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

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Collection processed by Holly Deakyne and Samantha Brown

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 27, 2020
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. Books Group Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1963-1988, 2015
Abstract: The Book Division formed out of the Life Book Division in 1961 and was later renamed Time-Life Books. While Time-Life Books was Time Inc.'s main imprint and book publishing department, Time Inc. owned several other book publishing, subscription, or direct marketing ventures and companies including Little, Brown and Company and the Book-of-the-Month Club prompting the creation of an executive oversight group. The Books Group Records include office files from the group vice president documenting major changes and decisions for all departments, offices, and subsidiaries within the Books Groups; records from the Books and Arts Associates; samples of series from Time-Life Records, later renamed Time-Life Music; files on the Iran Publishing Project; and files from the Time-Life Travel Club.
Quantity: 27.75 Linear feet in 29 record cartons and 1 flat box
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3009-RG 28
Sponsor: The processing of the Time Inc. Records was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Historical Note

Books were published by the various magazines prior to the formation of the Books division. According to The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Changing Enterprise, 1960-1980,  Life's book projects were the most successful, and the  Life books division is what became the separate Book Division in 1961.

The Book Division formed with Jerome Hardy as publisher and Norman Ross as editor. Time Inc. announced this new division in a January 9, 1961 press release stating it already had fourteen books projects underway. The group is called the Book Division until Time Inc. names it Time-Life Books in the 1963 corporate annual report. There was never an official announcement of the name change. The group was still referred to as the books division (in lowercase) interchangeably with Time-Life Books.

In 1968 an executive oversight group called "Books, Arts and Recordings" was created led by vice presidents Rhett Austell and Charles Bear. According to an August 1968 staff memorandum, the group's primary function was to coordinate the activities of the Book Division with the related activities of the book publishing subsidiaries Little, Brown and Company and New York Graphic Society; and to work with executives from partially-owned subsidiary General Learning Corporation and the foreign publishers in which Time Inc. owned minority interests.

The 1969 annual report has the first mention of the Books and Arts Associates (BAA), a new advisory management group for book publishing foreign investments. Austell is now the executive vice president overseeing Books, Broadcast, Films, Records, and the BAA. The BAA also briefly oversaw the domestic publishing subsidiaries Little, Brown and Company and the New York Graphic Society. By 1975 BAA's oversight diminished, and its responsibilities were slowly taken over by the Books Group executive office.

In 1989 a new unit called Books Direct formed and included Time-Life Books and the subsidiary Book-of-the-Month Club. A press release announcing this new unit describes Time-Life Books as the "Largest direct marketer of continuity book, music and video products." In 1990 Time-Life Books was renamed Time Life Inc.

According to the 1974 annual report, Time-Life Books primarily published book series on broad topics and marketed them by direct mail. It occasionally published single-subject volumes. Internationally Time-Life books were printed in 26 languages.

DEPARTMENTS AND SUBSIDIARIES

While Time-Life Books was Time Inc.'s main publishing unit, the Books Group oversaw several other book publishing, subscription, or direct marketing ventures and companies acquired by Time Inc. The major subsidiaries were the textbook publisher Silver Burdett, acquired in 1962; the Boston-based publishing house Little, Brown and Company acquired in 1968; and the Book-of-the-Month Club officially acquired in 1977 although it worked with Time-Life Books prior to that. In November 1965, Time Inc. and General Electric (GE) create the General Learning Corporation (GLC) consisting of Silver Burdett and capital from GE. Scott Foresman and Company purchased GLC in July 1974.

Other ventures and subsidiaries include:

Time-Life Libraries (originally called The Span of Time) which formed in July 1965 to handle door-to-door sales of Time-Life books. It was also briefly known as the Time-Life Book Program. It took over telephone sales from Time Telemarketing in 1975.

Time-Life Audio, a department formed in 1970 to "produce information and entertainment on audio cassettes for the home" as a subscription service. The first program is "The Executive Voice," produced with the editors of Fortune featuring interviews with business executives about their products and services featured in the news.

Time-Life Records, a subscription service for music series, later known as Time-Life Music.

Seven Arts and Book Find Club, which were book clubs purchased together in 1969 and merged. The name changed to Time Inc. Book Clubs in 1971, and the company dissolved in 1975.

New York Graphic Society (NYGS), publisher of fine art reproductions founded in 1925 by artist Anton Schutz and acquired by Time Inc. in 1966. NYGS owned Alva Museum Replicas and later Museum Collections, Inc. Both were companies that produced art object replicas for retail sale. Little, Brown took over operations of NYGS in 1974. Time Inc. sold NYGS in 1981.

Haverhill, direct marketing firm of high-price gift items, owned by Time Inc. from 1971 to 1975.

Oxmoor House was the direct marketing books subsidiary of Southern Progress Corporation, a company acquired by Time Inc. in 1985.

Citations:

"Heinrich Schutz, 79, Art Dealer and Editor." New York Times, February 23, 2002.

Time Inc. Annual Reports, MS 3009-RG 31, New-York Historical Society.

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

Time Inc. Subject Files, MS 3009-RG 1, New-York Historical Society.

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Scope and Contents

The Books Group Records include office files from the executive level the group vice president documenting oversight of and major changes and decisions for all departments, offices, and subsidiaries within the Books Groups; newsletters and financial records from the Books and Arts Associates, the group created to monitor investments in foreign publishing companies; samples of the series sent out by the music subscription service Time-Life Records, later renamed Time-Life Music; files on the special project undertaken by Time Inc. to assist in the set up of a educational publisher in Iran; and files from the short-lived club offering travel services.

Arrangement

Organized into five series:

Series I. Group Vice President Files

Series II. Books and Arts Associates Records

Series III. Time-Life Records / Time-Life Music Series

Series IV. Iran Publishing Project Files

Series V. Time-Life Travel Club Records

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Austell, Rhett
  • Brack, Reginald K., Jr.
  • Manley, Joan D.

Document Type

  • Corporation records
  • Organization files

Subject Organizations

  • Time, inc. -- Archives
  • Time, inc. -- History

Subject Topics

  • Book clubs (Bookselling)--United States
  • Corporations -- History
  • Corporations -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Music publishing
  • Publishers and publishing -- Iran
  • Publishers and publishing -- Management
  • Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Travel clubs

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Time Inc. in 2015.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers with the exception of restricted materials. Restricted materials may include contracts, personnel files, and correspondence with personally identifying information. Restricted materials are located in box R64. Unreformatted audiovisual material and digital material in the collection is not accessible. Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day.

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Time Inc. Books Group Records, MS 3009-RG 28, 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. Additional records about the history of the Books Group and its subsidiaries can be found in the Time Inc. Subject Files (MS 3009-RG 1) and the Time Inc. Reference Files (MS 3009-RG 3). The Time Inc. Video Group Records (MS 3009-RG 41) may also have materials related to books collaborated on by the two groups.

Processing Information

The Group Vice President Files were processed by Holly Deakyne in 2019. When present and in fair condition, the original folders were retained. Documents were transferred to archival containers in cases of overcrowding, if original folders were damaged, or when in binders. Branded binders were separated from the binder contents for housing purposes; generic binders were not retained. Files retained their original titles, but files with illegible writing or unclear titles were either assigned new titles or had information added to them to clarify the contents. Series were created based on the original arrangement of the materials. Order within the subseries was imposed. Deakyne created the inventory and other descriptive notes for this series.

The Books and Arts Associates Records were processed by Samantha Brown in 2017. The original folders were retained although some documents were transferred to archival containers in instances of overcrowding. Brown created the inventory and other descriptive notes for this series. An additional box of similar material found was incorporated by Deakyne in 2018. Empty folders found in the first box processed were discarded when materials matching the titles were discovered in the additional box.

Time-Life Records / Time-Life Music Series was processed by Deakyne in 2019. The majority of material was originally unfoldered, but grouped by music series. Order was imposed, and titles given are the music series titles. Deakyne created the inventory and other descriptive notes for this series.

The Iran Publishing Project Files were processed by Deakyne in 2019. When present and in fair condition, the original folders were retained. Documents were transferred to archival containers in cases of overcrowding or if original folders were damaged. Files retained their original titles, but files with illegible writing or unclear titles were either assigned new titles or had information added to them to clarify the contents. Order was imposed. Deakyne created the inventory and other descriptive notes for this series.

The Time-Life Travel Club Records were processed by Deakyne in 2019. When present and in fair condition, the original folders were retained. Documents were transferred to archival containers in cases of overcrowding, if original folders were damaged, or when in binders. Generic binders were not retained. Files retained their original titles, but files with illegible writing or unclear titles were either assigned new titles or had information added to them to clarify the contents. Series were created based on the original arrangement of the materials. Order within the subseries was imposed. Deakyne created the inventory and other descriptive notes for this series.

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Container List

Series I. Group Vice President Files, 1963-1988. 14.5 Linear feet in 16 record cartons

Biographical Note

Rhett Austell joined Time Inc. in 1950 and held prior roles at Time in circulation and as general manager. He was Time-Life Books (TLB) publisher from 1964 to 1969, as well as being named a corporate vice president in 1966 and serving on the boards of General Learning Corporation and New York Graphic Society. In 1968 he and vice president Charles Bear served as co-chairmen for the new executive oversight group "Books, Arts and Recordings." In 1970 Austell became executive vice president over TLB, Time-Life Broadcast, Time-Life Films, Time-Life Records, and Books and Arts Associates. By 1974 he was a group vice president (GVP), and departments added to his oversight included Home Box Office (HBO) and Sterling Manhattan Cable Television. By 1978 when Joan Manley takes over as GVP, the groups for Books and Video are separate.

