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Guide to the Time Inc. Life Publishing and Business Records
 MS 3009-RG 26

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

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Collection processed by Samantha Brown and Holly Deakyne

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 09, 2021
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Gift of Time Inc. 2015.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to qualified researchers with the exception of restricted materials. Restricted materials may include contracts and consent forms. Restricted boxes include R27 and R42. Materials in box 3317 are sealed due to mold.

Unreformatted audiovisual and digital material in the collection is not accessible.

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.

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.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Time Inc. Life Publishing and Business Records, MS 3009-RG 26, The 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.

Information about the history of Life and additional records from the editorial offices can be found in the Time Inc. Subject Files (MS 3009-RG 1) and the Time Inc. Annex Files (MS 3009-RG 39). Records from the editorial offices are in the Time Inc.  Life Editorial Records (MS 3009-RG 9).

Additional files regarding the rights and reproduction of Life photographs are in the Time Inc. Editorial Services Records (MS 3009-RG 47).

Processing Information

The Time Inc. Life Publishing and Business Records were processed by Samantha Brown and Holly Deakyne in 2019. Deakyne processed additions to the Circulation Department in 2020. The original folders were retained although some documents were transferred to archival containers in the instances of overcrowding or no original folder was present. Items that were originally housed in binders were also rehoused in folders. Binders were kept if there were distinguishing features on them. Brown and Deakyne created the inventory and other descriptive notes. Within series, materials were maintained in their original order. Files retained their original titles but folders with illegible writing or unclear titles were either assigned new titles or had information added to them to clarify the contents.