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Guide to the Time Inc. Oral History Project Records
 MS 3009-RG 33

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Holly Deakyne

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 25, 2021
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents Note

According to the records and oral history releases, interviews were conducted by the Time Inc. Archives between 1984 and 1994. Papers consist of background preparation research to formulate interview questions including copies of archival material and news clippings; notes of possible questions to ask; correspondence with the interview subject setting up interview and discussing their review of transcripts; and transcripts. Some paper files include audiovisual of the interviews. A large portion of audiovisual was housed separately from the papers. Not all individuals have transcripts or audiovisual material, and it is noted when these materials exist.

Individuals selected for interview are mainly editors, reporters, or photographers including members of corporate editorial such as editor-in-chief Donovan Hedley, editorial director Ralph Graves, and assistant corporate editor Dave Maness; and Time editors Tom Griffith and Robert Sherrod; chief editor of  March of Time Lothar Wolff; and  Life photographers David Duncan, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Albert Fenn.

Also included are heads of departments such as corporate vice president of law Gabe Perle, vice president of corporate public affairs Donald Wilson, and vice president and personnel director Robert Steed.

The project also includes those who held special positions or were involved in notable events in Time Inc.'s history such as: corporate historian Curt Prendergast; Henry R. Luce's sister Elisabeth Moore; Time cover researcher and coordinator Rosemary Frank; Eleanor Graves, an long-time employee who held several titles including programming director for Time-Life Films and assistant managing editor of the revived  Life; and Carl and Shelley Mydans, the reporter and photographer team captured during World War II as prisoners-of-war while on assignment for  Life.

Since some individuals were no longer living at the time this project commenced, it isn't certain if all files were created for interviews or were just background information collected during the project.

Arrangement Note

Organized alphabetically by last name based on the original order.