Joan Manley joined TLB at its formation in 1960 and served as the TLB circulation director, then director of sales before being named the TLB publisher in 1970. She was the first woman to hold the role of publisher at Time Inc, and in 1971 became the first woman corporate vice president of Time Inc. By 1978 Manley took over as the Books Group GVP. Along with serving as GVP, she also was chairman and chief executive officer of Time-Life Books, Inc., the incorporated entity overseeing TLB and served on the board of Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. In 1981, John McSweeney, formerly the general manager of TLB, took over as chairman with Carl Jaeger as president, but Manley returned as chairman in 1982. A memorandum from her regarding the 1982 Books Group reorganization states she would no longer be CEO of TLB, but would transition back to only GVP with Reginald Brack taking over in the president and CEO role. Manley retired in August 1984.

Reginald Brack joined Time Inc. in 1962. In the 1982 reorganization of the Books Group, he moved from his position as publisher at Discover to exchange jobs with TLB president Jaeger. Following Manley's retirement in August 1984, Brack became Books GVP along with taking over Manley's other former roles as chairman of Time-Life Books, Inc. and vice chairman of Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. Brack was named chief executive officer (CEO) of the magazine group in December 1986.

Citations:

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.

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

Time Inc. Subject Files, MS 3009-RG 1, New-York Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

The Administrative Files contain records from the holders of this position, primarily Joan Manley and Reginald Brack with earlier files from Rhett Austell. There are also records from administrative assistant Joan Berk acting on behalf of Manley and Brack. Materials were not separated by office holder, but look to be kept together by the administrative staff.

Records include administrative files documenting decisions at the executive level and the oversight of all Time-Life Books staff and projects; files on Time Inc.'s investments in foreign publishing companies; and files on companies other than Time-Life Books within the Books Group.

Arrangement

Organized into three subseries:

Subseries I.A. Administrative Files
Subseries I.B. International Files
Subseries I.C. Subsidiary Files

Subseries I.A. Administrative Files, 1963-1986 (bulk 1972-1986). 4 Linear feet in 5 record cartons

Scope and Contents

The Administrative Files document decisions at the executive level and the oversight of all Time-Life Books staff and projects. Records include interoffice correspondence with staff in the various offices within the Books Group, lists of staff for the various offices and subsidiaries, staffing change announcements, and organization charts for the Books Group and Book-of-the-Month Club. Items of interest include discussion about whether to merge TLB department Time-Life Audio into Time-Life Records, a photograph of the TLB staff working on the Iran Publishing Project, and publisher Joan Manley's 1973 memorandum to GVP Rhett Austell arguing against the proposal to remove "Life" from all company names after the closure of Life magazine.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 1-2 Access (Computer newsletter)
1983-1984
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 3 Acquisitions: Queries
1984-1986
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 4-5 Acquisitions: Possible
1972-1980
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 6 Affirmative Action
1985
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 7 Anniversary: 25th
1986
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 8-12 Announcements
1971-1985
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 13 Artandi, George
1984-1985
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 14 Austell, Rhett
1971-1973
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 15 Bair, Steve
1985
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 16 Banana Republic (Melvin Ziegler)
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 17 The Best of Life
1972-1975
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 18-19 Board of Directors: Executive Committee
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 20 Bonus Forms
1986
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 21 Books Group Boards
1986
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 22 Book Catalog (Gift catalog)
1986
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 23-24 Brack, Reginald to Joan Manley
1982-1984
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 25-27 Budget
1981-1986
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 28 Capital Appropriations
1982
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 29 Cavendish, Marshall (Peter Godfrey)
1973-1974
Offsite-Box: R64 Cavendish, Marshall (Peter Godfrey) [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 30 College Textbook Publishing
1984
Offsite-Box: 3428 Folder : 31 Conference: Lyford Cay
1985
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 1 Conflict of Interest Letters
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 2 Constable, George
1985
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 3 Copyrights
1972-1979
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 4 Corporate Development (New products)
1983-1985
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 5 Corporate Policy Committee
1986
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 6 Creative Advisory Board
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 7 Definitions of Terms
undated
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 8 Dell Publishing
1975
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 9 DeVries, Wes
1985
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 10 Dinner: Lantos, Tom
1986
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 11 Director Mail/Marking Association
1975-1983
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 12 Dushkin Publishing Group Ltd
1972-1973
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 13 D: Miscellaneous
1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 14-15 Edit
1971-1984
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 16 Edit/Publishing
1976-1982
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 17 Education
1979
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 18 Educational Testing Service
1972
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 19 ELHI Textbook Adoption
1985
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 20 Encyclopedia: Hardy, J. Memorandum,
1963
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 21 Fawcett World Library
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 22 Financial Miscellaneous
1971-1977
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 23 Franklin Book Programs
1973-1977
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 24 Fulfillment
1986
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 25 Gallagher, Ralph
1974
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 26 G: Miscellaneous
1984
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 27 Harris, Charles: Howard University Press
1975-1980
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 28 Henry, Bill
1983-1985
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 29 House Ads and Inserts
1972
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 30 H: Miscellaneous
1981-1985
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 31-34 Ideas and Suggestions for Books
1970-1986
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 35-36 Information Services
1984-1985
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 37 Insurance
1981
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 38 Investment Reduction
1982
Offsite-Box: 3429 Folder : 39 Iran
1979-1984
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 1 Italcambio (Mints)
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 2 I: Miscellaneous
1984
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 3-4 J: Miscellaneous
1975-1985
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 5 Kehoe, Michael: Books Suggestion
1979
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 6 K: Miscellaneous
1980-1984
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 7 Library of America
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 8 Linen, Christopher
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 9 Linen, James A.
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 10 Lines of Responsibility
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 11 List Analysis
1972-1973
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 12 List Rentals
1972-1975
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 13 Look (Cowles)
1971-1973
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 14 L: Miscellaneous
1980-1985
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 15 Management Development
1985
Offsite-Box: R64 Management Inventory Books Group [RESTRICTED]
1981
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 16 Management Meeting
1986
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 17 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
1981
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 18 Master List Proposal
1981
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 19 Matimore, J. Clarke
1972-1975
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 20 McClelland, Jack: The Vintage Years
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 21 McKinsey and Company
1983
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 22 McKinsey Books Group Project
1984
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 23-24 McSweeney, Jack
1971-1983
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 25 Medallic Art Company
1971
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 26 Memorandum to Korn and McSweeney
1981
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 27 Millenium
1985
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 28-34 Miscellaneous
1978-1986
Offsite-Box: R64 Miscellaneous [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 35 Model
1983?
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 36 Morgan and Morgan
1975
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 37 Move to Alexandria
1976
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 38 Munro, Dick Memorandum on Books and Information
1987?
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 39 Mydans, Carl and Shelley: U.S. Occupation fo Japan
1981
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 40 New Business Development
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 41 N: Miscellaneous
1980-1983
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 42 OPL (Other Publishers' Libraries?)

