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Guide to the Time Inc. Time Research Center Files
 MS 3009-RG 13

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Holly Deakyne, Samantha Brown, Melanie Rinehart

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 08, 2021
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series IV. Microfilm of Time-Life News Service Correspondent Wires, before 1970. 10 Linear feet (10 boxes which includes 582 reels of microfilm)

Scope and Contents

Microfilm of the Time-Life News Service Correspondent Cables contains images of raw reporting and dispatches from correspondents along with some drafts of stories by New York City-based writers which were pulled by The Editorial Reference Library from its Bio, Company, and Subject Files. These reels were created in the mid-1960s so the materials imaged date prior to that. As hard copies of the Company Files were lost in storage facility fires, this microfilm is the only remaining examples of those files.

The Subject Rolls have two sets of alphabetically ordered reels. The first set is Roll 1 to 108 and the second set is Roll 109 to 268. The difference in sets might be date ranges since there is overlap in subject headings.

On some of the original Edit Ref file folders in the hard copy series, stamping indicates that the Time-Life News Service Correspondent wires have been removed from the folder and microfilmed, noting which microfilm reel the material can be found on.

In order to search the microfilm, there is an index on index cards. Each group of microfilm has cards listing contents in numerical order by reel number then alphabetically by name or heading. The index is stored onsite for easier reference. Several boxes of microfilm also include a copy of the corresponding index card.


Bill Hooper, email message to Holly Deakyne, 23 August 2018.


Organized alphabetically by the three groups of imaged files, Bio, Company, and Subject, along with an index of the microfilm at the end. Within each group of microfilm, the reels are organized by roll number. The index is organized to mirror the arrangement of the microfilm.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3321 Bio File Rolls 1-93
Offsite-Box: 3322 Bio File Rolls 94-181
Offsite-Box: 3323 Bio File Rolls 182-267

Scope and Contents

Roll 222 is missing. Roll 223 is overfilled and could contain the missing film from Roll 222.

Offsite-Box: 3333 Company File Rolls 1-41
Offsite-Box: 3334 Subject File Rolls 1-49
Offsite-Box: 3335 Subject File Rolls 50-131
Offsite-Box: 3336 Subject File Rolls 132-224

Scope and Contents

Roll 189 is missing.

Offsite-Box: 3337 Subject File Rolls 225-268
Box: 3338 Index to Microfilm

Scope and Contents

Contains the index to the Bio Rolls by roll number then alphabetically by last name. Contains the index to the Company Rolls by roll number then alphabetically by name. Contains the index to the Subject Rolls by roll number then alphabetically from A-Gas.

Box: 3339 Index to Microfilm

Scope and Contents

Contains the index to the Subject Rolls alphabetically from Ge-Z.

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