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Guide to the Time Inc. Corporate Editorial Records
1944-2003 (bulk 1959-1994)
 MS 3009-RG 6

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Series II.A. Editorial Director Ralph Graves Files, 1973-1983. 11.75 Linear feet in 13 record cartons

Biographical / Historical

Ralph Graves was a reporter then articles editor for Life for many years before being appointed its managing editor in 1969. As Time Inc. suspended Life in 1972, he was the last managing editor of the original version of  Life.

According to a corporate memo in Time Executive Editor Edward Jamieson's files, Graves was Acting Editorial Director for some months in 1972. In 1973, he became Corporate Editor of Film and Cable. The Time Inc. Department Head Lists in the Time Inc. Reference Files record him as a corporate editor from 1974 to 1978 with his listing changing to editorial director by 1980. He retired from Time Inc. in 1983.

Citations:

Bonanos, Christopher. "Last Editor of Weekly Life Magazine Dies." Daily Intelligencer. New York, June 17, 2013. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/06/last-editor-of-weekly-life-magazine-dies.html

Time Inc. Reference Files, MS 3009-RG 3, New-York Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

The Ralph Graves Files span his career at Time Inc. in the corporate editorial department after the closing of Life. Records include his office files and his collected bound books and binders of various reference materials including manuals, reports, and staff listings.

Arrangement

Organized into two subseries:

Subseries II.A.1. Office Files

Subseries II.A.2. Books and Binders

Subseries II.A.1. Office Files, 1973-1983. 10.5 Linear feet in 11 record cartons

Scope and Contents Note

Office Files include correspondence, memoranda, and reports from all editorial departments at Time Inc. including planning material and memoranda regarding "American Revival," a project to publish special reports by all Time Inc. magazines; a cost evaluation of how many color pages could be afforded or desired in Time; and discussion between Editor-in-Chief Hedley Donovan and Graves regarding the  Fortune revamp.

The Office Files also include administrative documents such as outside requests for permission to use the archives; Fortune investment guides; Book-Of-The-Month Club budgets and strategy plans; general all-staff memos collected by Graves regarding restructuring, earning reports, and staff changes; correspondence and memoranda on exhibits and publications involving the Picture Collection; and notes on the Home Box Office (HBO) strategy and board meeting.

Items of interest include an extensive recounting of a White House dinner; contact sheets of Henry Kissinger signing his book contract; and use rights discussion with Cornell Capa at the International Center of Photography.

Arrangement Note

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 1-4 American Revival
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: R23 American Revival [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 5 American University in Cairo
1976
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 6-7 Archives
1974-1982
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 8 Atex
1982
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 9 Bagehot Fellowship Program
1977
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 1-2 Books Division: General
1976-1983
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 10 Books Division: Move
1976-1982
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 3 Books Division: Photo-Arts Series
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: R17 Books Division: Photographer Contract [RESTRICTED]
1976-1982
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 4-5 Books Division: Time-Life Books II
1978-1983
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 11-12 Book-Of-The-Month Club
1978-1983
Offsite-Box: R17 Burrows, Larry: Collection [RESTRICTED]
1971-1983
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 6 Carter, Jimmy
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 7 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
1977
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 8 Child, Julia
1980
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 9 Circulation
1983
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 10 Copy Processing
1981
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 11 Copyright Law
1978
Offsite-Box: R17 Copyright Law [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 12 Corporate Manufacturing & Distribution (CM&D)
1983
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 13 Coughlan, Robert: Elizabeth & Catherine
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: R17 Coughlan, Robert: Elizabeth & Catherine [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: R17 Coyle, Joan [RESTRICTED]
1981
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 14 Darrach, Brad
1977
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 15 de Margitay, Gedeon: Editorial Resources Survey
1978
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 16 Dienstag, Eleanor
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 17-21 Discover: General
1979-1983
Offsite-Box: 2096 Folder : 22 Discover: Interim Review
1982
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 1 Disney (EPCOT)
1981
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 13 Donovan, Hedley
1973-1978
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 2 Edit: Headcounts
1983
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 3 Edit: Optional Retirement List
1976
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 4 Edit: Personnel Exchange (Between Magazines)
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 5 Edit: Task Force
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 6 Edit Services: Photo Decor
1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 7 Eisenstaedt, Alfred
1975-1982
Offsite-Box: R17 Eisenstaedt, Alfred [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 14 European Business Publishing
1982
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 8 Evaluations
1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 9 Feininger, Andreas
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: R17 Feininger, Andreas [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 10 Grunwald, Henry
1979-1983
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 15 Five-Year Plan
1980
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 16 Focus '83
1983
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 17 Ford, Gerald: Memoirs
1979
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 18-21 Fortune: General
1973-1983
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 22 Fortune: International Business Roundup
1980
Offsite-Box: 1282 Folder : 23 Fortune: International Proposal
1982
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 1-2 Fortune: Task Force
1983
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 3 Funk and Wagnalls
1978
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 4 FYI
1976-1980
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 5 Gallup Consumer Survey
1977
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 6 Goro, Fritz