Scope and Contents

A memorandum states that Time-Life Books' (TLB) sales of other publishers' books are called OPL in "computerese." This file also discusses the TLB logo.

1974
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 43 Paperbound Editions
1975-1980
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 44 Pello, Joanne
1986
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 45-47 Personnel
1976-1986
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 48 Photography as Art
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 49 Photography Year
1972
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 50 Picture Policy (Reproduction Rights)
1973-1979
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 51 Planet Earth
1982
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 52 Pofcher, Monroe
1985
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 53 Postal Service and Costs
1985
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 54 Pricing
1971, 1981
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 55 Privacy
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 56-57 Production
1973-1984
Offsite-Box: 3430 Folder : 58 P: Miscellaneous
1982-1985
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 1 Quality of Life Fund (Wilderness)
1972
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 2 Reorganization
1982
Offsite-Box: R64 Reorganization [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 3 Restructuring
1983
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 4 Rights and Permissions: Photographs
1973
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 5 Series: Understanding Computers
1984
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 6 Series: Your Home
1985
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 7 Seven Arts
1974
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 8 Shepley, James
1975-1978
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 9 Special Sales
1971-1975
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 10 Steering Committee
1984-1986
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 11 Stewart, Paul: Memoranda
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 12 Stone, Martin
1981-1986
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 13-21 Strategic Planning and Five-Year Plans
1975-1985
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 22 S: Miscellaneous
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 23 Telephone Sales
1979
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 24 Time-Life Audio
1970-1973
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 25 Time-Life Films
1975-1979
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 26 Time-Life Libraries
1971-1974
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 27 Time-Life Records
1972-1973
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 28-29 Time-Life Software
1981-1984
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 30 Time-Life Video
1986
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 31 T: Miscellaneous
1973
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 32 Video Books
1984
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 33 Videocassettes
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 34 Video Education and Training Task Force (Bob Ellis)
1979
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 35 "Working Smarter"
1981
Offsite-Box: 3431 Folder : 36 W: Miscellaneous
1974

Subseries I.B. International Files, 1968-1988. 4.5 Linear feet in 6 record cartons

Scope and Contents

The International Files document the executive oversight of Time Inc.'s minority investments in foreign publishers and include reports from the managing director of the Books and Arts Associates (sometimes called Book Arts and Associates), the advisory management consulting team originally responsible for direct communications with the foreign companies before the GVP's office took over. Records document the strategic plans for the international investments and book projects undertaken in collaboration with international publishers.

