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Guide to the Time Inc. Postal Rates Records
1949-1978 (bulk, 1969-1978
 MS 3009-RG 57

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Collection processed by Allen Thomas

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 06, 2021
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. Postal Rates Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1949-1978 (bulk, 1969-1978)
Abstract: When postal rates or other aspects of law governing postal delivery were changed, or may be changed, in ways Time Inc. found unfavorable, it advocated for its position with Congress and the public. This collection contains information used in those activities such as bills put before Congress on the topic of postal rates and law, correspondence between people within Time Inc. and with members of Congress, proceedings of the Postal Commission including witness testimony, reports on the costs of postal delivery, and examples of Time Inc.'s direct mail marketing.
Quantity: 17 Linear feet in 16 record cartons
Location: These materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take up to five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3009-RG 57
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

Being primarily in the business of selling magazines that must be shipped to subscribers and newsstands, Time Inc. was a heavy user of the postal system and was sensitive to increases in postal rates and other changes in classification of mail. When unfavorable changes to rates and/or laws were proposed by the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) or Congress in the late 1960s and early-to-mid 1970s, Time Inc., along with other publishers, advocated for their positions by contacting members of Congress and running articles in Time to explain their position to the public. Two individuals at Time Inc. particularly represented in this collection are Raymond J. "Ray" Mitchell's, Director of Time Inc.'s Alternative Distribution Program, and Winston H. "Tony" Cox, Assistant to the Group Vice-President for Magazines.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of files kept as information for Time Inc. advocacy efforts and includes copies of bills put before Congress on the topic of postal rates and law, correspondence between people within Time Inc. and with members of Congress, presentations produced on the subjects of postal costs by Time Inc. personnel, proceedings of the Postal Commission including witness testimony and questions to witness from Time Inc. and other parties, reports from the United States Post Office Department on the costs of delivery, and examples of Time Inc.'s direct mail marketing.

Arrangement

The materials within the Time Inc. Postal Rates Records record group are organized into six series: Series I. Time Inc. Preparations for Cases; Series II. Mail Classification Schedule Proceedings; Series III. Cost Ascertainment Reports; Series IV. Direct Mail Exhibits; Series V. Raymond J. Mitchell Files; and Series VI. Winston H. Cox Files.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Corporation records
  • Legal documents.
  • Organization files

Subject Organizations

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

Subject Topics

  • Corporations -- History
  • Corporations -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Postal rates -- United States
  • Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Gift of Time Inc. in 2015.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Open to qualified researchers with the exception of restricted materials. Restricted materials include contracts and are located in box R86.

Conditions Governing Use

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Preferred Citation

This record group should be cited as Time Inc. Postal Rates Records, MS 3009-RG 57, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

This finding aid relates to just one record group of the Time Inc. Records. For information about the other record groups and for overall information about the archives, please see the Guide to the Time Inc. Records (MS 3009). 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

The Time Inc. Postal Rates Records were processed by Allen Thomas in 2021. The original folders were retained where present; loose material was foldered. Generic binders were disassembled and not retained, and their contents rehoused.The records were organized into series based on the original groupings of folders, and arrangement was imposed. Allen Thomas created the inventory and other descriptive notes to produce this finding aid.

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Container List

Series I. Time Inc. Preparations for Cases, 1952-1975. 2 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Series I consists of information used by Time Inc. to prepare internally for legal arguments regarding changes in postal rates and law. Memos between Time Inc. employees are prevalent along with outside information sources such as magazine articles, reports on congressional sessions, and presentations created based on the gathered information.

