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Guide to the Time Inc. Reference Files
1907-2015 (bulk 1933-2003)
 MS 3009-RG 3

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

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

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 15, 2021
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. Reference Files
Dates [inclusive]: 1907-2015 (bulk 1933-2003)
Abstract: The Time Inc. Reference Files document the history of Time Inc. corporate divisions, the editing and publishing groups for the major titles, Home Box Office (HBO), and Time-Life Books; corporate decisions; office locations; books about Time Inc. and published by Time Inc.; franchises such as the Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue" and  Time "Person of the Year" (originally "Man of the Year"); personnel decisions, including those during World War II; and several staff organizations. Specific areas of interest in this collection include the Department Head Lists, which record the structure of the company and names and titles of top-level staff; and copies of  FYI, an internal Time Inc. staff newsletter which discuss department and staffing changes, events and milestones, along with a card index of the contents. While the Reference Files seem to record the history of Time Inc. in a similar manner to the Time Inc. Subject Files, this record group may have, at one point, been organically created by departments sending copies of informative records to Time Inc.'s "central file."
Quantity: 79.92 Linear feet in 19 document cases, 64 record cartons, 3 flat boxes, and 1 filing cabinet
Location: Most of the materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take up to five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3009-RG 3
Sponsor: The processing of the Time Inc. Records was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.