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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

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. Records Overview
Dates [inclusive]: 1853-2015
Abstract: The Time Inc. Records document the history of the company from its incorporation in 1922 through the early twenty-first century. The first three record groups, Subject Files, Bio Files, and Reference Files, are collections assembled by the Time Inc. Archives that document the history of Time Inc., its departments, and its staff. Other record groups contain files directly from corporate offices and the offices of the editorial and publishing sides of the various publications and other departments at Time Inc. along with smaller collections assembled by the Time Inc. Archives and Library. Because departments frequently collaborated on projects and events or received the same updates via group memoranda or reports, records on the same topic may be found in several record groups or series. These records will generally reflect different viewpoints on the same topic. This Guide is an overview of the portion of the archive that is processed and open to researchers. More detailed description of the content is included in the Guides for the individual record groups that constitute the archive.
Quantity: 3478.16 Linear feet
Call Phrase: MS 3009
Sponsor: The processing of the Time Inc. Records was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Historical Note and Chronology

 HISTORY OF TIME INC.

For a comprehensive history of Time Inc. and its founders, see the authorized histories of Time Inc. listed in the citations at the end.

Henry Robinson Luce and Briton Hadden met while classmates at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. They became friends while working on rival school publications. Both went on to Yale University and joined the Yale Daily News as freshmen. After graduation in 1920, Luce and Hadden went their separate ways. Luce traveled, briefly studied at Oxford, and worked at  The Chicago Daily News. Hadden also traveled and worked at  The New York World. Ultimately both ended up working at  The Baltimore News in 1922.

There they conceived of the magazine that became Time, with the working title  Facts, before forming Time, Incorporated on November 28, 1922 in New York. They published the first issue on March 3, 1923 with a circulation of around 9,000. Luce and Hadden alternated as the president of the company, but shared the masthead as managing editors. Hadden died suddenly in 1929. Luce died in 1967.

Besides the flagship magazine, Time Inc. also launched Fortune,  Life,  Sports Illustrated, and  People, along with the radio news program  March of Time. Time Inc. created divisions for wider entertainment offerings such as Time-Life Books and the cable television channel Home Box Office, later known as HBO, and subsidiaries to handle the technical side of printing such as Printing Developments, Inc. Time Inc. also acquired companies such as publisher Little, Brown and Company, and lumber company Temple Industries; and publications such as  Architectural Forum and the Washington  Star. In 1990, Time Inc. merged with Warner Communications Inc. resulting in Time Warner. Time Inc., the magazine publishing branch, separated from Time Warner in 2014.


 ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CORPORATE ARCHIVES

The earliest documentation regarding the establishment of the Time Inc. Archives dates from 1941, when a proposal was sent to one of the company's top executives, stating, "We are in favor of starting a confidential file of Archives, which can be kept up to date and which, as time goes on, should prove invaluable for...a comprehensive history of the company...Things we'd like to save: original dummies, prospectuses, and first copies of all the magazines, complete sets of annual reports, complete and up to date material on H.R.L. and his writings, a complete set of all company bulletins, pictures, diaries and personal accounts of all early employees, etc...But there is at present, so far as I know, no systematic effort to keep track of all documents which have long range value to the company...Main thing I am anxious to establish is the habit of saving valuable material. If you approve the project, we can start delving almost at once."

In 1950, after passing through the hands of several long time employees, the Archives Department was formally established, reporting up to the company's Central Services division.


 REASON FOR ESTABLISHING ARCHIVES

One of the guiding reasons for establishing the Archive was, as noted above, that as early as 1941, Time Inc. was considering a "comprehensive history of the company." A memo in an Archives folder in the Reference Files, from April 1950, expresses the desire for a "definitive, scholarly history of Time Inc." Three authorized histories have been published so far:

Elson, Robert T. 1968. Time, Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise, 1923-1941. New York: Atheneum.

Elson, Robert T., and Duncan Norton-Taylor. 1973. The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise, 1941-1960. New York: Atheneum.

Prendergast, Curtis, and Geoffrey Colvin. 1986. The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Changing Enterprise, 1960-1980. New York: Atheneum.

According to Robert T. Elson, "Luce had a very strong sense of history, and a feeling that Time Inc. was a unique institution. What he wanted was a record of the men and women who worked there."

Chronology
1922 Initial business offices are in 141 East 17th Street, then move to the Printing Crafts Building at 461 Eighth Avenue.
1922 November Henry R. Luce and Briton Hadden incorporate in New York as Time, Incorporated.
1922 December First officers are elected: President, Hadden; Secretary and Treasurer, Luce; Vice President, to be determined.
First directors of the board are elected: E. R. Crowe, Henry P. Davison, Jr., William V. Griffin, Hadden, and Luce.
Offices secured at 9 East 40th Street, 9th Floor.
1923 March First issue of Time is released.
1923 April Obtain new offices at 236 East 39th Street.
1924 May Began publishing Saturday Review of Literature, a renewal of the  Literary Review formerly in the New York  Post. The first issue is released in August.
1925 August Publishing headquarters move from New York City to Cleveland.
1926 January The Saturday Review of Literature separates from Time Inc.
1926 February New election of officers: Chairman of the Board and President, Luce; Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, Hadden.
1926 October Davison suggests filling a vacancy in the board with a woman. Hadden rejects the idea.
1927 January Time begins the transition from a black-and-white cover to a color cover.
1927 April Prints the first issue of Tide, an in-house monthly newsletter "dedicated to the flow of business".
1927 August Editorial Department moves from Cleveland to New York City followed later by the General Manager Office, Accounting Department, and Advertising Promotional Department. Editorial temporarily have offices at 25 West 45th Street.
1928 Begin production of a daily 10-minute radio feature called "Newscasting" supplied to 60 radio stations.
Names first "Man of the Year."
1928 January Production Department moves from Cleveland to Chicago.
Publishes first issue of Tide as a subscription trade journal.
Robert L. Johnson and Roy E. Larsen are added as vice presidents.
1928 July Circulation Department moves from Cleveland to Chicago, although the circulation promotion manager relocates to New York City a month later.
1928 October Move from temporary offices into the Bartholomew Building on East 42nd Street.
1929 February Hadden dies on February 27 after contracting the flu and then developing a blood stream infection.
1929 March Larsen becomes general manager after Hadden's death.
New election of officers: Chairman of the Board and President, Luce; Vice Chairman, Griffin; Vice President and Secretary, Johnson; Vice President and Secretary, Larsen; Assistant Treasurer, Charles L. Stillman.
John S. Martin becomes managing editor of Time after Hadden's death.
1930 Sells Tide to a group headed by Raymond Rubicam.
1930 February Publishes first issue of Fortune with Parker Lloyd-Smith as managing editor.
1931 March The March of Time debuts on March 6, 1931 as radio newsreel on CBS Radio.
1931 August Move offices to the Chrysler Building.
1931 September Ralph Ingersoll takes over as managing editor of Fortune after Lloyd-Smith's death.
1932 April Acquires building journal Architectural Forum.
1933 July The company issues a memo removing the comma between "Time" and "Incorporated."
1934 January Publishes first issue of Letters, a supplement to accommodate the overflow of letters to the editor.  Letters continues through 1937.
1935 February First release of The March of Time movie short at the Capitol Theatre in New York City on February 1, 1935.
1935 August Ingersoll named general manager of Time Inc.
Eric Hodgins named managing editor of Fortune.
1936 Purchases a publication entitled Life in order to use the name for the new picture magazine.
1936 November Publishes first issue of Life.
1937 Manfred Gottfried (the first writer hired) named managing editor of Time.
1937 March Hodgins named publisher of Fortune.
Ingersoll named publisher of Time.
Larsen named publisher of Life.
1938 April Move offices to the Time & Life Building at 9 Rockefeller Plaza.
1939 Implements initial employee profit-sharing plan.
1939 June Time is the first to use the terms "World War I" and "World War II."
1939 September Luce resigns as president and chief operating officer in order to focus on the company's editorial direction, remaining editor-in-chief and board chairman. Larsen is elected to take over as president and CEO.
1942 M. T. Moore elected chairman of the board.
1942 November Clare Boothe Luce, wife of Henry Luce, elected Connecticut representative for U.S. Congress.
1943 January T. S. Matthews named managing editor of Time.
1944 June Daniel Longwell named managing editor of Life.
John Shaw Billings named editorial director of Time.
1945 James A. Linen named publisher of Time.
Purchases Michigan Square Building in Chicago.
1946 Holds dinner party in New York for guest of honor Winston Churchill.
Gottfried named chief of correspondents for Time and  Life international bureaus.
1946 January Andrew Heiskell named publisher of Life.
1946 October Joseph Thorndike named managing editor of Life.
1949 August Edward Thompson named managing editor of Life.
1951 August The March of Time ceases production.
1952 Architectural Forum is split into two magazines:  Forum for commercial buildings, and  House & Home for residential.
Purchase first television station: KOB in Alburquerque, NM.
Begin construction of Time & Life Building in London.
1953 Publishes first foreign language magazine: Life En Español.
1954 August Publishes first issue of Sports Illustrated.
1956 December Announce plans to construct a new Time & Life Building at the Rockefeller Center.
1959 July Hedley Donovan named editorial director.
1960 Heiskell named chairman of the board.
1961 January Establishes the Book Division with Jerome Hardy as publisher and Norman Ross as editor.
1961 June Establishes Time-Life Broadcast Inc.
1961 September Time Life International and Life International suspend all subscriptions to Cuba.
1961 November Life En Español banned in Spain due to article on Spanish Civil War.
1962 Acquires textbook publisher Silver Burdett.
Publishes first issue of Panorama, a joint venture with Italian publisher Arnoldo Mondadori Editore.
1962 March Time launches a New York Metropolitan Edition.
1963 Time conducts the first newstour.
Book Division renamed Time-Life Books.
1964 April Luce names Donovan as the editor-in-chief.
Luce steps down as editor-in-chief. He is now the editorial chairman.
1964 August An August/September double issue is the last issue of Architectural Forum produced by Time Inc.
McGraw Hill takes over publishing House & Home.
1964 November Time Inc. History Project launches overseen by Robert Elson.
1964 December The American Planning and Civic Association acquire Architectural Forum.
1965 Receives Special Merit award from the U.S. Post Office for David Brumbaugh's contributions to improving the zoning system (ZIP codes).
1966 December Acquires the New York Graphic Society as a new subsidiary of the Books Group.
1967 February Luce dies on February 28 from heart attack.
1968 Henry "Hank" Luce III named publisher of Fortune.
1968 January Acquires the publisher Little, Brown and Company.
1968 May Otto Fuerbringer named "chief explorer of Time Inc.'s interests and opportunities in the newspaper field."
1969 Luce III named publisher of Time.
1969 March Acquires Pioneer Publishing Company.
1969 September Creation of the Time-Life Films Division.
1970 Joan Manley named publisher of Time-Life Books, the first woman to hold a publisher position at Time Inc.
1970 October Time-Life radio and television properties acquired by McGraw Hill.
1970 December Life International publishes final issues.
Time-Life Audio Division created.
1971 Manley elected vice president, the first woman vice president at Time Inc.
1971 July George Hunt named editor of Time-Life Films.
1972 Founds the Home Box Office (HBO).
Ralph P. Davidson named publisher of Time.
Publishes first issue of Money.
Acquires collection of photographs from New York City photo bureau Pix Inc.
1972 December Suspends the publication of Life.
1973 Time Editorial and the News Service merge.
Manhattan Cable TV becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary.
1974 March Publishes first issue of People.
1974 July Time establishes the title of Senior Writer.
1976 April Ralph Graves named corporate editor.
1976 July Edward Jamieson named Time executive editor.
1977 July Acquires Book of the Month Club (BoMC) as a subsidiary of the Books Group.
Dick Armstrong and Paul Finney named Fortune executive editors.
1977 December American Television and Communications Corporation (ATC) becomes a subsidiary.
1978 Time donates original cover art collection to the National Portrait Gallery.
Revives Life as a monthly publication.
1978 January Fortune becomes a biweekly publication.
1978 September Jason McManus named executive editor of Time.
1979 June Donovan retires and recommends Henry Grunwald as his successor editor-in-chief.
1979 July Graves named editorial director.
1980 Publishes first issue of Discover.
Davidson named chairman of Time Inc.
1980 October J. Richard Munro named chief executive officer (CEO).
1981 January Time Inc. Series C preferred stock offered to public.
1981 March Sells Time-Life Films to Columbia Pictures.
1981 June Purchases transponders on Hughes Galaxy I satellite for HBO use.
1982 Establishes the Heiskell Award which was presented to Time Inc. employees "who have made an exceptional contribution in the areas of public service, human rights and equal opportunity."
1982 August N. J. Nicholas, Jr. named chief financial officer (CFO).
1982 October Reginald Brack named president of Time-Life Books.
1984 October Michael J. Fuchs named chairman and CEO of HBO.
1987 Grunwald retires as editor-in-chief, and McManus is appointed as successor.
Sells Discover to Family Media.
1989 Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. announced plan to merge.
1989 April Louis A. "Chip" Weil becomes Time publisher.
1990 February Publishes first issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Citations:

"American's Mailing Industry: Powered by the United States Postal Service. Time Inc." National Postal Museum. Accessed on December 5, 2016. http://postalmuseum.si.edu/americasmailingindustry/Time-Inc.html

"Briton Hadden Dies; An Editor of Time." The New York Times. February 28, 1929.

Elson, Robert T. 1968. Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise, 1923-1941. New York: Atheneum.

Elson, Robert T., and Duncan Norton-Taylor. 1973. The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise, 1941-1960. New York: Atheneum.

Kaufman, Leslie. "Time Inc. to Cut 500 Jobs Ahead of Spinoff." The New York Times. February 4, 2014. Accessed June 14, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/business/media/time-inc-announces-layoffs-as-it-prepares-to-go-public.html

Langer, Emily. "Ralph P. Davidson, Former Chairman of Time Inc. and Kennedy Center, Dies at 86." The Washington Post. August 2, 2014. Accessed December 6, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/ralph-p-davidson-former-chairman-of-time-inc-and-kennedy-center-dies-at-86/2014/08/02/905dfed4-166f-11e4-9e3b-7f2f110c6265_story.html

"Manfred Gottfried, 85, Dies: A Former Co-editor of Time." The New York Times. September 21, 1985. Accessed December 6, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/09/21/nyregion/manfred-gottfried-85-dies-a-former-co-editor-of-time.html

Norrismarch, Floyd. "Time Inc. and Warner to Merge, Creating Largest Media Company." The New York Times. March 5, 1989.

Prendergast, Curtis, and Geoffrey Colvin. 1986. The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Changing Enterprise, 1960-1980. New York: Atheneum.

"The TIME Collection." National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution). http://npg.si.edu/portraits/time-magazine-portraits-collection

"Time's Film Unit Sold to Columbia." Business section. The New York Times. August 13, 1981. Accessed January 18, 2018. http://www.nytimes.com/1981/08/13/business/time-s-film-unit-sold-to-columbia.html

"A Timeline of Time Warner Inc." Wall Street Journal. July 16, 2014. Accessed June 14, 2016. http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-timeline-of-time-warner-inc-1405522663

Whitman, Alden. "Henry R. Luce, Creator of Time-Life Magazine Empire, Dies in Phoenix at 68." The New York Times. March 1, 1967. Accessed June 14, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0403.html

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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. Because departments frequently collaborated on projects and events or received the same updates via group memoranda or reports, records on the same topic may be found in several record groups or series. These records will generally reflect different viewpoints on the same topic.

Record groups that cover the company as a whole 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 Corporate Administration General Records including stock certificates, five-year plans, notary seals, patents, printing agreements, and organizational records from affiliates and subsidiaries; research materials from the Time Research Center collected and used by reporters and researchers at various magazines across Time Inc.; 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; the Real Estate Division Records on building and land purchases, construction, and alternations for offices and other facilities of Time Inc. and its subsidiaries; Corporate Public Affairs Department Records with the office files from the vice president, associate director, the Radio/TV Publicity Office, Community Relations, the Chief Speechwriter, and files on exhibitions and contests to promote Time Inc. internationally.; Books and Arts Associates, a group within Time Inc. that monitored Time Inc.'s minority investments in foreign publishing houses; the Annual Reports including financial reports, fact books, or  Year in Review; oral histories including research, transcripts, and audiovisual material from interviews of Time Inc. staff; files documenting the attempt to create a new corporate logo or trademark for use throughout the company; and news clippings about Time Warner and AOL Time Warner, its publications, and its subsidiaries collected by the Time Inc. Library and Archives.

Records groups that cover the editorial side of Time Inc. include 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;  People Editorial Records;  Money Editorial Records: Managing Editor Marshall Loeb Files; files from Edgar P. Smith regarding the financials and possible sale of Time Inc.'s architectural and building magazines; a chronological run of covers from  Time magazine; and bound issues of  Time with annotations primarily of the initials of the writer, editor and researcher of each article.

Record groups that cover the publishing and business side of Time Inc. include Time Publishing and Business Records from the office of the business manager; departments in charge of advertisements in the magazine; an educational materials subscription program; and public affairs;  Fortune Publishing and Business Records from the office of Publisher William Geer, the offices of public affairs and promotions;  People Publishing and Business Records contain files from a publisher, assistant publisher, consumer marketing, and marketing services;  Life Publishing and Business Records with files from the publisher, business office, market research, and circulation department; and the Invitational Records documenting an annual invitation-only sporting event held to foster relationships with advertisers.

Record groups that cover Time Inc.'s forays beyond magazine publishing include the Time-Life News Service Records documenting Time Inc.'s news gathering and reporting service; the The March of Time with files on production of the radio, film, and television versions; the Books Group Records documenting Time Inc.'s ventures in book publishing and book and gift subscription services; and the Video Group Records documenting Time Inc.'s work in the cable, film, and television industries including records from Time-Life Films, Time-Life Broadcast, and Home Box Office (HBO).

Record groups regarding subsidiaries of Time Inc. include the Printing Developments, Inc. containing business expense ledgers and payroll books; and the Time Canada Ltd. Records regarding the subsidiary that published the Canadian edition of  Time.

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.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Corporation records
  • Organization files

Subject Organizations

  • Time, inc. -- Archives
  • Time, inc. -- History

Subject Topics

  • Corporations -- History
  • Corporations -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Journalists -- United States
  • Periodicals -- Publishing
  • Photojournalists -- United States
  • Printing industry
  • Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Publishers and publishing -- United States -- History

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The record groups summarized in this overview Guide are processed and are open to qualified researchers. Any particular restrictions applicable at the record group level are noted in the Guide for that specific group.

Unprocessed material in the archive is not described in this Guide or in record group level Guides, and remains subject to restrictions. Requests for access to unprocessed material in response to specific research inquiries should be directed to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Related Archival Materials Note

The Henry Luce Papers (MS 3014) were acquired with the Time Inc. Records. The collection of books acquired with the records are cataloged as the Time Inc. Reference Library.

Processing Information Note

In 2016 Holly Deakyne, Melanie Rinehart, and Samantha Brown processed and described RG 2.

In 2016 Brown processed and described RG 4.

In 2016 and 2017 Deakyne, Rinehart and Brown processed and described RG 1.

In 2016 to 2017 Deakyne and Rinehart processed and described RG 3.

In 2016 to 2017 Deakyne and Rinehart processed and described RG 16.

In 2016 and 2017 Deakyne and Brown processed and described RG 20.

In 2017 Deakyne processed, and Deakyne and Brown described, RG 31.

In 2017 Rinehart processed, and Rinehart and Deakyne described, RG 32.

In 2017 Deakyne and Rinehart processed and described RG 22.

In 2016 and 2017 Deakyne processed and described RG 17.

In 2017 Rinehart processed and described RG 12.

In 2017 Deakyne, Brown, and Rinehart processed and described RG 6.

In 2017 Deakyne processed and described RG 23.

In 2017 Deakyne and Rinehart processed and described RG 18.

In 2017 Deakyne and Brown processed and described Series I of RG 5.

In 2017 Deakyne processed and described RG 29.

In 2017 and 2018 Brown processed and described Series II of RG 13.

In 2017 and 2018 Rinehart processed and described Series I of RG 13.

In 2018 Deakyne processed and described RG 33.

In 2018 Deakyne processed and described RG 42.

In 2017 and 2018 Deakyne, Brown, and Rinehart processed and described RG 9.

In 2018 Deakyne processed and described RG 19.

In 2018 Aaron Roffman processed, and Roffman and Larry Weimer described, RG 38.

In 2017 and 2018 Deakyne, Brown and Rinehart processed and described RG 7.

In 2017 and 2018 Brown and Rinehart processed and described Series III of RG 13.

In 2018 Brown processed and described RG 8 with additions by Deakyne in 2019.

In 2018 and 2019 Brown processed and described RG 25.

In 2018 Rinehart processed and described RG 10.

In 2018 and 2019 Rinehart processed and described RG 27.

In 2019 Brown processed and described RG 26.

In 2019 Brown processed and described RG 14.

In 2018 and 2019 Deakyne and Rinehart processed and described RG 24.

In 2019 Deakyne processed and described RG 44.

In 2019 Deakyne processed and described Series IV and V of RG 13.

In 2018 and 2019 Brown and Aleksandr Gelfand processed and described RG 41.

In 2019 Brown processed and described RG 11.

In 2017 Brown processed and described Series II of RG 28. In 2019 Deakyne processed and described the other series and updated the title from Books and Arts Associates Records to Books Group Records.

All processing of the Time Inc. Records from 2016 to 2019 is made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Accruals Note

The Time Inc. Records will continue to accrue additional record groups and, in some instances, additional material for existing record groups. Over time these additional materials will be processed and made publicly available, consistent with N-YHS's access policies for its manuscript archives.

Bibliography

Elson, Robert T., and Duncan Norton-Taylor. 1973. The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise, 1941-1960. New York: Atheneum.

Prendergast, Curtis, and Geoffrey Colvin. 1986. The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Changing Enterprise, 1960-1980. New York: Atheneum.

Elson, Robert T. 1968. Time, Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise, 1923-1941. New York: Atheneum.

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Container List

RG 1. Time Inc. Subject Files (1889-2015)

Scope and Contents Note

The Subject Files document the history of Time Inc. as an organization and have information on each publication and many departments at Time Inc. The Time Inc. Archives originally assembled and arranged the Subject Files for use by writers and researchers working on three authorized volumes of Time Inc. history. This record group contains primary documents from throughout the company and contains the majority of early records. Folder titles that repeat, especially for the publications, include corporate, editorial, and publishing. Corporate covers the acquisition and sale of entities as well as contracts and agreements between organizations, negotiations, board meetings, and other similar business relations. Editorial or Edit relates to the work being done by correspondents, reporters, and researchers. Publishing includes everything from advertising and promotion to production and circulation.

Additional records on the divisions, departments and offices at Time Inc. are in Time Inc. Reference Files, MS 3009-RG 3.

Click here to link to the Guide to the Time Inc. Subject Files.

RG 2. Time Inc. Bio Files (1907-2015)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Bio Files were assembled and maintained by the Time Inc. Archives and predominately document the careers of Time Inc. staff from board members (H. P. Davison) and company executives (John S. Martin, Ray Cave, Hedley Donovan, Elizabeth Valk Long) to administrative assistants. The files represent staff from all divisions, departments and subsidiaries including Time,  Life,  Fortune,  Sports Illustrated,  Architectural Forum,  March of Time, Time-Life Books, Time-Life Films, Time-Life International, Home Box Office, Little, Brown and Company, and Inland Container Company. Time Inc. also kept files on non-staff closely associated with the company, and some family and former classmates of cofounders Henry R. Luce and Briton Hadden in relation to interviews during various history and biography projects. This record group includes the collection's primary files on cofounder Hadden.

Contents consist of correspondence; memoranda regarding new hires, departing staff and other staffing changes; press releases; news clippings including obituaries; articles from the staff newsletters; articles or correspondent cables by or about staff; reports and comments on articles and books under consideration for publication; invitations to events; and speeches or other public remarks. Photographs and other photographic material, and audiovisual recordings of interviews, oral histories, and public speeches are present infrequently.

Click here to link to the Guide to the Time Inc. Bio Files.

RG 3. Time Inc. Reference Files (1907-2015)

Scope and Contents Note

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. 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."

Specific items of interest in this collection include the Department Head Lists, which record the structure of the company and names and titles of top-level staff; and copies of FYI, an internal Time Inc. staff newsletter which discuss department and staffing changes, events and milestones, along with a card index of the contents.

Click here to link to the Guide to the Time Inc. Reference Files.

RG 4. Time Inc. Index Cards (1933-1993)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Index Cards contain groups of index cards used by Time Inc. staff for writing, searching, and cross referencing subject terms in Time Inc.'s major magazines, and as directories for published books and interviews.The majority of index cards provide a subject term, a brief description of a topic, and a date when the topic was covered within the associated magazine. There is also a section of general subjects that is not linked to a specific publication.

Click here to link to the Guide to the Time Inc. Index Cards.

RG 5. Time Inc. Corporate Administration Records (1853-1997)

Scope and Contents Note

The General Files from the Corporate Administration Records include corporate-level records where the exact office of origination isn't known, or the files are from several people or offices at the corporate executive level, but were grouped together by Time Inc. at some point. Records include stock certificates, five-year plans, notary seals, patents, printing agreements, and organizational records from affiliates and subsidiaries. Further additions to this record group are expected.

Click here to link to the Guide to the Time Inc. Corporate Administration Records.

RG 6. Time Inc. Corporate Editorial Records (1944-1998)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Corporate Editorial Records contain records from editorial staff working at the corporate level overseeing all publications at Time Inc. Executive offices, including the top editorial staff, were located on the 34th floor in the Time & Life Building. Staff represented include Editors-in-Chief Hedley Donovan, Henry Grunwald, and Jason McManus; Editorial Directors Ralph Graves, Ray Cave, and Richard Stolley; Corporate Editors McManus, Gilbert Rogin, and James Gaines; Assistant Corporate Editor David Maness; and Special Assistant Rogin. Records include appointment books; departmental and subject files; internal and external correspondence; speeches; and travel information.

Click here to link to the Guide to the Time Inc. Corporate Editorial Records.

RG 7. Time Inc. Time Editorial Records (1938-2009)

Scope and Contents

The Time Editorial Records contain records from offices and staff from the editorial side of the magazine, not the publishing or business side. Staff represented include Managing Editors Otto Fuerbringer and James R. Gaines, Executive Editors Dana Tasker and Edward Jamieson, Art Department Cover Researcher Rosemary Frank, and art and culture journalist Rosalind Constable. Records include internal and external correspondence; departmental and subject files; cover artist files; speeches; travel itineraries; personnel files; files and reports from the Letters Department; and collected research for elections reporting.

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RG 8. Time Inc. Fortune Editorial Records (1951-2013)

Scope and Contents

The Fortune Editorial Records contain materials from the offices and staff of the editorial side of the magazine, not the publishing or business side. Staff represented in this record group include managing editor Robert Lubar, managing editor Louis Banks, managing editor Duncan Nortan-Taylor, managing editor Andrew Serwer, staff writer Charles Burck, and staff writer Rush Loving Jr. Also included are materials from the Art Department on planning and creating issues in 1982 and files on staff, freelance writers, and other contributors to  Fortune.

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RG 9. Time Inc. Life Editorial Records (1937-2013)

Scope and Contents

The Life Editorial Records include files from offices and staff that produced both the original version of Life and the revived monthly version. The Managing Editors (ME) begin with the last ME of the original Life. Other staff included are one Executive Editor; two Senior Editors, one from the original Life and one from the revived version; two staff photographers, with Alfred Eisenstaedt being one of the original hires at the launch of the magazine; and one staff writer. Records include business correspondence, interoffice memoranda, letters from readers, drafts of articles, audiovisual interviews and oral histories, article proposals, and magazine and corporate policies.

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RG 10. Time Inc. People Editorial Records (1966-1989)

Scope and Contents

The People Editorial Records contain records from offices and staff from the editorial side of the magazine, not the publishing or business side. Editorial staff represented include Cranston Jones, Lee Wohlfert, Marianne Macy, Martha Babcock, Sarah Rozen, Richard Stolley, and Dick Lemon.

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RG 11. Time Inc. Money Editorial Records: Managing Editor Marshall Loeb Files (1981-1986)

Scope and Contents

The Time Inc. Money Editorial Records: Managing Editor Marshall Loeb Files focus on public appearances made by Loeb while he was managing editor. The collection is primarily scripts and transcripts.

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RG 12. Time Inc. Architectural Forum and  House & Home Editorial Records: Managing Editor Edgar P. Smith Files (1952-1962)

Scope and Contents Note

Contains Edgar P. Smith's records regarding the evaluation and possible sale of Architectural Forum and  House & Home.  Architectural Forum was a professional journal focused on design and modern architecture, and  House & Home was a trade magazine for building and buying new houses.

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RG 13. Time Inc. Time Research Center Files (1919-2015)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Research Center Files contain research materials collected by Time Inc. reporters, researchers, and library staff in the main areas of Bio Files, Presidents Files, and Subject Files. Many of the files originally belonged to a Time Inc. reference library known throughout the years as The Morgue, The Bureau of Editorial Reference, and The Editorial Reference Library. The majority of research and reference materials are magazine and newspaper clippings. Other types of material include telegrams and other correspondence, correspondent dispatches, transcripts of interviews and speeches, editorial outlines for articles, editorial policies, press releases, and drafts of articles.

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RG 14. Time Inc. Time-Life News Service Records (1935-1987)

Scope and Contents

The Time-Life News Service Records contain records of Time Inc.'s news gathering and reporting service. While the department was formally part of Time magazine for most of its history, it gathered and reported on news for other magazines as well. Included in this record group are materials created by chiefs of correspondents, bureau heads, correspondents, stringers, and  Time editors. It also contains records on the department's finances and staff.

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RG 15. Time Inc. The March of Time Records (1935-1995)

Scope and Contents

The March of Time Records contain scripts used in the production of  The March of Time for film and radio; production files for films created for other organization by  The March of Time; files from television producer Mel Baily during a possible revival or reairing of  The March of Time; and videocassettes of  The March of Time films, episodes, and clips.

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RG 16. Time Inc. New Building Department Records (1953-1960)

Scope and Contents Note

The New Building Department Records contain the decisionmaking and planning files for the construction of Time Inc.'s new office space, the Time & Life Building, which is part of Rockefeller Center. Series I contains the chronological binders kept by the head of the department Henry "Hank" Luce III. Series II contains other materials created by the department during the planning period. Series III contains invoices and purchase orders for construction, interior decor, and furniture.

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RG 17. Time Inc. Administration, Human Resources and Personnel Records (1939-1994)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Administration, Human Resources and Personnel Records document employee relations, benefits, participation in unions, and Time Inc.'s efforts to create or implement personnel policies and guidelines.

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RG 18. Time Inc. Staff Organizations (1940-2015)

Scope and Contents Note

Time Inc. Staff Organizations contains records from clubs, sports, and other membership organizations involving only Time Inc. staff. The organizations include the Time Inc. Bowling League, Lesbians and Gay Men at Time Warner (LGTW), and the Time-Life Alumni Society (TLAS). Further additions to this finding aid are expected.

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RG 19. Time Inc. Corporate Public Affairs Department Records (1945-2000)

Scope and Contents

Corporate Public Affairs Department Records contain the office files from Vice President Donald Wilson, the chronological correspondence from Associate Director Louis Slovinsky, office files from the Radio/TV Publicity Office, files on a project by Community Relations, office files from the Chief Speechwriter, files on exhibitions and contests to promote Time Inc. internationally, and general files produced or collected by the department overall including annual reports, press releases, dinner books, weekly news clippings, and administrative files.

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RG 20. Time Inc. News Clippings (1999-2013)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. 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. Corporate Communications compiled some of the clippings packets.

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RG 22. Time Inc. Printing Developments, Inc. (1950-1974)

Scope and Contents Note

Contains the business ledgers of this Time Inc. subsidiary.

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RG 23. Time Inc. Real Estate Division Records (1960-1980)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Real Estate Division Records include files on building and land purchases, construction, and alternations for offices, laboratories, warehouses, and other facilities of Time Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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RG 24. Time Inc. Time Publishing and Business Records (1927-1999)

Scope and Contents

The Time Publishing and Business Records contain materials from the offices and staff of the business and publishing side of the magazine's operation. The majority of materials come from the office of the business manager; departments in charge of advertisements in the magazine; an educational materials subscription program; and public affairs.