Arrangement

Series I is in alphabetical order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 1 Ablard, Charles
1962-1965
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 2 Blueprint for Change: Canada Post Office
1969
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 3 Book II: Report on Third Class Mail
1953
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 4-5 Cost Ascertainment Report (C.A.R.) Statistical Approximation
1952-1953
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 6 Cost Ascertainment Reports
1947, 1957
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 7 Coronet Article
1957
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 8 Exhibit A: Post Office Presentation Pictures: Negatives
1956
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 9 Exhibit B: Questions and Answers
1960
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 10 House, March 1957
1957
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 11 House: 1960 (May)
1960
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 12-13 House 1961 (May)
1961
Offsite-Box: R86 Legal Fees [Restricted]
1967
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 14 Life Booklet
1957
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 15 Life Photo Exhibits
undated
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 16 List of Appearances
undated
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 17 Magazine Publishers Association, Inc.
1953-1958
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 18 Magazine Publishers Association: Memoranda
1963
Offsite-Box: 4215 Folder : 19 Memos
1965-1975
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 1 Memos
1965-1975
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 2 Policy and Supporting Positions
1968
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 3-4 Post Office Charts
circa 1956
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 5 Postal Photostats
undated
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 6-8 Postal Presentation
1953-1963
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 9 Postal Testimony: Statistics: 1962 April
1962
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 10 Postmaster Correspondence
1957
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 11 Proposed
1957-1958
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 12 Publications Exempt from Zone Rates
circa 1952
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 13 Pull-Out: 2nd Class Rate Problem
1960
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 14 Senate Appropriations
1961
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 15 Senate: 1st Presentation (Not Given)
1954
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 16-17 Senate: 1962 (April)
1962
Offsite-Box: 4216 Folder : 18 Testimony
1969

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Series II. Mail Classification Schedule Proceedings, 1969-1977. 10.2 Linear feet in 11 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Series II is composed of reports from congressional proceedings on postal rates and law. This includes witness testimony, questions given and answered to and by various parties, and proposed legislation.