Arrangement

Organized with general international files at the front, followed by files on the international investments monitoring group Books and Arts Associates, then alphabetically by region. Regions are defined by the original order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 1-3 General
1971-1981
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 4 Administration
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 5 Board Memorandum on Japan and Mexico
1984
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 6 Board Memorandum on Minority Investments Abroad
1972
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 7-8 Fulfillment
1972-1981
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 9 International Production and Distribution (IPD)
1971-1976
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 10 Legal
1972-1979
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 11 Management Information System
1971
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 12 Operations Committee
1971-1972
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 13 Strategic Plan: Europe and SOPAC
1982-1988
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 14 Translation Costs
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 15 XTIs (Cross Throw In)
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 16-18 Books and Arts and Associates: General
1972-1981
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 19-20 Books and Arts and Associates: Alexander Project
1978-1982
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 21 Books and Arts and Associates: International Investment Strategy
1974
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 22 Books and Arts and Associates: Morfogen, Zachary
1977-1982
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 23 Books and Arts and Associates: Raise Review
1976-1980
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 24 Books and Arts and Associates: Summaries of Publishing Activities
1974
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 25-27 Asia: China
1971-1981
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 28-29 Asia: Hong Kong
1976-1981
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 30 Asia: India
1979
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 31 Asia: Indonesia
1974-1979
Offsite-Box: 3432 Folder : 32-34 Asia: Japan: General
1971-1975
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 1-6 Asia: Japan: General
1976-1985
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 7 Asia: Japan: Children's Encyclopedia
1973
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 8-9 Asia: Japan: Direct-to-Consumer Sales
1970-1973
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 10 Asia: Japan: Fulfillment
1973-1975
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 11 Asia: Japan: Incorporation
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 12 Asia: Japan: Ingleton, Nicholas
1980
Offsite-Box: R64 Asia: Japan: Ingleton, Nicholas [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 13-14 Asia: Japan: K. K. Pacifica (Japanese trade company)
1976-1979
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 15 Asia: Japan: Medical Company: Board Memorandum
1978
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 16 Asia: Japan: NHK Series (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
1973
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 17-21 Asia: Japan: Seibu Time Company Ltd.
1983-1986
Offsite-Box: R64 Asia: Japan: Seibu Time Company Ltd. [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 22-23 Asia: Japan: Shingakusha
1971-1977
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 24-30 Asia: Japan: Teijin-Time
1973-1975
Offsite-Box: R64 Asia: Japan: Teijin-Time [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 31 Asia: Japan: Telephone Sales
1974
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 32-33 Asia: Japan: Time Inc. and Japanese Book Club
1969-1970
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 34-35 Asia: Japan: Time-Life Communications
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 36 Asia: Japan: Time-Life Educational Program
1971-1974
Offsite-Box: 3433 Folder : 37 Asia: Japan: Time-Life Educational Systems Co. Ltd.
1972
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 1 Asia: Japan: Time-Life Educational System: English Language Course
1975-1979
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 2 Asia: Japan: Time-Life Kyoiku Shuppan
1979
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 3-4 Asia: Japan: Time-Life Microsonics
1978-1980
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 5-6 Asia: Japan: Time-Life Tosho Hambai Kabushiki Kaisha
1973-1974
Offsite-Box: R64 Asia: Korea: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 7-10 Asia: Korea: Hankook Ilbo Time-Life
1973-1979
Offsite-Box: R64 Asia: Korea: Hankook Ilbo Time-Life [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 11 Asia: Philippines
1968-1981
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 12 Asia: Russia
1972-1978
Offsite-Box: R64 Asia: Russia [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 13-14 Asia: Singapore
1971-1976
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 15 Canada
1981-1986
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 16 Europe: Reorganization
1978-1983
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 17 Europe: Strategic Plan
1985
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 18-20 Europe: England/UK: Andre Deutsch Ltd.
1969-1975
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 21-22 Europe: England/UK: BBC
1969-1975
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 23 Europe: England/UK: Beazley, Mitchell
1971-1974
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 24 Europe: England/UK: Harrow House Limited
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: R64 Europe: England/UK: Harrow House Limited [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 25-26 Europe: England/UK: London
1973-1983
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 27 Europe: England/UK: Trewin Copplestone Ltd.
1980
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 28 Europe: Finland
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 29 Europe: France: Editions du Fanal
1978
Offsite-Box: 3434 Folder : 30-39 Europe: France: Editions Robert Laffont: General
1972-1977
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 1-6 Europe: France: Editions Robert Laffont: General
1978-1983
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 7-9 Europe: France: Editions Robert Laffont: Board of Directors
1969-1978
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 10 Europe: France: Editions Robert Laffont: Films
1969-1974
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 11 Europe: France: Editions Robert Laffont: Financial
1972-1973
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 12 Europe: France: Editions Robert Laffont: Optidisc
1972-1973
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 13 Europe: France: Editions Robert Laffont: Recapitalization
1978-1979
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 14-15 Europe: France: Medsi Group
1978-1983
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 16 Europe: France: Paris Office
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 17 Europe: Germany: General
1976-1980
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 18-19 Europe: Germany: Christian Verlag
1978-1982
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 20-22 Europe: Germany: Rowohlt Taschenbuch
1972-1983
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 23-24 Europe: Italy: Mondadori
1969-1972
Offsite-Box: 3435 Folder : 25-31 Europe: The Netherlands
1971-1985
Offsite-Box: 3436 Folder : 1-5 Europe: Spain: Salvat Ediclub
1968-1979
Offsite-Box: 3436 Folder : 6-7 Latin America: General
1968-1978
Offsite-Box: 3436 Folder : 8 Latin America: Brazil: General
1983
Offsite-Box: 3436 Folder : 9a Latin America: Brazil: Medsi
1981
Offsite-Box: 3436 Folder : 9b Latin America: Brazil: Rio de Janeiro
1980
Offsite-Box: R64 Latin America: King, Robert H. [RESTRICTED]
1973
Offsite-Box: 3436 Folder : 10 Latin America: Management Operations Committee
1975
Offsite-Box: 3436 Folder : 11-16 Latin America: Mexico: General
1971-1984
Offsite-Box: 3436 Folder : 17-24 Latin America: Mexico: Organizacion Editorial Novaro: General
1972-1977
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 1-7 Latin America: Mexico: Organizacion Editorial Novaro: General
1978-1983
Offsite-Box: R64 Latin America: Mexico: Organizacion Editorial Novaro: General [RESTRICTED]
1979-1982
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 8 Latin America: Mexico: Organizacion Editorial Novaro: Board Memorandum
1972
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 9-10 Latin America: Overseas Educational Society
1971-1975
Offsite-Box: R64 Latin America: Overseas Educational Society [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 11 Middle East: Egypt
1976
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 12 Middle East: Iran: General
1977
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 13 Middle East: Iran: Ellis, Bob
1976-1981
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 14-15 Middle East: Iran: Board Memoranda
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 16-17 Middle East: Israel
1974-1983
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 18-19 SOPAC (South Pacific) / Australia
1971-1979

