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Scripto Pen Company records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1013

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1923-1981, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


6.663 linear ft. (2 document cases and 5 oversize boxes)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2006

Related Archival Materials

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

Description Control

Collection processed in 2012.

Scripto Pen Company records
Paul Crater
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305