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

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Aleksandr Gelfand

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 04, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents Note

The Henry R. Luce (hereafter HRL) papers include documents related to HRL's personal and professional life and which highlight his legacy as a major publisher and an active participant in public affairs of the 20th century. The collection includes extensive files with correspondence, memoranda and printed materials from and about publishers, members of the clergy, politicians, businessmen, editors, journalists, correspondents, ambassadors, officers and generals, judges, professors, college and university presidents, civil servants, foreign dignitaries, staff members of Time Inc., artists, writers, actors, movie producers and directors, lawyers, missionaries, friends of the Luce family from China and the United States, HRL's former schoolmates and professors, individuals HRL met while traveling, and various others.

In addition there are original drafts and finished versions of articles and speeches given at college convocations and commencements; Time Inc. anniversaries, lunches, and meetings; on radio stations; at award ceremonies; as interviews and testimony; and in front of various religious, civic, business, and professional groups. The articles include those written for LIFE, TIME, FORTUNE, and as book forewords. Of note are original letters written by HRL to his parents and siblings as a young man while living in China, traveling, and while attending school at Hotchkiss, Yale, and Chefoo.

There are also extensive domestic and international trip files; original awards given to HRL; reel audio tape recordings; correspondence, reports, and printed materials received from organizations and institutions HRL was involved with; checkbooks, bank statements, and other financial files; a large number of photographs of HRL as a child, with family members, working, relaxing, attending events, traveling, and with prominent individuals; and internal memoranda dealing with personnel, management, publishing and other issues involving Time Inc.

Subjects frequently found in HRL's speeches, articles, correspondence, and memoranda include international relations and world affairs, Communism and the Cold War, the rule of law and world peace through law, United States politics, public policy, his vision for the United States, the challenges and issues confronting the United States, the mission of the press, Asia and China, economics, religion, private enterprise, and World War II.

Some of the records are those of Clare Boothe Luce and consists primarily of her financial records, clippings, photographs, and subject files. Also included in the collection are records of Allen Grover, a longtime personal assistant to HRL and Vice President at Time Inc. These deal with his activities managing the personal and professional affairs of HRL, Clare Boothe Luce, and other members of the Luce family, as well as those of Time Inc.

Arrangement Note

Overall Organization

The collection is organized in the following series:

Series I. Biographical and Subject Files, 1916-2004 (bulk, 1930-1967)

Series II. Speeches and Writings, 1916-1967 (bulk, 1930-1966)

Series III. Notable Memoranda, 1931-1967

Series IV. Family Correspondence and School Records, 1898-1973 (bulk, 1898-1948)

Series V. Subject Name Files, 1894-1995 (bulk 1933-1967)

Series VI. Allen Grover Files, 1933-1961 (bulk 1938-1959)

Series VII. Clare Boothe Luce Subject Files, circa 1925?-1995 (bulk 1935-1975)

Series VIII. Financial Files, 1933-1963

Series IX. Photographs, circa 1897?-2001 (bulk 1900-1967)

Specific Notes

With minor exceptions, the collection follows original order with most of the original folder titles having been retained.

The term "includes," when used at the file level, indicates that the item(s) mentioned are just some of the things found in the indicated folder. The term "contains," when used at the file level, indicates that the item(s) described constitute the entire content of the indicated folder.

Box numbers prefaced with "RC" indicate a record carton and those prefaced with "FF" indicate flat files.