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Thomas J. Burrell is a Chicago-based advertising executive who started his own advertising agency, Burrell Communications, in 1971. Collection includes clippings, correspondence, texts of presentations, research reports, print advertisements, commercial scripts and storyboards and other printed materials as well as slides, photographs and audiovisual items (videocassettes, optical discs). Professional files reflect Burrell's specialization in advertising to African American and other minority consumer groups and the firm's approach to multicultural marketing. Materials also relate to Burrell's student years as well as notes and drafts of his book, Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority and Burrell's nonprofit organization The Resolutions Project. Companies represented include Bell Atlantic, Brown-Forman (Bacardi, Canadian Mist, Jack Daniels), Coca-Cola (including Sprite), K-Mart, McDonald's, Mobil, Philip Morris (Marlboro), Polaroid, Procter & Gamble (Tide, Gain, Crest, others) and Sears. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Collection includes clippings, correspondence, texts of presentations, research reports, print advertisements, commercial scripts and storyboards and other printed materials as well as slides, photographs and audiovisual items (videocassettes, optical discs). Professional files reflect Burrell's specialization in advertising to African American and other minority consumer groups and the firm's approach to multicultural marketing. Materials also relate to Burrell's student years as well as notes and drafts of his book, Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority and Burrell's nonprofit organization The Resolutions Project. Companies represented include Bell Atlantic, Brown-Forman (Bacardi, Canadian Mist, Jack Daniels), Coca-Cola (including Sprite), K-Mart, McDonald's, Mobil, Philip Morris (Marlboro), Polaroid, Procter & Gamble (Tide, Gain, Crest, others) and Sears. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.