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

New-York Historical Society
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Container List

Series V. Time-Life Travel Club Records, 1969-1974. 10.25 Linear feet in 11 record cartons

Biographical / Historical

The Time-Life Travel Club (TLTC) started in March 1971 as a pilot program with 1000 members from the United States east coast. It was headed by Time-Life Books assistant to the publisher Ralph Gallagher as the director and Frank Farrell as the associate director. A January 1971 memorandum from Gallagher describes the TLTC as a service that would "evaluate all existing packaged travel opportunities" and deliver to members a monthly newsletter along with travel recommendations that "match their individual tastes, desires, and pocketbooks." The TLTC cited the cables sent in by Time Inc. news correspondents as prime sources for destination information.

The TLTC registered as a travel agent with several airlines. Members on recommended trips would receive news briefings for their area. The TLTC folded around 1973.

Scope and Contents

The Time-Life Travel Club Files document the short-lived attempt by Time-Life Books to run a travel service. Records include the proposal, finances, trip ideas, correspondence and contracts with associated vendors, and the master report summarizing the venture.

Arrangement

Organized into six subseries:

Subseries V.A. Administrative Files

Subseries V.B. Chron File

Subseries V.C. Exhibits

Subseries V.D. Master Report and Supporting Files

Subseries V.E. Promotion

Subseries V.F. Vendors

Subseries V.A. Administrative Files, 1969-1972. 1.5 Linear feet in 3 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Contains all the files that were not part of another recognizable group of folders. May contain some tour operator files along with vendors of other types of products. Includes records from both director Ralph Gallagher and associate director Frank Farrell.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 1 Ambassadors Club International
1970
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 2 Applicants
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 3 Beneficial Management Corporation
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 4 Continental Can Company
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 5-6 Daily Data Log Sheets: February-March
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 7 Delfold Corporation
1970?
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 8 Diners Club
1970-1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 9 Dun and Bradstreet
1970-1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 10 Ebersberg, Horst
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 11 Employee Trips
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 12 Employees
1970
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 13 Europe at Cost: Trip Solicitations
1972
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 14-15 Finances: Bills
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 16 Finances: Comp List
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 17-20 Finances: Check Requisitions
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 21 Finances: Manufacturers Hanover
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 22 Finances: Monthly Operating Statements
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 23 Financials: Assumptions
1970?
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 24 Galapagos Islands Trip Test
1969-1970
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 25 Gypsum Drywall Contractors International
1972
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 26 Incentive Travel
1970?
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 27 International Association for Medical Travelers
1972
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 28 Itineraries
1970?
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 29 Kornstein, R.
1970?
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 30 Kuoni Travel Inc.
1972
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 31-32 Legal: Galef and Jacobs
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: R64 Legal: Galef and Jacobs [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 33 Mailings
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 34 Marine Midland Bank
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 35 Member: Derry, Robert
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 36 National Liberty Corporation
1970
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 37 News Articles
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 38 Ontario Department of Tourism
1970
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 39 Pelzman, Dick
1971
Offsite-Box: 3445 Folder : 40-41 Personnel
1970-1972
Offsite-Box: R64 Personnel [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 1 Philip L. Lowe and Associates
1972
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 2 Printing Requests
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 3 Printing Travel Magazine
1971
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 4 Prospective Members Correspondence
1971
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 5-7 Refunds
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 8 Sedy Palti - EAC
1972
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 9 Source of Sale Report
1971
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 10 St. John Associates
1971
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 11 Tape Programs
1971
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 12 Travel Agenda Bills
1971
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 13 Travel Agents
1970
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 14 Travel Club Law
1971
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 15 Travel Ideas
1968-1970
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 16 Travel Guides, Brochures, etc.
1972
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 17 Travel Illustrated, Inc.
1970?
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 18 Travel Regulations
1970?
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 19-21 Trip Descriptions and Mailings
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 22 Trip Itineraries
1972

Subseries V.B. Chron File, 1971-1974. 0.25 Linear feet in 1 record carton

Scope and Contents

These files are called "daily copies" or "daily letters" and look like the chron files for the department and for director Ralph Gallagher. These files include letters to members with trip details.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically, then chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 23-29 General
1971 October-1972 June
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 30-43 Gallagher, Ralph
1971-1974

Subseries V.C. Exhibits, 1969-1973. 1 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Exhibits were in binders stored together. There was no documentation stating what they are exhibits for. Beatrice Tolleris is referred to as an editor in these records, but also held the role of the Time-Life Books director of promotion according to the Department Head Lists. "Europe at Cost: Trip Solicitations" and the master report were binders stored with these exhibit binders. While Exhibit II is missing, neither were labeled as an exhibit so it was not assumed one of them was the missing exhibit.

