Special Collections Department
J.K. Wright Printing
1852 - 1923
Manuscript Collection Number: 411
Accessioned: Gift of Ethyl Sparks Sikes, 1991 and 1993
Extent: .5 linear feet
Content: Prints, letterhead, minutes, ledger, and magazines
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: Sally W. Donatello, May 2001
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
J.K. Wright Printing Ink Company, located in center- city Philadelphia, was originally incorporated in 1902 in Camden, New Jersey. Its purpose was “to manufacture printers and lithographers inks, varnishes, plate oils, pigments, paints and oils, and kindred products and to buy, sell, trade, deal in and with the same.” The principals of the company were John K. Wright, Henry J. Kingsbury, and W.L. Wier. Wright held the majority stock of eight shares, while the other principals each had one share. Officers elected at the first board meeting were J.K. Wright, president; Henry A. Ingram, secretary; and, William Shuman, treasurer.
John K. Wright had owned a business at 26th and Aspen Street in Philadelphia, and he sold his equipment to the newly-formed business at 26th Street above Pennsylvania Avenue. The sign on the building, as depicted on prints and letterhead in the collection, read “J.K. Wright & Co. and Fairmount Printing Ink Works.” After Wright died in the summer of 1904, George W. Wright was unanimously elected president. Other officers were secretary Wallace L. Wright and treasurer M. Josephine Wright.
Introductory note obtained from the collection.
The J.K. Wright Printing Ink Company Records, spanning the dates 1852-1923, consists of .5 linear feet of prints, letterhead, minutes, ledger, and magazines. This small collection documents an ink business at the beginning of the twentieth century in Philadelphia. The majority of the records consists of minutes from the company’s first three years and a ledger with formulas to make inks. The ink- stained ledger lists formulas for job batches such as “Portrait Black Ink,” “Black Peate Ink,” and “Dull Finish Stamping Ink.” There are two documents about shareholders and their stock holdings. Additionally, there are prints showing the façade of the company’s building and sheets of company letterhead. Issues of magazines relating to the printing industry published in the 1920s include Yours Truly, A Magazine about Letters and Letter Writing (1922) and The Blue Pencil (1922-1923).
Ms 408 Sparks Family Papers
F2 Photographs—for a photograph of Grace Wright, who was related to the Sparks family.
Box -- Folder -- Contents
1 F1 Print, n.d. An Asher & Adams’s black-and-white image of the printing company 5 3/8 “ x 7” F2 Letterhead (10 items) Company logo in black and white; includes address at 243 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia F3 Minutes, 1902-1905 Company minutes from incorporation to a year after the death of the first owner, John K. Wright F4 Ledger, 23 Jan 1909-19 Nov 1912 (3 items) Seventy-six pages of formulas for inks; verso of cover has a label with the following: James Arnold Blank Book Manufacturer, No. 518 Minor St, Philadelphia; laid in the ledger were two prints of the company’s building, printed in yellow ink, on the verso are formulas for inks F5 Financial documents, 1906 (2 items) Stockholders’ information F6 Magazines, 1922-1923 (8 items) Copies of The Blue Pencil F7 Magazines, 1922 (2 items) Copies of Truly Yours, A Magazine of Letters and Letter Writing F8 Certificate, 1885 Attendance, conduct & lessons record for George Wright from the N.W. Boys’Gram [mar] School 2 Contents of F4
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