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Guide to the Time Inc. Records Overview
1853-2015
 MS 3009

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Collection processed by Holly Deakyne, Samantha Brown, Melanie Rinehart

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 18, 2019
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RG 3. Time Inc. Reference Files (1907-2015)

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The Time Inc. Reference Files document the history of various Time Inc. divisions such as the editing and publishing groups for the major titles, Circulation, various office locations, and Public Affairs; franchises such as the Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue" and Time "Person of the Year" (originally "Man of the Year"); and staff organizations. Materials include press releases; handbooks and manuals; runs of employee newsletters and in-house organs, such as FYI and Keywords; seventy years of staff-wide memos; and lists of department heads, correspondents, contributors, and subsidiaries.

While the Reference Files seem to serve a similar purpose to the Time Inc. Subject Files, this record group may have, at one point, been organically created by departments sending copies of informative records to Time Inc.'s "central file." It isn't clear which department had ownership of that file or who was allowed to access it. The creation of Reference Files or the central file may have changed over time.

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