Scripto Pen Company records
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Scripto Pen Company records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Scripto Pen Company (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Scripto Pen Company records
Dates: 1923-1981, undated
Quantity: 6.663 linear ft. (2 document cases and 5 oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS1013

Biographical/Historical Note

The Scripto Pen Company originated as the M. A. Ferst Company in Atlanta, Georgia. The company's name was changed to Scripto, meaning "I write" in Latin, in 1924. Scripto produced and sold mechanical pencils and pens, and in 1955, added refillable butane lighters to their product line. In late 1964 and early 1965, Scripto Pen Company faced a major labor strike, in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. participated along with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The president of the company at the time of the strike, James V. Carmichael, negotiated with the International Chemical Workers Union, Local 754, to resolve the strike and reach a settlement. In 1974, Scripto partnered with the Japanese firm of Tokai-Seiki to sell disposable lighters. Tokai-Seiki became Tokai Corporation and purchased Scripto in 1984. The company's name changed again in 1988 to Scripto-Tokai, and the headquarters moved from Atlanta to California with manufacturing operations in Tijuana, Mexico. The company discontinued all of its pencil products after the move. In 2006, the company's name changed to Scripto USA. As of 2012, the company is grouped with Calico brands under the parent company Tokai World. The company's focus is solely on pocket and utility lighters, and they no longer produce writing instruments.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personnel and marketing records, and documentation of the labor strike at the Scripto Pen Company. The early personnel records include employee names, start dates, previous employment, and wage rates. Volumes of marketing publications and advertisements illustrate trade and commercial print advertisements Scripto Pen Company used for their writing instruments and disposable lighters. National and local newspaper clippings included in the collection relate to the labor union strike of 1964-1965 and document the effect of the Civil Rights Movement on labor negotiations and unions at Scripto Pen Company. The collection also includes a log of incident reports during the labor union strike. This log documents incidents recorded by Scripto employees of picket line activity and any threats or acts of violence reported or witnessed by employees coming or leaving for their shifts. Included in the reports are times and dates of incidents, and names of employees involved or witnesses. There are records of the Scripto plant's physical relocation, which includes documentation of the environmental impact of industrial waste produced at the plant. In addition, there are bound volumes of stock certificates and individual stock certificates.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Cargill, Wilson, and Acree, Inc.
Carmichael, James Vinson, 1910-1972
Civil rights movements--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century
Factory and trade waste--Environmental aspects--Georgia
Factory and trade waste--Management
Ferst, M. A., (Monie)
International Chemical Workers Union
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Labor unions--Georgia
Marshchalk Company
McCann-Marschalk Company
Pens--United States--History
Scripto Pen Company (Atlanta, Ga.)--History.
Scripto Pen Company (Atlanta, Ga.).
Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Strikes and lockouts--Georgia--Atlanta
Strikes and lockouts--Office equipment and supplies industry
Writing--Materials and instruments

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Scripto Pen Company records, MSS 1013, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2006

Description Control

Collection processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted throught the Kenan Research Center.

Related Material

Scripto Pen Company photographs, VIS 204, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Container List




11Personnel, A-C, 1924-1926
2Personnel, D-G, 1924-1926
3Personnel, H-J, 1924-1926
4Personnel, K-P, 1924-1926
5Plant relocation and industrial waste management, 1963-1965
6Strike publicity (national), 1964
7Strike publicity (national), 1964
8Strike publicity (national), 1964-1965



21Strike publicity (local), 1964-1965
2Product testimonials, 1940-1968, undated
3Marketing advertisements, articles, and reports, 1931-1981, undated
4Stock certificates, 1923
Stock certificates record book, 1943-1945
Stock certificates record book, 1945-1946


MSS OS Box 3.629Incident report log from labor union strike, 1964-1965


MSS OS Box 3.630Trade advertisements of Scripto writing instruments by McCann-Marschalk Company, 1962-1965
Consumer advertisements for Scripto writing instruments and lighters by The Marschalk Company, 1961-1965


MSS OS Box 3.631Trade advertisements of Scripto writing instruments and lighters by The Marschalk Company, 1966
Report and advertisements of product merchandising through television stations, 1965


MSS OS Box 3.632Trade advertisements for Scripto writing instruments and lighters by The Marschalk Company, "Book 1", 1967
Trade advertisements for Scripto writing instruments and lighters by The Marschalk Company, "Book 2", 1967


MSS OS Box 3.633Trade advertisements for Scripto writing instruments and lighters by The Marschalk Company, 1968
Trade advertisements for Scripto writing instruments and lighters by Cargill, Wilson, and Acree, Inc., 1971-1973
Plaque of Scripto pencil advertisement from trade magazine, undated