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Guide to the Time Inc. Editorial Services Records
1966-1977, 1991-2003
 MS 3009-RG 47

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Historical Note

Editorial Services was established as a central corporate division in 1967 with four departments: Bureau of Editorial Services; Editorial Production; the Photo Lab; and the Picture Collection. These departments supported the research, editorial, and publishing efforts of the Time Inc. magazines. Departments and offices within Editorial Services reorganized frequently.

Bureau of Editorial Services, transferred from the Time Editorial Department in 1967, was sometimes known as the "Word Morgue". In 1971, it was renamed the Library.

Editorial Production transferred from the Time Editorial Department in 1967 and contained the Photon and Copy Processing operations. In 1970 Editorial Production ceased Photon operations and became synonymous with Copy Processing. In 1981 Editorial Production/Copy Processing detached from Editorial Services and transferred to separate management.

The Photo Lab transferred from the Life Editorial Department in 1967 and remained a department until Editorial Services closed in 2001.

The Picture Collection transferred from the Life Editorial Department in 1967. While at  Life, it was known as the Picture Morgue then the  Life Picture Collection.

Prior to closing, Life magazine operated the Time-Life Syndication Service. After  Life ceased operations, Editorial Services established the Time-Life Picture Agency, also known as the Time-Life Picture Service, within the Picture Collection to take over syndication services.

Other syndication offices within Editorial Services included the Life Picture Service, Time & Life Syndication and TimePix. Time & Life Syndication transferred to Editorial Services around 1994 and may have been an office created by the reorganization of  Life Picture Service and Time Pix Syndication (a  Time editorial division) in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Time Inc. established TimePix around 1999 replacing Time & Life Syndication.

History of Offices in the Editorial Services Division
1967 September Editorial Services is established.
1970 January Editorial Production ceases Photon operations. From this point the Editorial Production department becomes synonymous with Copy Processing.
1971 April Bureau of Editorial Reference is renamed the Library.
1973 Time-Life Picture Agency is established under the Picture Collection.
1976 December Time-Life Picture Agency closes. Editorial Services continues to provide syndication services.
1978 First mention of the Life Picture Service which replaces the Time-Life Picture Agency.
1981 May Editorial Production/Copy Processing detaches from Editorial Services to separate management.
1982 January Life Picture Service transfers to new  Life magazine.
circa 1994 Time & Life Syndication transfers to Editorial Services.
The Archives transfers to Editorial Services.
1996 The Library and the Archives are reorganized and renamed Time Research Center.
circa 1999 TimePix established.
2001 August Time Research Center is decentralized from Editorial Services and dissolved.
2001 November The Photo Lab, Picture Collection and TimePix are decentralized and downsized and the Editorial Services division closes.
2003 April TimePix is sold to Getty Images.