Subseries I.C. Subsidiary Files, 1965-1987. 5 Linear feet in 7 record cartons

Scope and Contents

The Subsidiary Files document the executive oversight of book publishing, subscription, or direct marketing companies acquired by Time Inc. Records include the strategic plans for the subsidiaries and files on publishing or sales projects. Some of the general files for subsidiaries have board meeting minutes and materials. Board records from Time-Life Books, Inc. originally were included with the other subsidiary files instead of with the administrative files. Items of interest include a memorandum stating that Time Inc. has no intention or interest in selling publisher Little, Brown and Company to prospective buyers.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3437 Folder : 20-27 Book-of-the-Month Club: General
1977-1984
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 1-2 Book-of-the-Month Club: General
1984
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 3-9 Book-of-the-Month Club: Board of Directors
1974-1981
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 10 Book-of-the-Month Club: Fitzgerald, Ed
1977-1980
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 11 Book-of-the-Month Club: Goals (Strategic Planning)
1981-1984
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 12-13 Book-of-the-Month Club: Personnel
1978-1983
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 14 Book-of-the-Month Club: Silverman, Al
1984-1985
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 15 Book-of-the-Month Club: Wiegers, Betsy
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 16-17 General Learning Corporation
1965, 1974
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 18-21 Haverhill's: General
1971-1974
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 22 Haverhill's: Acquisition
1971
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 23-25 Haverhill's: Board of Directors Meetings and Memoranda
1971-1974
Offsite-Box: 3438 Folder : 26 Haverhill's: Legal
1971-1975
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 1-17 Little, Brown and Company: General
1968-1986
Offsite-Box: R64 Little, Brown and Company: General [RESTRICTED]
1971-1973
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 18-22 Little, Brown and Company: Board of Directors Meetings and Memoranda
1969-1981
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 23 Little, Brown and Company: College Division
1986
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 24 Little, Brown and Company: College Hill Press
1986
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 25 Little, Brown and Company: Dolan, Kevin
1985
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 26 Little, Brown and Company: Goals
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 27 Little, Brown and Company: Kissinger Book
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 28 Little, Brown and Company: Legal
1968-1974
Offsite-Box: R64 Little, Brown and Company: Legal [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 29-30 Little, Brown and Company: Personnel
1970-1985
Offsite-Box: R64 Little, Brown and Company: Personnel [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 31 Little, Brown and Company: Possible Buyers
1983-1986
Offsite-Box: 3439 Folder : 32 Little, Brown and Company: Trade Department
1967-1969
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 1 Museum Collections, Inc.: General
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 2 Museum Collections, Inc.: Advance Announcements
1982
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 3 Museum Collections, Inc.: Bronzes Ordered
1978-1981
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 4 Museum Collections, Inc.: Close Down
1983-1984
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 5 Museum Collections, Inc.: Correspondence with Fred Schulenburg
1982-1984
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 6 Museum Collections, Inc.: Filler Ads and Space Bank
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 7-8 Museum Collections, Inc.: Financial Reports
1982
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 9 Museum Collections, Inc.: Income Statements
1983
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 10 Museum Collections, Inc.: New York Graphic Society
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 11-15 Museum Collections, Inc.: Products
1978-1983
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 16 Museum Collections, Inc.: Sale
1982-1987
Offsite-Box: R64 Museum Collections, Inc.: Sale [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 17-23 New York Graphic Society: General
1971-1982
Offsite-Box: 3440 Folder : 24-28 New York Graphic Society: Alva Museum Replicas: General
1969-1979
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 1-3 New York Graphic Society: Alva Museum Replicas: General
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 4 New York Graphic Society: Alva Museum Replicas: Catalogs
1978-1980
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 5 New York Graphic Society: Board of Directors
1974
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 6 New York Graphic Society: Personnel
1973-1974
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 7 Oxmoor House
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 8 Seven Arts and Book Find
1969
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 9-10 Silver Burdett

Scope and Contents

The Silver Burdett files include materials on other educational publisher subsidiaries General Learning Corporation and Scott, Foresman.

