Guide to the J. Walter Thompson Company. Kennett Webb Hinks Papers, 1955-1963

Collection Overview

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.

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Collection Details

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.

Contents of the Collection

Historical Note


Date Event(s)
1897 Sept. 3 Born in Mineapolis, Minnesota
1920 Earned Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota
1920-1921 Studied law and taught economics at the University of Minnesota
1921-1924 Joined J. Walter Thompson's Chicago Office and served as Director of Research
1925-1929 Appointed Pacific Coast Manager based at JWT's San Francisco Office
1929-1932 Manager of JWT's Berlin Office and supervised Vienna and Warsaw offices
1932-1936 Returned to JWT Chicago as Account Representative for Swift, Elgin and Northern Trust Co. accounts
1936-1942 Elected Vice President of JWT
1942-1945 Served as Lt. Commander, a Member of the Office of Strategic Services Planning Group
1946 Joined JWT's New York Office as an Account Representative
1949 Elected Director of JWT
1952 Elected Director of J. Walter Thompson Ltd. (Canada)
1955 Elected to JWT's Board of Directors Executive Committee
1961 Became a Senior Vice President of JWT
1964 Jan. 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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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.

Processing Information

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.