Skip to main content

A. Randall Vinitsky Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000400
The A. Randall Vinitsky collection includes correspondence, newsletters, flyers and articles from Vinitsky's membership in the Oklahoma City Advertising Club, and samples of his work in advertising and also movie posters and promotions in Oklahoma City from the 1920s. It also includes sales promotions, pamphlets, and ads for Chrysler from the 1930s to 1950s. Of particular note are the war production and war bond propaganda posters he created in the 1940s for use in Chrysler factories. Produced for the Labor-Management Committee and directed at war plant workers, the collection contains black-and-white reproductions and preliminary sketches of the original silk-screened color posters

Dates

  • 1921 - 1956
  • Majority of material found within 1924 - 1939

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

3.75 Linear Feet (1 MB, 3 OS)

Abstract

A. Randall Vinitsky was an advertising artist active from the 1920s to 1950s. He began his career in Detroit at the Franklin Press, but moved on to Oklahoma City in 1920 to work for the Southwestern Advertising Company. He also owned his own company, Vinitsky Art Studio, and was known for creating movie displays at the Criterion and Capitol Theaters. In Oklahoma he belonged to the Oklahoma City Advertising Club, where he headed The Problem Pirates and the Gridiron Committee. In 1925 he moved back to Detroit, first working at Meinzinger Studios and then for Chrysler Corporation where he produced artwork for promotions from the 1930s to 1950s. The A. Randall Vinitsky collection includes correspondence, newsletters, flyers and articles from Vinitsky's membership in the Oklahoma City Advertising Club, and samples of his work in advertising and also movie posters and promotions in Oklahoma City from the 1920s. It also includes sales promotions, pamphlets, and ads for Chrysler from the 1930s to 1950s. Of particular note are the war production and war bond propaganda posters he created in the 1940s for use in Chrysler factories. Produced for the Labor-Management Committee and directed at war plant workers, the collection contains black-and-white reproductions and preliminary sketches of the original silk-screened color posters.

History

A. Randall Vinitsky was an advertising artist active from the 1920s to 1950s. He began his career in Detroit at the Franklin Press, but moved on to Oklahoma City in 1920 to work for the Southwestern Advertising Company. He also owned his own company, Vinitsky Art Studio, and was known for creating movie displays at the Criterion and Capitol Theaters. In Oklahoma he belonged to the Oklahoma City Advertising Club, where he headed The Problem Pirates and the Gridiron Committee. In 1925 he moved back to Detroit, first working at Meinzinger Studios and then for Chrysler Corporation where he produced artwork for promotions from the 1930s to 1950s.

Arrangement of the Papers

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are primarily arranged in their original order as they were found in bound scrapbooks.

Location

4W-A-1(5)

Acquisition

Materials were donated to the Reuther Library by Ms. Vinitsky on July 17, 1970.

Related Material

  1. UAW Chrysler Department Records
  2. UAW Local 7 Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Makas on February 8, 2011.
Title
Guide to the A. Randall Vinitsky Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kathy Makas; encoded by Kathy Makas.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA