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Guide to the Time Inc. Magazine Development Group Records
1967-1987, 2003
 MS 3009-RG 40

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Series I.A.1.b. 1973 to 1978 Editorial: Editor Philip Kunhardt Files, 1971-1978. 4.75 Linear feet in 6 record cartons

Biographical / Historical

Philip Kunhardt was Assistant Managing Editor of Life in 1972 when  Life closed due to financial issues. Along with others from the  Life staff, he immediately began work on reviving  Life. He became the Managing Editor (ME) of  Life Special Reports (LSR), which was published twice a year by the newly established Magazine Development Group (MDG). Near the end of 1975, Otto Fuerbringer, the first editorial head of the MDG, retired, and Kunhardt took over while retaining his role as LSR ME. From January to July 1976, Kunhardt went on sabbatical to write a book. Kelso Sutton and Edward Kern filled in as Acting Editor of the MDG and Acting ME of the LSR, respectively. Kunhardt and the MDG succeeded in reviving  Life as a monthly in 1978. When the MDG closed, Kunhardt became ME of the new  Life publication.

Scope and Contents

Philip Kunhardt's files document his work as head of editorial for the Magazine Develoment Group (MDG) and Managing Editor of Life Special Reports, a publication overseen by the MDG. Since he worked as an editor within the MDG prior to his promotion to head the editorial side, his administrative files for these two positions were mixed together and remain that way. His records contain some materials to and from Sutton during the time of his 1976 sabbatical.

Arrangement

Organized into three subsubseries:

Subsubseries I.A.1.b.i. Administrative Files

Subsubseries I.A.1.b.ii. Life Special Reports

Subsubseries I.A.1.b.iii. People Test Issue Files

The Life Special Reports files were originally together. The series for Administrative Files and People Test Issue Files were imposed by the archivist.

Subseries I.A.1.b.i. Administrative Files, 1971-1978. 0.8 Linear feet in 1 record carton

Scope and Contents

Philip Kunhardt's administrative files include materials from his positions as Life Special Reports Managing Editor and as head of editorial for the Magazine Development Group (MDG). The Magazine Development Meeting folder includes a transcription which describes the formation of the first MDG.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically. Arrangement imposed.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 1 Bills Paid
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 2 Book/Subscription Orders
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 3 Cables
1974
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 4 Check Requisitions
1974
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 5 Congratulation Notes on Magazine Development Editor Announcement
1975
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 6-8 Correspondence: General
1972-1974
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Mili, Gjon
1974
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Nilsson, Lennart
1971-1974
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 11 Expense Accounts
1973
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 12-14 Expense Reports: Staff
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 15 Kudo File on Life Special Report
1974
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 16 Life Before Birth Letters (Reprint Requests)
1974
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 17 Life Specials
1973
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 18 Magazine Development Meeting
1973 May
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 19 New Ideas
1973
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 20 New Magazines: Agreement Letter
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 21 Wires
1973
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 22 Woman Magazine: Dummy #2 Complimentary Copies Sent
1977
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 23 Woman Magazine: Memoranda
1977

Subseries I.A.1.b.ii. Life Special Reports, 1973-1978. 3.7 Linear feet in 5 record cartons

Historical Note

Life Special Reports were published twice a year by former  Life staff within the Magazine Development Group after the closure of the weekly  Life and are a continuation of the  Life special issues. LSR were sometimes called occassional  Life Specials.

Year in Pictures is the official title of the issue published in January of every year regarding the prior year. It is called colloquilly in the records the "Life Year End". 1973 is the only time the year is used in the title.

The Spirit of Israel celebrates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of modern day Israel and events and accomplishments of the country.

One Day in the Life of America published photographs and stories from September 5, 1974 in order to "show the essence" of the country as seen by 100 photographers.

For the Bicentennial Issue, the MDG consulted historians to choose the events depicted in the issue and licensed photographs from museums, other historical repositories, and private collections.

Remarkable American Women is not "a catalogue of the 'most important' women in American history. It is a gallery of individuals... we consider remarkable."

The New Youth discusses the viewpoints and activities of American youth ages 15 through mid-20s.

Scope and Contents

Life Special Reports contains records on the editorial decisions for these biannually published issues. Records include correspondence along with reader letters; lists of ideas; check requisitions and correspondence for payments to writers, researchers, and photographers; article drafts; photograph releases; internal memoranda; news clippings; and lists of who received complimentary copies.

The correspondence in One Day in the Life of America includes photographers' descriptions of their rolls of film and letters from the public regarding their submissions. Additional material from  One Day in the Life of America is in the Business Office General Files on  Life Special Reports in a folder titled "Kunhardt file."

Correspondence in Picture Editor John Loengard's files mention a prototype for "regular Life" that he worked on in Spring 1974. The materials in Kunhardt's protoype files might be for that although these folders were with the other LSR folders.

Restricted materials include payments to temporary staff and stringers with personally identifiable information, and release forms from minors.

Arrangement

Organized chronologically in order of publication, then alphabetically by folder title within each issue's files.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3717 Folder : 24-26 1973: The Spirit of Israel
1973
Offsite-Box: 3718 Folder : 1-2 1973: The Spirit of Israel
1973
Offsite-Box: 3718 Folder : 3-5 1974: The Year in Pictures 1973
1973-1974
Offsite-Box: R68 1974: The Year in Pictures 1973 [RESTRICTED]
1873-1874
Offsite-Box: 3718 Folder : 6-7 1974: Prototype Issue
1974
Offsite-Box: 3718 Folder : 8-27 1974: One Day in the Life of America
1974
Offsite-Box: 3719 Folder : 1-2 1974: One Day in the Life of America
1974
Offsite-Box: R68 1974: One Day in the Life of America [RESTRICTED]

Scope and Contents

May also include materials for the prototype and the Year in Pictures.

1974
Offsite-Box: 3719 Folder : 3-4 1975: Year in Pictures (1974)
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 3719 Folder : 5-19 1975: Bicentennial Issue: The 100 Events That Shaped America
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: R68 1975: Bicentennial Issue: The 100 Events That Shaped America [RESTRICTED]
1975
Offsite-Box: 3719 Folder : 20-25 1976: Year in Pictures (1975)
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: R68 1976: Year in Pictures (1975) [RESTRICTED]
1975
Offsite-Box: 3720 Folder : 1-10 1976: Remarkable American Women
1976
Offsite-Box: R68 1976: Remarkable American Women [RESTRICTED]
1976
Offsite-Box: 3720 Folder : 11-12 1977: Year in Pictures (1976)
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: R68 1977: Year in Pictures (1976) [RESTRICTED]
1976
Offsite-Box: 3720 Folder : 13-18 1977: The New Youth
1977
Offsite-Box: R68 1977: The New Youth [RESTRICTED]
1977
Offsite-Box: 3720 Folder : 19-22 1978: Year in Pictures (1977)
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: R68 1978: Year in Pictures (1977) [RESTRICTED]
1977

Subseries I.A.1.b.iii. People Test Issue Files, 1973. 0.25 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents

The records document editorial work on People magazine dummies and test issues prior to its first publication in 1974. Records include lists of magazine sections and article topics; correspondence and cables; check requisitions to pay photographers and photo agencies; expense reports from MDG staff and from the News Service for use of stringers; and notepads listing photograph credits.

The General folders include a call for story submissions sent to all the Time Inc. domestic and foreign news bureaus and an exchange between Kunhardt and former Life correspondent and bureau chief Dora Jane Hamblin regarding their blunt opinions of the new magazine. In his letter to Hamblin, Kunhardt states he will no longer be working on  People.

Restricted material includes payroll records with personally identifiable information.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3721 Folder : 1-2 General
1973
Offsite-Box: 3721 Folder : 3 Payments and Complimentary Copies
1973
Offsite-Box: 3721 Folder : 4 Payments and Memoranda
1973
Offsite-Box: R68 Payments and Memoranda [RESTRICTED]
1973
Offsite-Box: 3721 Folder : 5 Payments to Staff
1973
Offsite-Box: R68 Payments to Staff [RESTRICTED]
1973
Offsite-Box: R68 Test Issue [RESTRICTED]
1973

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