Company of Durham, N.C., manufacturer of packaging for tobacco products and various other kinds of commodities. There is much information on the economic history of Durham and the development of the tobacco industry. Volumes in the collection include financial records and letterpress books for business correspondence. Later additions comprise business correspondence; financial ledgers and statements; machinery licensing, leasing, and loan agreements; and legal documents of the Wright Machinery Company. Also includes one framed oil portrait of Wright, signed "Freeman. 1922."
- Collection Number
- Richard Harvey Wright papers
- 1870-1980 and undated
- Wright, Richard Harvey
- 150 Linear Feet, Approximately 234,423 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
- Correspondence Series, 1873-1941 and undated
- Legal Papers Series, 1879-1949 and undated
- Printed Material Series, 1898-1945 and undated
- Financial Papers Series, 1890-1950 and undated
- Memorabilia Series, 1944-1945 and undated
- Manuscript Volumes Series, 1887-1943 and undated
- 1987 Accession, 1928-1980 and undated
- Oversize Material
Collection (232,267 items; dated 1870-1980) comprises extensive files of correspondence dating from 1873-1941; legal papers; printed matter; many business and financial papers; and clippings relating to Wright's business interests, particularly the Wright Machinery Company of Durham, N.C., manufacturer of packaging for tobacco products and various other kinds of commodities. There is much information on the economic history of Durham and the development of the tobacco industry. Volumes in the collection include financial records and many letterpress books for business correspondence.
Additions (4-27-79) (2002-086) comprise business correspondence; machinery licensing, leasing, and loan agreements; and legal documents (2101 items, dated 1941-1967) of the Wright Machinery Company. Also includes one framed oil portrait of Wright, signed "Freeman. 1922."
Addition (2005-108) (65 items, 1.1 lin. ft.; dated 1877-1905) comprises one letter book; one financial ledger; a judgment appeal; general contractor reports and statements; rental statements; and checks.
Two accessions (97-087 and 97-105) containing chiefly print materials from Wright Machinery Company, including company newsletters, were separated from the Wright Papers and placed in the Wright Machinery Company Records collection.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Richard Harvey Wright Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Additional correspondence (bound letterbooks from 1888-1905, 1928-1929) can be found in box 305.
Additional legal papers can be found in box 270.
Series includes a variety of printed matter including machinery advertisements and instructional guides, military recruitment materials, and international machinery catalogues. Additional printed materials can be found in box 272.
Series contains all financial records for Wright's companies, including Durham Traction Company, Wright Real Estate, Wright Machinery Company, and Allenton Company. Additional financial papers (financial record books) can be found in box 304. Box 269 also contains photos.
Series includes cigarettes boxes, photographs, blue prints, and calendars.
Series includes bound volumes consisting of correspondence, accounts, and journals.
Addition (1-21-87) is an unprocessed collection of company records grouped by topic. Personal records in Box 3 include correspondence between Wright and his wife, Helen, military papers for J. D. Wright, and obituary articles for Wright and family.
Richard Harvey Wright (1894-1980) was a businessman and native of Durham, North Carolina. Founder of Wright Machinery Company. Wright Machinery merged with Sperry Rand Corporation on March 29, 1957. President of Allenton Company and Wright Real Estate, both family companies. Collection includes papers of his uncle, Richard H. Wright (1851-1929), partner of W. Duke and Son Tobacco Company and owner of Durham Traction Company and Durham Telephone Company.
- Wright Machinery Company Records, 1943-1989 (most print materials were originally accessions 97-087 and 97-105 from Wright Papers) (Rubenstein Library, Duke University)
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- Business records -- North Carolina -- Durham
- Industries -- North Carolina
- Tobacco industry -- North Carolina -- Durham
The Richard Harvey Wright Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1979, 2002, and 2005.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff.
Encoded by Carrie Mills, April 2011
Accessions 4-27-1979, 2002-086, 2005-108 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.