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RG 25. Time Inc. Fortune Publishing and Business Records (1929-2005)

Scope and Contents

The Fortune Publishing and Business Records contain materials from the offices and staff of the business and publishing side of the magazine's operation. The majority of materials come from the offices of public affairs and promotions as well as from the office of Publisher William Geer. Records include clippings, correspondence, notes, transcripts, drafts, press releases, press kits, photographs, video cassettes, audio cassettes, and open audio reels.

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RG 26. Time Inc. Life Publishing and Business Records (1936-2000)

Scope and Contents

The Life Publishing and Business Records contain materials from the offices and staff of the business and publishing side of the magazine's operation. The majority of materials come from the publisher, business, market research, and circulation departments.

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RG 27. Time Inc. People Publishing and Business Records (1973-1998)

Scope and Contents

With the first issue launched on on March 4, 1974, People was one of the first publications coming out of the Magazine Development Group later transitioning into its own department. The  People Publishing and Business Records contain records from offices and staff from the publishing and business side of the magazine, not the editorial side. Staff represented include Publisher Richard Durrell, Assistant Publisher Charlotte Schiff-Jones, Associate Consumer Marketing Director John Hartig, Director of Marketing Services Chuck Lund, and Magazine Development Group Marketing Director Mal Ochs.

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RG 28. Time Inc. Books Group Records (1963-1988, 2015)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Books Group Records contain materials documenting Time Inc.'s book publishing ventures. While Time-Life Books was Time Inc.'s main imprint and book publishing department, Time Inc. owned several other book publishing, subscription, or direct marketing ventures and companies including Little, Brown and Company and the Book-of-the-Month Club. Included in this record group are files from the office of the group vice president, the Books and Arts Associates, the Iran Publishing Project, and the Time-Life Travel Club.

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RG 29. Time Inc. Invitational Records (1982-1989)

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Invitational was an annual invitation-only sports competition event organized by the magazines' Advertising Sales Departments and held at the Maidstone Club in East Hamptons, NY. Records include the planning and event materials for the years 1983 to 1985, 1987, and 1989.

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RG 31. Time Inc. Annual Reports (1922-2016)

Scope and Contents Note

Annual Reports includes annual reports for Time Inc. and later Time Warner Inc. after the merger in 1989. America Online, Inc. (AOL) includes reports sent to the library for use as reference at the time of that merger. Annual reports may include accompanying financial reports, fact books, or Year in Review.

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RG 32. Time Inc. Time Covers (1923-2015)

Scope and Contents Note

Time Covers contains a collection of covers removed from the rest of the magazine dating from 1923 through July 2015. Later dates sometimes include the entire magazine. This is a collection created by the Time Inc. Library and Archives.

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RG 33. Time Inc. Oral History Project Records (1984-1994)

Scope and Contents Note

The Oral History Project Records include background preparation research, transcripts, and audiovisual material from interviews of Time Inc. staff conducted by the Time Inc. Archives between 1984 and 1994.

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RG 38. Time Inc. Time Annotated Bound Issues (1933-2002)

Scope and Contents

Time Annotated Bound Issues consists of 249 volumes of bound issues of  Time magazine (1933-1934, 1940-2002) and one volume of  Letters magazine (1934-1937). The issues of  Time are noted as "marked" copies because they include annotations on various articles, primarily the initials of the writer, editor and researcher of the piece. The annotations also include brief observations on various matters of style, word choice, and the like, and paper inserts with count lists of international editions and other information.

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RG 41. Time Inc. Video Group Records (1934-1989)

Scope and Contents

The Time Inc. Video Group Records contain materials documenting Time Inc.'s work in the cable, film, and television industries. The Video Group oversaw the departments and subsidiaries that worked directly in these industries. Included in this record group are materials created by the staff of Time-Life Films, Time-Life Video, Time-Life Broadcast/Time-Life Broadcast Inc., Time-Life Cable, Home Box Office (HBO), and Manhattan Cable Television (MCTV).

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RG 42. Time Inc. Harry Harding Files on Corporate Identity (1967-1971)

Scope and Contents Note

Corporate executive Harry Harding's files document his work on Time Inc.'s corporate identity, specifically attempting to create a new corporate logo or trademark for use throughout the company.

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RG 44. Time Inc. Time Canada Ltd. Records (1954-1975, 1995-1999)

Scope and Contents

The Time Canada Ltd. Records contain the records from the business side of the subsidiary of Time Inc. that published the Canadian edition of  Time. Records are primarily from President Don Brown, and Managing Directors Lawrence Laybourne, Steve LaRue, and Bradley Gundy. There are a few folders of operating statements and from the Promotion Department.

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