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Guide to the Time Inc. Books Group
1963-1988, 2015
 MS 3009-RG 28

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Series IV. Iran Publishing Project Files, 1971-1986. 3 Linear feet in 4 record cartons

Historical Note

Sherkate Chap va Nashreh Danesheh Now (Danesheh Now, sometimes called Daneshe Now) formed in 1976, but did not start operations until 1978. The idea for the educational publishing venture originated with the Empress Farah and her Special Bureau and was funded by the Industrial and Mining Development Bank of Iran. The venture contracted Time Inc. to perform initial studies as early as 1971 to determine if there was enough demand in Iran for a new publishing company. Time Inc. was also to provide book licensing, expert assistance and staff training staff. According to The World of Time Inc., Time Inc. was chosen because of president James Linen's long acquaintance with the Shah.

From the records, it looks like Washington-based Time-Life Books executive Robert Ellis was in charge of this project with Iradj Bagherzade, previously of Time-Life Books Europe, as the on-site project director. Danesheh Now published thirteen books in 1978. In November 1978, because of the unrest in Iran, the remaining Time Inc. employees left the country. Time Inc. later filed a claim with the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal regarding payment for services. White and Case was the legal representative.

Prendergast, Curtis, and Geoffrey Colvin. 1986. The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Changing Enterprise, 1960-1980. New York: Atheneum.

United States. 1977. "Iran: a survey of U.S. business opportunities." [Washington]: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Domestic and International Business Administration, Bureau of International Commerce.

Scope and Contents

The Iran Publishing Project Files include records on this contract project undertaken by Time Inc. and staffed by Time-Life Books employees. The majority of files looks like they came from the supervising Time-Life Books executive Robert Ellis. Records include the initial studies, invoices submitted by Time Inc. to Danesheh Now, correspondence with on-site project director Iradj Bagherzade, and court records from the claim filed by Time Inc. with the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 29 Archives Transfer Memoranda
1980, 1986
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 30 Danesheh Now: Company Registration
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 31 Ellis, Robert: To Be Filed
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 32-33 Finances: Iranian Bank Account
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 34-35 Initial Studies
1971, 1975
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 36-39 Invoices
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 1-2 Invoices
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 3 Legal: Claims
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 4 Legal: Correspondence
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 5 Legal: Costs
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 6-7 Legal: Ellis, Robert
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 8 Legal: Invoice Responses
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 9-15 Legal: Iran-United States Claims Tribunal Court Records
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 1 Legal: McCandless, Carolyn
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 2 Legal: Resolution
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 3-8 Legal: White and Case: Backup Files and Materials Collected
Offsite-Box: R64 Legal: White and Case: Backup Files and Materials Collected [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 9-11 Staff: Bagherzade, Iradj
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 12 Staff: Marshall, Geoffrey
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 13 Staff: Tunstell, Doug
Offsite-Box: R64 Taxes: Calculations [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 14-17 Taxes: Staff
Offsite-Box: R64 Taxes: Staff [RESTRICTED]

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