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

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Holly Deakyne, Samantha Brown, Melanie Rinehart

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 21, 2019
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Records document the history of the company from its incorporation in 1922 through the early twenty-first century.

Records include the Subject Files documenting the history of Time Inc. as an organization, focusing on the areas of corporate, editorial, and publishing; the Bio Files documenting the careers of Time Inc. staff, non-staff closely associated with the company, and notable figures; the Reference Files, originally Time Inc.'s central file, documenting the history of various Time Inc. divisions, franchises, and staff organizations, along with runs of staff newsletters; the Index Cards used by Time Inc. staff for writing, searching, and cross referencing Time Inc.'s major magazines, published books, and interviews; the Corporate General Records contain files created and maintained by the Time Inc. corporate offices including stock certificates, five-year plans, notary seals, patents, printing agreements, and organizational records from affiliates and subsidiaries; the Corporate Editorial Records from editorial staff overseeing all publications at Time Inc., including Editors-in-Chief Donovan Hedley, Henry Grunwald, and Jason McManus; Time Editorial Records from managing editors, executive editors, and other staff and offices;  Fortune Editorial Records from managing editors, the art department, and staff writers;  Life Editorial Records include files from offices and staff that produced both the original version of  Life and the revived monthly version; files from Edgar P. Smith regarding the financials and possible sale of Time Inc.'s architectural and building magazines; research materials from the  TimeTime Research Center collected and used by reporters and researchers at various magazines across Time Inc.; materials used in the production of the radio, film, and television versions of  The March of Time; the New Building Department Records documenting the design, construction, and furnishing of the Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center; the Administration, Human Resources and Personnel Records documenting employee relations, benefits, and personnel policies; Staff Organizations document membership organizations involving only Time Inc. staff; Corporate Public Affairs Department Records contain office files from the vice president, associate director, Radio/TV Publicity Office, chief Speechwriter, and files on Community Relations projects, exhibitions, and general files including annual reports, press releases, and other administrative issues; News Clippings contain copies of news articles about Time Warner and AOL Time Warner, its publications, and its subsidiaries collected by the Time Inc. Library and Archives; the Printing Developments, Inc. containing business expense ledgers and payroll books of this subsidiary; the Real Estate Division Records on building and land purchases, construction, and alternations for offices and other facilities of Time Inc. and its subsidiaries;  Fortune Publishing and Business Records from the office of Publisher William Geer, the offices of public affairs and promotions, and collected audiovisual material on  Fortune; the Books and Arts Associate Records focus on the finances this group within Time Inc. that monitored Time Inc.'s minority investments in foreign publishing houses; the Invitational Records documenting an annual invitation-only sporting event held to foster relationships with advertisers; the Annual Reports including financial reports, fact books, or  Year in Review; a chronological run of covers from  Time magazine; research, transcripts, and audiovisual material from interviews of Time Inc. staff; bound issues of  Time with annotations primarily of the initials of the writer, editor and researcher of each article; and files documenting the attempt to create a new corporate logo or trademark for use throughout the company.

This Guide is an overview of the portion of the archive that is processed and open to researchers. Further summary of the content is found in the Container List. More detailed description of the content is included in the Guides for the individual record groups that constitute the archive. Researchers with inquiries that appear to fall outside the scope of this material should contact the Curator of Manuscripts.

Arrangement Note

The Time Inc. records are organized into record groups, each described in more detail in its own finding aid. See the Container List for summary information about each record group and the link to the detailed Guide for each group. The detailed Guides provide more information about the scope and arrangement of each record group, including the container inventory.