1973-1982
Offsite-Box: R64 Silver Burdett [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 11-12 Stonehenge Press
1979-1982
Offsite-Box: 3441 Folder : 13-19 Time-Life Books, Inc.: Board of Directors and Board Meetings
1976-1980
Offsite-Box: 3442 Folder : 1-2 Time-Life Books, Inc.: Board of Directors and Board Meetings
1981
Offsite-Box: 3442 Folder : 3 Time-Life Home Video Club
1986
Offsite-Box: 3442 Folder : 4-5 Time-Life Travel Club
1970-1973

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Series II. Books and Arts Associates Records, 1969-1980, 2015. 2 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Historical Note

In 1965, Time Inc. became interested in investing in foreign publishing companies. By October 1966, they had made their first deal and purchased interest in Organizacion Editorial Novaro S.A., a leading Mexican magazine and book publisher. At this same time, Time-Life International executives were meeting with publishers in Germany looking for further investments. Ultimately Time Inc. purchased part of Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag. Two years later, Time Inc. purchased interest in Andre Deutsch Ltd, a British publishing house, and entered a joint venture with Spanish publisher Salvat Editores S.A. to distribute books and records directly by mail.

In 1969 Time Inc. created a new entity to monitory its growing number of foreign investments called Books and Arts Associates (BAA). BAA's 1981-1985 strategic plan defines BAA as an advisory management consulting team. The earliest mention of BAA in Time Inc.'s annual reports states it contained the wholly-owned subsidiaries of the publishing house of Little, Brown and Company, the New York Graphic Society Ltd. (NYGS), "the largest publisher of fine-art reproductions in the world" along with its subsidiary Alva Museum Replicas, Inc., "which has exclusive reproduction rights to hundreds of museum artifacts" as well as the foreign publishing firms in which Time Inc. owned minority interests. Along with overseeing the investments made prior to its creation, BAA also managed investments in the French Editions Robert Laffont and Japanese Shingakusha-Time International as well as the 1978 joint venture Time Inc. entered with Little, Brown in France and Japan that focused on publishing materials in the medical field (Medsi). Zachary Morfogen, formerly an executive in Time Life International and then director of marketing for the Books, Arts, and Recordings Group (precursor to the Books Group), is BAA's managing director,

While BAA was listed as its own department on the Time Inc. department head lists, by 1975 it functioned as a member of the Books Group along with Time-Life Books and the Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. overseen by group vice president Joan Manley. At this time, BAA no longer oversees Little, Brown and NYGS. The 1981 annual report has no mention of BAA, and a June 29, 1981 memorandum from Manley to Department Heads announces the reassignment of companies overseen by BAA. Managing Director of BAA Europe Hans Bergmans continued handling the European minority holdings, but there is no mention of Bergmans in the department head lists past 1981. An August 7, 1981 memorandum from Denise Crockett to Manley's executive assistant Joan Berk refers to the Books Group as the office of record for BAA. A 1982 staff memo announces Morfogen joining Corporate Public Affairs.

Citations:

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

Time Inc. 1980 Annual Report. 1981. http://www.thehistorycenteronline.com/collections/entry/category/annual-reports-time-inc.-temple-eastex, accessed June 2, 2017.

Scope and Contents

The Books and Arts Associates Records cover the period of 1970 through 1981 and focus on the finances of Books and Arts Associates, a group within Time Inc. which monitored Time Inc.'s minority investments in foreign publishing houses. The majority of documents were created by or sent to Zachary Morfogen, the Managing Director of Books and Arts Associates. Included are newsletters along with printing invoices, strategic plans, budget reports, monthly and weekly operating reports, business objectives, account statements, international investment strategies, accounting policies and procedures, presentations on finances and income, and correspondence. The correspondence discusses social security benefits and payments, strategic plans, budgets, and operating reports.

Arrangement

Arranged reverse chronologically as per the loose original order with undated material at the end.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 1 Archives Transfer Form
2015
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 2 Strategic Plan: 1981-1985
1980
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 3-6 Weekly/Monthly Reports
1980
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 7 Budget
1979
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 8 Five-Year Plan: 1979-1983
1978
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 11 Summary of Accounting Policies and Procedures
1978
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 9-10 Plan and Budget
1977
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 12 Five Year Plan: 1978-1982
1977
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 13-14 Budget
1976
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 15-16 Two Year Plan: 1977-1978
1976
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 17 Budget
1975
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 18 Two-Year Plan: 1976-1977
1975
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 19 Budget
1974
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 20 International Investment Strategy
1974
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 21 Budget
1973
Offsite-Box: 786 Folder : 22-24 Newsletters
1973
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 1 Three Year Plan: 1974-1976
1973
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 2 Budget
1972
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 3-4 Newsletters
1972
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 5 Two-Year Plan
1972
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 6 Budget
1971
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 7-8 Five Year Plan
1971
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 9-14 Newsletters
1971
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 15-22 Newsletters
1970
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 23-26 Newsletters
1969
Offsite-Box: 1834 Folder : 27 Financial Presentation
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Series III. Time-Life Records / Time-Life Music Series, 1966-1988. 3.25 Linear feet in 4 record cartons and 1 flat box