Scope and Contents Note

Includes discussion regarding his photograph collection.

1976-1980
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 7 Grunwald-Cave Dinner
1977
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 8-11 Guild: Contract and Negotiations
1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 12 Halberstam, David

Scope and Contents Note

Materials regarding publication of his book The Powers That Be.

1978-1979
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 13 Hall, Lee: International Life Proposal
1981
Offsite-Box: R23 Hall, Lee: International Life Proposal [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 14-15 Home Box Office
1976-1983
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 16 Hooper, Bayard: Aging Proposal
undated
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 17 Human Resources
1980-1983
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 18 Independent Contractor Status
1982
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 19 International Center of Photography
1980-1983
Offsite-Box: R23 International Center of Photography [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 20 Kessel, Dmitri
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: R23 Kessel, Dmitri [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: R23 Kiechel, Walter [RESTRICTED UNTIL 2026]
1976-1981
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 21-24 Kissinger, Henry
1975-1983
Offsite-Box: R23 Kissinger, Henry [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: R23 Legal [RESTRICTED]
1976-1983
Offsite-Box: 1283 Folder : 25 Life: Picture Exhibit: First Decade
1978-1982
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 1-2 Life: Picture Exhibit: Grey Gallery
1978-1979
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 3 Life: Youth Issue
1977
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 4-5 Little, Brown
1970-1983
Offsite-Box: R23 Lockheed Information Systems [RESTRICTED]
1979
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 6 Ludke, Melissa
1979
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 7 Luow, Joseph: Harold Weissberg Request
1977
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 8 Magazine Committee
1981
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 11-17 Magazine Development: General

Scope and Contents Note

Includes copies of memoranda of all Magazine Development activities during this time.

1973-1983
Offsite-Box: R17 Magazine Development: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 18 Magazine Development: Camera Month
1973
Offsite-Box: 2097 Folder : 19-20 Magazine Development: European Business Weekly
1981
Offsite-Box: R17 Magazine Development: Hall, Lee [RESTRICTED]
1981
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 1-2 Magazine Development: Picture Week
1981-1986
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 3-4 Magazine Development: Quality
1982
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 5-6 Magazine Development: Together
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 7 Magazine Development: View
1973
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 8 Magazine Development: Washington Weekly
1981
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 9 Magazine Group: Research
undated
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 9 Magazine Publishers Association: Donovan Scholarship Program
1977-1982
Offsite-Box: R17 Magazine Publishers Association: Donovan Scholarship Program [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 10 Magazine Strategy Segmentation
1982
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 10 Magazines on TV
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 11 Management Inventory and Training
1982
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 12-14 Management Training
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 11 Managing Editors: Evaluations
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: R17 Managing Editor Evaluations [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 15 Managing Editors: Meetings Notes
1978
Offsite-Box: 2098 Folder : 12-13 Managing Editors: Strike Memoranda

Scope and Contents Note

Includes memoranda from the heads of editorial departments and magazines on how the Newspaper Guild strike affected operations.

