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Guide to the Henry R. Luce Papers
1894-2004 (bulk, 1932-1967)
 MS 3014

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Collection processed by Aleksandr Gelfand

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 18, 2021
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grover, Allen, 1900-1993
Creator: Time, inc.
Creator: Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987
Title: Henry R. Luce papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1894-2004 (bulk, 1932-1967)
Abstract: The Henry R. Luce papers include documents related to Luce's personal and professional life and highlight his legacy as a major publisher and an active participant in the public affairs of the 20th century. Files with correspondence, memoranda and printed materials from and about publishers, members of the clergy, politicians, businessmen, editors, journalists, syndicated columnists, ambassadors, military officers and generals, foreign dignitaries and other individuals make up a large portion of the collection. In addition there are original drafts and final versions of articles and speeches; letters to his parents and siblings; trip files; reel audio tape recordings; financial files; and photographs. There are also Time Inc. memoranda dealing with editorial policy, personnel, management, and publishing. Some of the records are those of Clare Boothe Luce, the wife of HRL, and Allen Grover, HRL's personal assistant. Subjects frequently addressed include international relations, Communism, the rule of law, Luce's vision for the United States, the mission of the press, China, economics, and private enterprise.
Quantity: 101.2 Linear feet in 205 boxes of various sizes and 13 folders with oversize materials.
Location: Some materials (RC Box 1-18) are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: Material is predominantly in English. Some materials are in Italian, French, Chinese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Finnish.
Call Phrase: MS 3014
Sponsor: The processing of the Henry R. Luce papers was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.