Arrangement

Series II is arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 1-10 Alternate Delivery
1971-1975
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 11 American Business Press (ABP)
1971-1974
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 12-13 Arthur Keylor
1971
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 14 Associated Third Class Mail Users (ATCMU)/Direct Mail Advertising Association (DMMA)
1973-1976
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 15-16 Austell
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 17-18 Board
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 19 Clark Clifford, etc., Robert Keeler, A.H. Letter to Ford, Time Editorial (empty)
undated
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 20 Classification Schedule: 1973: Official Transcript
1973
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 21-22 Classification: Phase II
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 23-25 Cost of Living Council
1973
Offsite-Box: 4217 Folder : 1-4 Cost of Living Council
1973
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 5 Data
1975
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 6-7 Dow Jones
1974
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 8 Evan Ingels
1974
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 9-10 Exhibits on Life Suspension
1973
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 11-12 Filings by Time Inc. and Magazine Publishers Association (MPA)
1976
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 13-15 Home Delivery Firms
1976
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 16 Idea Release Form
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 17-18 Initial Brief
1976
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 19 Klassen: United States Postal Service
1974
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 20-23 Legislative
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 24 Louis Cox Statements
1975
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 25 MC73-1: Postal Classification
1976
Offsite-Box: 4218 Folder : 26 MC73-1: Richard J. Barber Testimony
1974
Offsite-Box: 4219 Folder : 1-6 Magazine Publishers Association (MPA)
1971-1977
Offsite-Box: 4219 Folder : 7-16 Mail Classification Proceedings
1975-1977
Offsite-Box: 4220 Folder : 1-14 Mail Classification Proceedings
1975-1977
Offsite-Box: 4221 Folder : 10-11 Miscellaneous
1970-1976
Offsite-Box: 4221 Folder : 12 National Postal Forum IX
1975
Offsite-Box: 4221 Folder : 13 Notice of Inquiry
1976
Offsite-Box: 4221 Folder : 14 Opinion and Recommended Decision
1972
Offsite-Box: 4221 Folder : 15 Ottawa Hearings
1970
Offsite-Box: 4221 Folder : 16 Phase I Classification
1976
Offsite-Box: 4221 Folder : 17 Post Office
1969-1970
Offsite-Box: 4222 Folder : 1-9 Post Office
1969-1975
Offsite-Box: 4222 Folder : 10-11 Postal Activities Booklets
1976
Offsite-Box: 4222 Folder : 12 Postal Calculation: Time Story
1975
Offsite-Box: 4222 Folder : 13 Postal Charts
1975
Offsite-Box: 4222 Folder : 14 Postal: Congress
1975
Offsite-Box: 4222 Folder : 15-19 Postal Classification
1973-1974
Offsite-Box: 4223 Folder : 1-4 Postal Classification
1976
Offsite-Box: 4223 Folder : 5 Postal: Heiskell Leave-Behinds
1975
Offsite-Box: 4223 Folder : 6-8 Postal Legislation
1974
Offsite-Box: 4223 Folder : 9 Postal Procedures
1975
Offsite-Box: 4223 Folder : 10-12 Postal Rate Case
1971-1975
Offsite-Box: 4223 Folder : 13-15 Postal Rate Commission (PRC) Classification III
1976
Offsite-Box: 4223 Folder : 16-22 Postal Rate and Fee Changes
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 1-2 Postal Rate and Fee Changes
1976
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 3 Postal Statistics
1973
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 4 Postal Update
1974
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 5-6 Postal: United States Postal Service (USPS)
1973-1975
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 7 Presentations (Postal Charts)
1975
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 8 R74-1: Brief on Exceptions
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 9-10 R74-1: Postal Rates and Fees
1975
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 11-12 R76-1: Address Correction
undated
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 13 R76-1: Fees for Special Services
1976
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 14 R76-1: Initial Brief of Magazine Publishers Association (MPA)
1976
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 15-16 R76-1: Initial Brief of Time Incorporated
1976
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 17 R76-1: Postal Rate Case Decision
1976
Offsite-Box: 4224 Folder : 18-19 R76-1: Postal Rates and Fees
1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 1-2 R76-1: Postal Rates and Fees
1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 3 R76-1: Reply Briefs
1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 4 R76-1: Oral Argument
1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 5 Rate Case III
1975
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 6 Rate Hearing Transcripts
1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 7 Reader's Digest
1973
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 8 Revenue Sources
undated
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 9 Richard J. Barber
1974
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 10-11 Senate Bill S2844 (McGee Bill)
1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 12-15 Senate Hearings
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 16 Senate Reports
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 17 Senator Goldwater/Terry Emerson
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 18 Shoppers: Local
1975
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 19 Sirica Ruling [Associated Third Class Mail Users (ATCMU)]
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4225 Folder : 20 State's Interrogatories
1975
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 1 Study: Criteria and Methodology for Designing Mail Classification Systems
1974
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 2 Study: Red Tag vs. Non-Red Tag Mail
1975
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 3-6 Testimony: First Rate Case
1971-1975
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 7 Time Inc. Memos (Miscellaneous Postal Problems)
1975
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 8-13 Time Story and Essay
1975
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 14 Time-Life Books Alternate Delivery
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 15 Total Market Coverage (Preprints)
1975
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 16-17 United States Postal Rate Commission
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4226 Folder : 18-21 United States Postal Service
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4227 Folder : 1-6 United States Postal Service
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4227 Folder : 7 Washington Updates
1975

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Series III. Cost Ascertainment Reports, 1949-1968. 1 Linear feet in 1 record carton

Scope and Contents

Series III consists of cost ascertainment reports issued by the United States Post Office Department reporting the costs of delivering various classes and kind of mail and providing other services.

Arrangement

Series III is arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4228 Folder : 1-9 Cost Ascertainment Reports
1949-1968

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Series IV. Direct Mail Exhibits, 1969-1971. 0.8 Linear feet in 1 record carton

Scope and Contents

Series IV consists of examples of direct mailings sent by Time Inc. to market its magazines. The examples are marked "defendant's exhibit", but no further information about their use is present.

