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Rush D. Touton Tobacco Collection
Bernath Mss 112  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • 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

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    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.