Scope and Contents

The majority of materials in the Time-Life Records / Time-Life Music Series are booklets and liner notes that accompanied the reissued recordings sent out to subscribers. While the music on the albums was not recorded specifically for Time-Life Records, the booklets and liner notes contain unique editorial content created by Time-Life Books staff or by contracted experts. The Beethoven Bicentennial Collection has what looks like copies of the original liner notes created by Deutsche Grammophon and the Beethoven Archive Bonn. This series also includes some samples of the cassettes and CDs produced. Unreformatted audiovisual material in the collection is not accessible.

Citation:

Hooper, Bill. Email to Holly Deakyne, September 3, 2019. September 3.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically by series name.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3442 Folder : 6-8 American Musicals
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3442 Folder : 9 As You Remember Them
1973
Offsite-Box: 3442 Folder : 10-11 Arthur Fiedler's Favorites
1977-1981
Offsite-Box: 3442 Folder : 12 Beethoven Bicentennial Collection
circa 1971
Offsite-Box: 2868 The Beethoven Collection [RESTRICTED]

Scope and Contents

Contains commercially packaged audiovisual material from this Time-Life Music subscription series. Components of the series include Piano Concerto No. 5, Symphonies 4 to 9, and Violin Concerto in D.

6 audiocassettes : analog, stereo ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape.

Offsite-Box: 3325 Folder : 1 Big Bands
1983-1986
Offsite-Box: 3442 Folder : 13-14 Concerts of Great Music
1967-1969
Offsite-Box: 3443 Folder : 1 Country Music
1981
Offsite-Box: 3443 Folder : 2-3 Country Western Classics
1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 3325 Folder : 2 The Gershwin Collection
1974
Offsite-Box: 3443 Folder : 4-8 Giants of Jazz
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 2868 Great Composers [RESTRICTED]

Scope and Contents

Contains commercially packaged audiovisual material from this Time-Life Music subscription series. Components of the series include an A cassette and B cassette each for Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky; and an A disc and B disc for Chopin.

8 audiocassettes : analog, stereo ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape.

2 compact discs (CD).

1988
Offsite-Box: 3443 Folder : 9-10 Great Men of Music
1974-1979
Offsite-Box: 3444 Folder : 1 Great Performers
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3444 Folder : 2-3 Metropolitan Centennial Collection of Great Opera
1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 3444 Folder : 4-5 Mozart
1979-1982
Offsite-Box: 2868 The Mozart Collection [RESTRICTED]

Scope and Contents

Contains commercially packaged audiovisual material from this Time-Life Music subscription series.

22 audiocassettes : analog, stereo ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape.

2 compact discs (CD).

1987-1988
Offsite-Box: 3444 Folder : 6 The Rock 'n' Roll Era
1986-1988
Offsite-Box: 3444 Folder : 7-8 The Story of Great Music
1966-1972
Offsite-Box: 3325 Folder : 3 The Story of Great Music
1966-1972
Offsite-Box: 2868 The Story of Great Music [RESTRICTED]

Scope and Contents

Contains commercially produced audiovisual material from this Time-Life Records subscription series.

3 audiocassettes : analog ; 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape. On label: The Story of Great Music-The Spanish Style."

circa 1972
Offsite-Box: 3444 Folder : 9 The Swing Era
1985

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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.
Citations:

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. https://archive.org/details/iransurveyofusbu00unit

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
1976
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 31 Ellis, Robert: To Be Filed
1979
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 32-33 Finances: Iranian Bank Account
1978-1980
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 34-35 Initial Studies
1971, 1975
Offsite-Box: 3708 Folder : 36-39 Invoices
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 1-2 Invoices
1978-1979
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 3 Legal: Claims
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 4 Legal: Correspondence
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 5 Legal: Costs
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 6-7 Legal: Ellis, Robert
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 8 Legal: Invoice Responses
1982
Offsite-Box: 3706 Folder : 9-15 Legal: Iran-United States Claims Tribunal Court Records
1983-1985
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 1 Legal: McCandless, Carolyn
1983
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 2 Legal: Resolution
1984
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 3-8 Legal: White and Case: Backup Files and Materials Collected
1971-1982
Offsite-Box: R64 Legal: White and Case: Backup Files and Materials Collected [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 9-11 Staff: Bagherzade, Iradj
1977-1980
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 12 Staff: Marshall, Geoffrey
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 13 Staff: Tunstell, Doug
1977
Offsite-Box: R64 Taxes: Calculations [RESTRICTED]
1977
Offsite-Box: 3707 Folder : 14-17 Taxes: Staff
1977-1980
Offsite-Box: R64 Taxes: Staff [RESTRICTED]
1977-1981

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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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