The J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT), founded in 1864, is one of the oldest and largest enduring advertising agencies in the United States. The J. Walter Thompson Company Biographical Information collection includes articles, clippings, press releases, internal memoranda and other printed materials that pertain to the lives and careers of over 3,000 managers, executives and staff members of JWT. Extensive files exist for some notable JWT executives, including Don Johnston, Helen and Stanley Resor, Norman Strouse, James Walter Thompson, and James Webb Young.
The J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT) Biographical Information collection spans the years 1916-1998, with the bulk of materials falling between the 1960s and 1980s, and includes articles, clippings, press releases, internal memoranda and other printed materials that pertain to the lives and careers of over 3,000 managers, executives and staff members of JWT. Most of the materials involve promotions, relocations and new assignments, but some articles deal with staff member's hobbies, personal lives, and professional activities outside JWT. Extensive files exist for some notable JWT executives, including Don Johnston, Helen and Stanley Resor, Norman Strouse, J. Walter Thompson, and James Webb Young.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by name into two series: Main Files and Thumbnail Sketches. In addition, a few large-format items that have been relocated to Oversize Materials. The Main Files Series includes files on over 2,700 executives and staff members of JWT. Materials include articles, clippings and company announcements of promotions, assignments, retirements and obituaries. The Thumbnail Sketches Series includes clippings of the column "Thumbnail Sketches" that ran in the J. Walter Thompson Company Newsletter between 1946 and 1964, and profiled over 700 employees, mainly account representatives, creative directors and other middle-management staff. These articles were informal and frequently humorous, intended to introduce notable staff to the larger JWT community. Many of the employees profiled went on to become key executives at JWT, so the Thumbnail Sketches provide a glimpse of future directors and presidents early in their careers.
Further biographical information on JWT staff and officers may be found in other collections within the J. Walter Thompson Company Archives, notably in Writings and Speeches, Personnel Records, Publications and the Newsletter Collection, as well as in the personal papers of individual executives, including the Colin Dawkins Papers, the Howard Henderson Papers, the Don Johnston Papers, the Stanley Resor Papers, the Norman Strouse Papers, the Edward G. Wilson Papers, and the James Webb Young Papers.