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Guide to the Time Inc. Atlantic Recording Company and Elektra Entertainment Records
1964-1993 (bulk, 1974-1993)
 MS 3009-RG 51

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Allen Thomas

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 08, 2021
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. Atlantic Recording Company and Elektra Entertainment Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1964-1993 (bulk, 1974-1993)
Abstract: Atlantic Recording Corporation and Elektra Entertainment are music record labels owned by Warner Communications at the time of its merger with Time Inc. The labels were then managed under the Time Warner Entertainment division. The collection contains print-outs of sales data for artists signed with both labels.
Quantity: 4 Linear feet in 4 record cartons
Location: These 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 materials in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3009-RG 51
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

Atlantic Recording Corporation (usually known as Atlantic Records) was a record label founded by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson in 1947 which became known for specializing in the jazz, R&B, and soul genres. In 1967, Atlantic Records was purchased by Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers went through a series of mergers or sales to become Kinney National Services.

Elektra Entertainment was a record label founded by by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt in 1950 which became known for releases in the rock and contemporary folk genres. Elektra was purchased in 1970 by Kinney National Services in 1970 which changed its name to Warner Communications in 1972.

In 1990 Warner Communications merged with Time Inc. to form Time Warner. In 1993 Time Warner Entertainment was formed as a division of the company which included music labels such as Atlantic Records and Elektra Entertainment.

Citations:

Edwards, David, and Mike Callahan. "The Atlantic Records Story." Both Sides Now Stereo Newsletter, Both Sides Now Publications, February 20, 2000, www.bsnpubs.com/atlantic/atlanticstory.html.

Sutel, Seth. "Warner Music Slashes Jobs, Ousts Bigwigs". The Washington Post (AP), March 2, 2004, https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22519-2004Mar2.html?sections=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/business.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of data print-outs listing artists signed with Atlantic Records and Elektra Entertainment with sales figures for releases for certain periods of time as well as a binder of information on the gathering of this matertial.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically based on the original arrangement.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Corporation records
  • Organization files

Subject Organizations

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

Subject Topics

  • Corporations -- History
  • Corporations -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Music publishing
  • Music trade
  • Popular music -- United States.
  • Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Time Inc. in 2015.

Conditions Governing Access

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 between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Open to qualified researchers with the exception of restricted materials. Restricted materials include contracts and are located in box R86.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

This record group should be cited as Time Inc. Atlantic Recording Company and Elektra Entertainment Records, MS 3009-RG 51, 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.

Processing Information

The Time Inc. Atlantic Recording Company and Elektra Entertainment Records were processed by Allen Thomas in 2020. The original folders were retained although some documents were transferred to archival containers in instances of overcrowding. Generic binders were disassembled and not retained, and their contents rehoused. Allen Thomas created the inventory and other descriptive notes to produce this finding aid.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4085 Folder : 1-2 Agent's Label Copies Test Sample Atlantic
1968-1974
Offsite-Box: 4085 Folder : 3 Agent's Label Copies Test Sample Elektra Records
1972-1974
Offsite-Box: 4085 Folder : 4-6 Artists C-D
1967-1975
Offsite-Box: 4085 Folder : 7-8 Artists N-R
1969-1985
Offsite-Box: 4085 Folder : 9-10 Artists S
1964-1983
Offsite-Box: 4085 Folder : 11-12 Artists T-Z
1966-1984
Offsite-Box: R86 Folder : 91 Atlantic Contract [Restricted]
1968
Offsite-Box: 4085 Folder : 13-14 Atlantic Final Artist Spread Report – All Units
1987
Offsite-Box: 4086 Folder : 1-2 Atlantic Final Artist Spread Report – All Units
1988
Offsite-Box: 4086 Folder : 3-4 Atlantic Final Artist Spread Report – All Units
1989
Offsite-Box: 4086 Folder : 5-7 Atlantic Final Artist Spread Report – Reg Units 1990
1990
Offsite-Box: 4086 Folder : 8 Atlantic Final Artist Spread Report – Reg Units 1990
1990
Offsite-Box: 4086 Folder : 9 Atlantic Royalty Analysis 1974
1974
Offsite-Box: 4086 Folder : 10 Atlantic Royalty Analysis 1975
1975
Offsite-Box: 4086 Folder : 11 Atlantic Royalty Analysis 1976
1976
Offsite-Box: 4086 Folder : 12 Atlantic Royalty Analysis 1977
1977
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 1-2 Atlantic Sales 1969-1971
1969-1971
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 3 Atlantic Spread Report 1978
1978
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 4 Atlantic Spread Report 1979
1979
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 5 Atlantic Spread Report 1980
1980
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 6 Atlantic Spread Report 198
1981
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 7-8 Atlantic Spread Report 1982
1982
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 9 Atlantic Spread Report 1983
1983
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 10-11 Atlantic Spread Report 1983
1983
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 12 Atlantic Spread Report 1984
1984
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 13 Atlantic Spread Report 1985
1985
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 14 Atlantic Spread Report
1987
Offsite-Box: 4087 Folder : 15 Atlantic Track Listings
1972, 1975, 1990
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 1 Elektra 1972-1974 Releases Sales 1973-1991
1993
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 2 Elektra Entertainment Foreign History Analysis Report
1993
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 3 Elektra Entertainment National Catalog Sales by Record Project
1993
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 4 Elektra National Catalog Sales Dollars Report
1993
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 5 Elektra Records Database Releases Domestic Sales 1983-1992/Foreign Sales 1987-1992
1992
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 6 Elektra Release Listing 1972-1974 Domestic Sales 1976
1992
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 7 Elektra Release Listing 1972-1974 Domestic Sales 1977
1993
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 8-10 Elektra Release Listing 1972-1974 Sales
1993
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 11 Elektra Research
1992
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 12 Elektra Sales
1993
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 13 Elektra "Best of" Releases Domestic Sales 1983-1992 and Foreign Sales 1987-1992
1993
Offsite-Box: 4088 Folder : 14-16 Warner Records Binder #1 (Walter J. Grabowski)
1993

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