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Guide to the Time Inc. Information Systems Records
 MS 3009-RG 61

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Collection processed by Allen Thomas

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 30, 2022
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. Information Systems records
Dates [inclusive]: 1980-1986
Abstract: The Information Systems Group was created by Time Inc. to plan and oversee use of computer and data processing resources by employees of the company. The collection consists of studies on the creation of a corporate data center and personnel/payroll computer systems, history of the data center, and manuals for the use of computer services offered by the Group.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet in 1 record carton
Location: Materials in this collection are stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3009-RG 61
Sponsor: The processing of the Time Inc. Records was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Biographical / Historical

Information Systems was created by Time Inc. in 1980 to oversee information management systems, make long-term plans for the use of computer resources, and consult with management about data processing needs. It also offered classes on computer use to Time Inc. employees. The increasing use of digital computer technology had a significant effect on editorial operations. Instead of sending stories to a Wire Room reporters began to be able to file stories directly through a dial-up system. In 1981 the Data Center was moved from the Time-Life building to its own facility in the Meadowlands of New Jersey. In 1984 a personnel/payroll computer system called Personnel Information System and Comptroller's Employee payroll and benefits System (PISCES) was created by the Group.


Time Inc. Subject Files, MS 3009-RG 1, New-York Historical Society.

Bill Hooper, email to Holly Deakyne, 25 November 2019.

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Scope and Contents

The collections consists of documents studying the need for an Information Systems Center and planning documents for the Personnel Information System and Comptroller's Employee payroll and benefits System (PISCES), planning for the creation of an Information Systems Center, and manuals on how Time Inc. employees can make use of services provided by the Information Systems Group.


The Time Inc. Information Systems Records are arranged in alphabetical order.

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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.
  • Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials in this collection are stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Conditions Governing Use

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

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Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as Time Inc. Information Systems Records, MS-3009 RG 61, 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.

Additional material on Time Inc. Information Systems can be found in the Time Inc. Subject Files (MS 3009-RG 1).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Time Inc. in 2015.

Processing Information

The Time Inc. Information Systems 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. Arrangement was imposed. Allen Thomas created the inventory and other descriptive notes to produce this finding aid.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 1 Building Time Inc. a Corporate Datacenter
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 2 Information Center History
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 3 Information Systems Center Historical Overview
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 4-5 Information Systems Center Project Plans
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 6 Information Systems Center Project: Objectives and Procedures
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 7 Personnel Information System and Comptroller's Employee Payroll and Benefits System (PISCES) Requirement Report
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 8 Pictures of Information Services Center
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 9-10 Study and Report
Offsite-Box: 4293 Folder : 11 Time Sharing and Service Bureau Information Manual

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