Exhibits contains issues of the newsletter Word.

Citation:

Time Inc. Reference Files, MS 3009-RG 3, New-York Historical Society.

Arrangement

Organized by exhibit number.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 44 Exhibit I. General
1969-1973
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 45 Exhibit III. General
1969-1973
Offsite-Box: 3446 Folder : 46 Exhibit IV. Comments from Members
1972
Offsite-Box: 3447 Folder : 1-4 Exhibit V. and Exhibit VI. Trip Descriptions: Mailings
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3447 Folder : 5-6 Exhibit VII. Bea Tolleris Correspondence with Bureaus
1971
Offsite-Box: 3447 Folder : 7 Exhibit VIII. Word Newsletter
1971-1972

Subseries V.D. Master Report and Supporting Files, 1969-1974. 2.75 Linear feet in 5 record cartons

Scope and Contents

The master report is a final report created after the travel club closed recapping its activities and reasons for ending. The report cites twenty-five supporting files, some of which have a summary at the front.

Arrangement

Organized with the master report first followed by the supporting files in the order listed in the report.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3447 Folder : 8 Master Report
1974 January
Offsite-Box: 3447 Folder : 9 Supporting Files with Summaries: American Marketing Association Finances
1973
Offsite-Box: 3447 Folder : 10 Supporting Files with Summaries: Anchor Savings Bank
1972
Offsite-Box: R64 Supporting Files with Summaries: Anchor Savings Bank [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3447 Folder : 11 Supporting Files with Summaries: Consultants
1970-1972
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 1-2 Supporting Files with Summaries: Europe at Cost
1971
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 3 Supporting Files with Summaries: Legal
1971-1973
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 4-5 Supporting Files with Summaries: Proposals
1969-1973
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 6 Supporting Files with Summaries: Sales Reports
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 7 Supporting Files with Summaries: Student Travel
1972
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 8-11 Supporting Files with Summaries: Travel Trade Press
1973
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 12 Supporting Files without Summaries: Ads and Tearsheets
1972
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 13 Supporting Files without Summaries: American Marketing Association
1972-1973
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 14 Supporting Files without Summaries: Continental Royal Services
1973
Offsite-Box: R64 Supporting Files without Summaries: Continental Royal Services [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3448 Folder : 15 Supporting Files without Summaries: Effort Key Cards
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3449 Folder : 1-5 Supporting Files without Summaries: Incentive Travel
1969-1974
Offsite-Box: 3449 Folder : 6 Supporting Files without Summaries: International Air Transport Association (IATA) and ATC (Air traffic control?) Appointments
1972-1973
Offsite-Box: 3449 Folder : 7 Supporting Files without Summaries: Mailings
1971
Offsite-Box: 3449 Folder : 8-10 Supporting Files without Summaries: Master List
1971-1973
Offsite-Box: 3449 Folder : 11 Supporting Files without Summaries: Other Travel Clubs
1970-1972
Offsite-Box: 3449 Folder : 12-13 Supporting Files without Summaries: Profits and Losses, Planning and Budgets
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 1 Supporting Files without Summaries: Sales
1972
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 2 Supporting Files without Summaries: Space Advertising
1972
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 3 Supporting Files without Summaries: Time-Life Travel Club Questionnaire
1970-1971
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 4 Supporting Files without Summaries: Trade Press Coverage
1972
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 5 Supporting Files without Summaries: Travel Group Charters
1973
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 6 Supporting Files without Summaries: Travel Wholesalers
1970-1971

Subseries V.E. Promotion, 1970-1971. 0.1 Linear feet in 4 folders

Scope and Contents

Promotion includes the files that followed a tab labeled "Promotion." Records include correspondence, memoranda, print requests, and invoices regarding mailings sent to members, and files on the creation of the Time-Life Travel Club newsletter Word.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 7 Mailings
1971
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 8 Requests
1970-1971
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 9-10 Word (newsletter)
1971

Subseries V.F. Vendors, 1970-1972. 2.25 Linear feet in 5 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Vendors contains correspondence, contracts, and invoices from vendors the Time-Life Travel Club contracted with or bought supplies from, primarily airlines and tour operators.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 11-31 Airlines
1970-1971
Offsite-Box: 3450 Folder : 32-83 Payments: A-H
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3451 Folder : 1-52 Payments: I-W
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3451 Folder : 53-91 Tour Operators: General, A-I
1970-1972
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 1-28 Tour Operators: L-W
1970-1972
Offsite-Box: R64 Tour Operators [RESTRICTED]

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