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Guide to the Time Inc. Bio Files
1907-2015 (bulk 1933-1992)
 MS 3009-RG 2

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Holly Deakyne, Samantha Brown, and Melanie Rinehart

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 05, 2021 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents Note

The Time Inc. Bio Files were assembled and maintained by the Time Inc. Archives and predominately document the careers of Time Inc. staff from board members (H. P. Davison) and company executives (John S. Martin, Ray Cave, Hedley Donovan, Elizabeth Valk Long) to administrative assistants. The files represent staff from all divisions, departments and subsidiaries including Time,  Life,  Fortune,  Sports Illustrated,  Architectural Forum,  March of Time, Time-Life Books, Time-Life Films, Time-Life International, Home Box Office, Little, Brown and Company, and Inland Container Company. The Bio Files include the majority of records from second Time Inc. president Roy E. Larsen and very early corporate records in board member H. P. Davison's files.

Time Inc. also kept files on non-staff closely associated with the company such as contracted writers, topical advisors, subjects of articles, and some family and former classmates of cofounders Henry R. Luce and Briton Hadden in relation to interviews during various history and biography projects. Furthermore, the files include artists, architects, and historical figures due to additions of files during a reorganization of the libraries and archives after the Time Warner and AOL merger.

Time Inc. housed Bio Files on especially important historical figures or staff files of significance separately in a safe. This includes the collection's primary files on cofounder Hadden. In some instances, files on a figure were in both the safe and in the regular run of Bio Files.

Contents consist of correspondence; memoranda regarding new hires, departing staff and other staffing changes; press releases; news clippings including obituaries; articles from the staff newsletters, primarily F.Y.I.; articles or correspondent cables by or about staff; reports and comments on articles and books under consideration for publication; invitations to events; and speeches or other public remarks. Photographs and other photographic material, and audiovisual recordings of interviews, oral histories, and public speeches are present infrequently.

Of note are interview transcripts of staff reminiscences from the Time Inc. history project undertaken by Celia Sugarman and Alex Groner in the 1950s and 1960s. Time cover artist files such as Boris Artzybasheff and William Oberhardt may contain original sketches and other artwork. Most folders that contain correspondence from cofounder Luce are stamped "H. R. Luce." Copies of pre-1933 memoranda and correspondence from Luce occasionally occur throughout the Bio Files.

Empty folders are retained and noted.

Arrangement Note

Organized alphabetically based on the form of name used by the Time Inc. Archives. Standard forms of name have been added when necessary for clarification.

Forms of name used by the Time Inc. Archives were not always consistent. If it is clear that two names belong to the same person, they are listed under one name. If it isn't clear, all names are listed as is. If a commonly used nickname was listed in parentheses, this name was removed. Nicknames not usually associated with the full name were retained.

In the original folder titles, women sometimes were only referred to in association with their husbands, but the woman's first name is added when known.