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Guide to the Time Inc. People Editorial Files
 MS 3009-RG 10

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Series II. Writer Lee Wohlfert Files, 1979-1983. 2 Linear feet in 2 record cartons, 1 flat box

Biographical / Historical

Lee Wohlfert started as a People magazine writer in 1974 and was made Assistant Editor in February 1983. She continued to write articles following her promotion and the materials in this series are concerned only with her writing. She is credited as Lee Wohlfert-Wihlborg in the  People masthead. Wolhfert also freelanced for publications such as  Town & Country,  Harper's Bazaaar, and  LA Style.

She left People in 1986, but continued to freelance for the magazine until 1990. While she published under the last names "Wohlfert" and "Wohlfert-Wihlborg" after 1983, she currently goes by Wohlfert.


Wohlfert, Lee. User profile, LinkedIn. Accessed November 16, 2018.

Scope and Contents

Materials are from Lee Wohlfert's time as a People writer, including article drafts and research, news clippings, memorandum, photographs of Arthur Hailey for a 1973 profile, and materials for Miss America Pageant officials. Also includes copies of books by Stephen Gaskin, Tom Wolfe, and Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier; these were used for article research. The articles-related materials are focused on culture and fashion, including published interviews with Sean Young, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Lee Radziwell. Miss America Pageant materials cover the national level and Mississippi. Some notebooks are included in the general articles research with interview questions and thoughts inside; one untitled, undated notebook was found unassociated with any materials and is foldered by itself.

Includes a copy of Wohlfert's 1978 interview with Anne Beats about Saturday Night Live (SNL) published in  Your Place magazine, a McCall's publication aimed at young people of both sexes that was published for only five issues. It is unconnected to Time Inc., and the interview was done as a freelance assignment. Wohlfert continued to collect information on the SNL cast through 1979, including internal memos with  People editor Jim Seymore about getting an interview with some of the notoriously press-shy cast.


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 2844 Folder : 1-8 Articles
Offsite-Box: 2844 Folder : 9-10 Articles: Casablancas
Offsite-Box: 2844 Folder : 11 Articles: Lyngstad, Anna-Frid
Offsite-Box: 2844 Folder : 12 Articles: Miss America Pageant: General
Offsite-Box: 2844 Folder : 13-14 Articles: Miss America Pageant: Mississippi
Offsite-Box: 2844 Folder : 15-16 Articles: Miss America Pageant: Official's Materials
Offsite-Box: 2845 Folder : 1-2 Articles: Radziwill, Lee
Offsite-Box: 2845 Folder : 3 Articles: Saturday Night Live
Offsite-Box: 2845 Folder : 4 Articles: Von Furstenberg, Diane
Offsite-Box: 2846 Folder : 1 Bovier, Jacqueline and Lee: One Special Summer
Offsite-Box: 2845 Folder : 5 Gaskin, Stephen: Hey, Beatnik! and  Monday Night Class
Offsite-Box: 2845 Folder : 6 Notebook
Offsite-Box: 2845 Folder : 7 Photographs of Arthur Hailey
Offsite-Box: 2845 Folder : 8 Wolfe, Tom: In Our Time
Offsite-Box: 2845 Folder : 9 Your Place Magazine
1978 October

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