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Guide to the J. Walter Thompson Company. Evan Peters scrapbooks, 1942-1952

Summary

Founded in 1864, the J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT) is one of the oldest and largest enduring advertising agencies in the United States. It is headquartered in New York. Evan Peters was an advertising executive and public relations specialist with JWT's offices in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Collection includes clippings, correspondence, photographs, brochures and other printed material that documents Peters' career in advertising and public relations during the 1940s and early 1950s. Brief biographical sketches throughout the scrapbooks outline Peters' career with the Olympic Hotel in Seattle and with J. Walter Thompson (JWT) offices in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Companies represented include California Raisin Advisory Board, Ford and the Ford Dealer Association, Glenn McCarthy Productions, Holly Sugar, International Minerals (makers of Ac'cent flavor enhancer), Kiwanis International (National Kids Day), Mabs of Hollywood, National Citrus Merchandising Committee (National Orange and Tangerine Week), Olga swimwear (Phillips-Van Heusen), San Francisco Municipal Railway, Washington State Apple Advertising Commission (Washington Apple Blossom Festival, Miss Delicious beauty contest) and Washington State Dairy Council. Many of the photographs and clippings feature business executives and Hollywood celebrities participating in festival events or modeling swimwear. Some materials depict American and foreign service personnel during World War II. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11156
Title
J. Walter Thompson Company. Evan Peters scrapbooks
Date
1942-1952
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection includes clippings, correspondence, photographs, brochures and other printed material that documents Peters' career in advertising and public relations during the 1940s and early 1950s. Brief biographical sketches throughout the scrapbooks outline Peters' career with the Olympic Hotel in Seattle and with J. Walter Thompson (JWT) offices in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Companies represented include California Raisin Advisory Board, Ford and the Ford Dealer Association, Glenn McCarthy Productions, Holly Sugar, International Minerals (makers of Ac'cent flavor enhancer), Kiwanis International (National Kids Day), Mabs of Hollywood, National Citrus Merchandising Committee (National Orange and Tangerine Week), Olga swimwear (Phillips-Van Heusen), San Francisco Municipal Railway, Washington State Apple Advertising Commission (Washington Apple Blossom Festival, Miss Delicious beauty contest) and Washington State Dairy Council. Many of the photographs and clippings feature business executives and Hollywood celebrities participating in festival events or modeling swimwear. Some materials depict American and foreign service personnel during World War II. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

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Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], J. Walter Thompson Company. Evan Peters scrapbooks, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Scrapbooks, 1942-1952
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Born 1901, Washington State. Public Relations Director, Olympic Hotel, Seattle, 1943; Manager, JWT Seattle Office, 1944; Pacific Northwest Manager, JWT, 1946; Director, West Coast JWT Public Relations Department, 1947; JWT Los Angeles, 1949; Account Representative, JWT San Francisco 1950. Died 1987, San Francisco.

Related Material

Related materials may be found in the following Hartman Center collections:

J. Walter Thompson Company San Francisco Office records; J. Walter Thompson Company Treasurer's Office records.


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Provenance

The J. Walter Thompson Company. Evan Peters scrapbooks were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Richard Collier, February 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 1997-0225