Container Corporation of America collection
MSCCA_87

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Container Corporation of America.
Title
Container Corporation of America collection
ID
MSCCA_87
Date [inclusive]
1964-2000
Extent
165.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
This collection contains posters, examples of packaging, brochures, catalogs, artifacts, and other graphic and textual materials.

Preferred Citation

Container Corporation of America collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The Container Corporation of America was founded in 1926 when Walter P. Paepcke united 14 small manufacturers of paper boxes and containers. Headquartered in Chicago, the Container Corporation's sales grew from $20 million in 1936 to over $400 million by 1965, when it employed over 20,000 people world wide. In 1968, the company merged with Chicago retailer Montgomery Ward and was renamed Marcor. It has subsequently been taken over by oil company Mobil and then by Jefferson Smurfit. As early as the 1930s, the Container Corporation was well known as a leader of corporate graphic design for its packaging, publications, logos and advertising. Former Directors of design Egbert Jacobson and Ralph Eckerstrom were particularly influential designers in Chicago.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives July 2006

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Container Corporation of America. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Design History.
  • Design, Industrial -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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Collection Inventory

File listing not available online. Please contact Special Collections for file level description.