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Guide to the Time Inc. Sports Illustrated for Kids Records
1987-1996
 MS 3009-RG 55

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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Holly Deakyne

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 23, 2021 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. Sports Illustrated for Kids Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1987-1996
Abstract: Sports Illustrated for Kids (SIFK) was developed by  Sports Illustrated staff starting around 1987 and launched in January 1989. Records primarily document the development of SIFK and include prospectuses, circulation plans, marketing plans, advertising plans, story list ideas, kids survey results, and a copy of the first issue.
Quantity: 1 Linear feet in 1 record carton and 1 flat box
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 documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3009-RG 55
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

Sports Illustrated for Kids (SIFK) was developed by  Sports Illustrated staff starting around 1987. The first issue launched in January 1989. While in development, it was called "SI Junior." The early prospectus for SIFK states, "Sports Illustrated is planning a monthly sports magazine for boys and girls aged 9 through 12. This publication will have the editorial quality-the interesting stores, the exciting photographs-you would expect from SI, but it will be done to suit the tastes, interests and expectations of younger readers." "The editorial purpose of the magazine will be to emphasize the enjoyment that exists in all sports..."

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Scope and Contents

Sports Illustrated for Kids (SIFK) Records comprise material marked "to be filed" by the Time Inc. Library and primarily document the development of SIFK. The material comes from several members of  Sports Illustrated (SI) / SIFK staff including first Managing Editor John Papanek (previously SI Senior Editor), first General Manager Gretchen Teichgraeber (previously SI Magazine Development Director), and first Marketing Director Susan Alexander (previously SI Research Director). Records include prospectuses, circulation plans, marketing plans, advertising plans, story list ideas, kids survey results, and a copy of the first issue.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically with arrangement imposed by the archivist.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Corporation records
  • Organization files

Subject Organizations

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

Subject Topics

  • American periodicals -- History
  • Corporations -- History
  • Corporations -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Time Inc. in 2015.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to qualified researchers. Unreformatted digital material in the collection is not accessible.

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.

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. Sports Illustrated for Kids Records, MS 3009-RG 55, 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. Sports Illustrated for Kids Records were processed by Holly Deakyne in 2021. The majority of material was found unhoused. Documents in original folders were transferred to archival containers in instances of overcrowding or if the original folder was in poor condition or undersized. Branded binders were retained and housed separately from their contents. Arrangement was imposed.

Deakyne 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: 4101 Folder : 1 Early Ideas
circa 1987-1988
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 2 History
1987-1991
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 3 Information Master Binder: Contents
circa 1993
Offsite-Box: 4148 Folder : 1 Information Master Binder: Cover
circa 193
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 4 Issues
1989, 1996
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 5 Launch Presentation
1988
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 6 Marketing Materials
circa 1988
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 7 Multimedia Encyclopedia

Scope and Contents

Includes digital material.

Materials include one unopened box of The Everything You Want to Know About Sports Encyclopedia containing a CD-ROM.

1994
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 8-9 Pre-Launch (Name Research)
1987
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 10 Prospectus and Early Ideas
1988-1994
Offsite-Box: 4101 Folder : 11-12 Strategic Plan
1996

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