Rush D. Touton Tobacco Collection

Preliminary arrangement and description by Special Collections staff; latest revision by Kylie Dodd
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Guide to the Rush D. Touton Tobacco Collection, ca. 1924-1981 [bulk dates 1930-1960]

Collection number: Bernath Mss 112

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
Special Collections staff; K. Dodd
Date Completed:
Dec. 6, 2012
Latest revision:
Jan. 22, 2013
Encoded by:
A. Demeter
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Rush D. Touton Tobacco Collection
Dates: ca. 1924-1981
Bulk Dates: 1930-1960
Collection number: Bernath Mss 112
Collection Size: 1.45 linear feet (1 carton and 1 flat oversize box).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: Includes material on tobacco industry in Puerto Rico and Sumatra; many photographs, mainly black and white and in U.S.
Physical location: Del Norte (box 1); Del Norte Oversize (box 2).
Languages: English, Dutch

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Preferred Citation

Rush D. Touton Tobacco Collection. Bernath Mss 112. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2004.

Scope and Content of Collection

From dealer description:
"Archive of letters, photographs, printed ephemera, typescripts, and published articles, 1924-1981, documenting the long career of tobacco industry engineer and executive Rush D. Touton of the Philadelphia-based Wurton Machine Company and (later) the Solaranza Company. Early in his career Touton designed and patented successful machines and special production processes for tobacco casing and curing. In concert with Harry P. Wurman, Executive Vice-President of the Philadelphia-based Bayuk Cigar Company (maker of the famous "Phillies" cigar), Touton established the Wurton Machine Co. Working out of Bayuk's cigar factory, the Wurton Company manufactured and leased improved tobacco stringing machines and provided technical assistance to tobacco growers, especially in Connecticut and Sumatra. In turn, these growers sold their tobacco to the Bayuk Company. In 1961 Touton took complete control of the Wurton Company, renamed it the Solaranza Company, and trained its expertise on Puerto Rican tobacco production, still for the benefit of the Bayuk Company, with which Touton worked simultaneously as technical advisor and public spokesman for over 50 years.
"Rush Touton's records of his tobacco industry career comprise: over 125 photographs, [...] over 340 manuscript, typed, and printed items, [...] typescripts, off-prints, and advertisements for Touton's professional articles, speeches, and public announcements regarding tobacco machinery, and typed and printed technical reports, diagrams, instructions and leases for the same; and related paper and metal tobacco ephemera (e.g., booklets, metal nameplates for machinery produced by Touton's businesses)."

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Touton, Rush D.
Wurton Machine Company.
Bayuk Cigar Company.
Solaranza Company.
Tobacco industry--Sumatra.
Tobacco industry--Puerto Rico.