Arrangement

Series IV is arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4227 Folder : 8-14 Direct Mail Exhibits
1969-1971

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Series V. Raymond J. Mitchell Files, 1976-1978. 1.5 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Series V consists of Raymond J. "Ray" Mitchell's files on changes in postal rates and laws. During this time Mitchell was Director of Time Inc.'s Alternative Distribution program which studied ways of delivering Time Inc's magazines through non-postal methods such as newspaper carrier and private delivery companies and so the changing costs of postal delivery for Time Inc. was of direct professional interest to him; he also had responsibility for Time Inc.'s activities with the Postal Rate Commission. The contents are similar to Series II, being reports from congressional proceedings on changes in postal rates and law. This includes witness testimony, questions given and answered to and by various parties, and proposed legislation.

Source: Time Inc. Bio Files, MS 3009-RG 2, New-York Historical Society.

Arrangement

Series V is arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4229 Folder : 1-2 Briefs of the Officer of the Commission
undated
Offsite-Box: 4229 Folder : 3-12 Interrogatories

Scope and Contents

American Business Press
Dow Jones
Magazines Publishers Association (MPA)
Meredith Corporation
Miscellaneous
Reader's Digest
Time, Inc.
United States Postal Service (USPS)

1976
Offsite-Box: 4229 Folder : 13-17 Mail Classification Schedule Proceedings
1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 4229 Folder : 18-20 Opinions and Recommended Decisions
1977
Offsite-Box: 4230 Folder : 1 Proposed Changes
1977
Offsite-Box: 4230 Folder : 2 Stipulation and Agreement
1978
Offsite-Box: 4230 Folder : 3-11 Witnesses

Scope and Contents

Arthur Eden
Benjamin J. Bailer
Chapin Carpenter
Charles S. Mill
Charles W. King
Evan S. Ingels
Magazine Publishers Association
Paul D. Kagan
Paul E. Postelnek

1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 4230 Folder : 12 Working Papers
1976-1977

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Series VI. Winston H. Cox Files, 1974-1977. 1.5 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Winston H. "Tony" Cox was Assistant to the Group Vice-President for Magazines during the time period represented in these files, giving him a professional interest in the cost of postal delivery for Time Inc.'s magazines and potential changes due to new legislation. His files included postal-related bills put before Congress, articles written by Senator Barry Goldwater and Andrews Heiskell, Chairman of Time Inc., on the topic of changes to postal rates, information on Time Inc. postal expenses, and information and correspondence on specific subjects related to postal delivery such as if news periodicals should be considered a public service, the possibility of phasing increases in postal rates over time, and privately-owned alternatives to the United States Postal Service for mail delivery.

Source: Time Inc. Bio Files, MS 3009-RG 2, New-York Historical Society.

Arrangement

Series VI is arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4230 Folder : 13 3/22 Meeting
1974
Offsite-Box: 4230 Folder : 14 30-Day Rule
1975
Offsite-Box: 4230 Folder : 15-21 Bills

Scope and Contents

Buckley Bill
H.R. 10109
Hanley Bill
McGee Compromise Bill
McGovern Bill
Miscellaneous Bills

1975-1977
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 1 Classification: Phase III
1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 2 Contact with Congressmen
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 3 Electronic Funds Transfer
1975
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 4 Goldwater Article
1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 5 Goldwater/Koch
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 6-7 Heiskell Open Letters
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 8 Legal Expenses
1973-1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 9 Mailers' Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC)
1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 10 Miscellaneous
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 11 National Association of Letter Carriers
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 12 Phasing
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 13 Private Express
1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 14 Proposed Amendments to 39 USC 3622(b)
1977
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 15 Protest Over Rate Increases
1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 16 Public Service Appropriations
1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 17 Testimony to Committees
1976
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 18 Time Inc. Postal Budget
1975
Offsite-Box: 4231 Folder : 19 Tony Cox Correspondence
1976

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