1976
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 16 Manhattan Cable
1976-1981
Offsite-Box: R23 Mayer, Larry [RESTRICTED]
1976
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 17 Mili, Gjon
1977-1980
Offsite-Box: R23 Mili, Gjon [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 18-20 Money: General
1976-1983
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 21 Money: Newsletter
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 22 Mydans, Carl
1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 23 National Magazine Awards
1977-1980
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 24 Negotiating Report

Scope and Contents Note

Contains memoranda on what Time Inc. learned from the employee strike.

1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 25 Newspapers
1973
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 26 New York Graphic Society
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 27 New York University Science Writers Program
1981
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 28 Office Space
1981
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 29 Organization Effectiveness Committee
1983
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 30 Overseas Press Club
1979
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 31 Pension Plan
1982
Offsite-Box: 1284 Folder : 32-33 People
1975-1983
Offsite-Box: R23 People [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 1 Personnel: General
1979-1983
Offsite-Box: R23 Personnel: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 2 Personnel: "50"
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: R23 Personnel: Edit Apprentice Program [RESTRICTED]
1982
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 3 Personnel: Writer Apprentice Program
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R23 Personnel: Writer Apprentice Program [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: R23 Picture Agency Council [RESTRICTED]
1982
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 4-8 Picture Collection
1976-1983
Offsite-Box: R23 Picture Collection [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 9 Olympic Exhibition: Moscow
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 10-16 Retirement Committee
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 17 Reynolds, R. J.: L-Shaped Ad
1981
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 18 Rochester Jaycees
1977
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 19 Schiller, Clark: "Universe" Study
1983
Offsite-Box: 1285 Folder : 20 Sears, Roebuck: Olympics
undated
Offsite-Box: 1285-1286 Shield Law
1973-1981
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 2 Sidey, Hugh
1980
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 3 Simmons: Audience Study
1978
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 4-5 Smith, W. Eugene
1977-1983
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 6-9 Sports Illustrated
1974-1983
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 10 Staff Development
1977-1981
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 11-14 Staff Memoranda
1980-1983
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 15 Staff Replacement Requests
1976
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 16 Steed-Werner: Guild
1977
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 17 Stolley, Richard
1981
Offsite-Box: 1286 Folder : 18 Teletext
1981
Offsite-Box: 1286-1287 Time: General
1973-1983
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 5 Time: Color Program
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 6 Time: Cover Artists
1979
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 7 Time: Essays
1979
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 8 Time: Newstour: Eastern Europe and Middle East
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 9 Time vs.  Newsweek
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 10 Time-Life Films
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 11-12 Time-Life Video
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 13-17 TV-Cable Week: General
1980-1983
Offsite-Box: R23 TV-Cable Week: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 18 TV-Cable Week: Dummies
1982
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 19 TV-Cable Week: Employee Handbook
1982
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 20 Two-Year Plan
1981
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 21 United Way
1982
Offsite-Box: 1287 Folder : 22 Video Publishing
1979-1982
Offsite-Box: R23 Walker, Hank [RESTRICTED]
1978
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 1 Washington Star
1978-1981
Offsite-Box: R23 Weiner, Sandra [RESTRICTED]
1979
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 2 Weinstein, Allen: Hiss-Chambers
1976
Offsite-Box: R23 Weinstein, Allen: Hiss-Chambers [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 3 White House Dinner
1978
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 4 Wilson, Donald
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: R23 Wire Service Contracts [RESTRICTED]
1974-1978
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 5-6 Witkin Gallery

Scope and Contents Note

Contains discussion about the Margaret Bourke-White exhibit and sale of prints from the Life Picture Collection.

1976-1978
Offsite-Box: R23 Witkin Gallery [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 7-14 Women's Magazine
1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 15 A Woman's Place Film
1977
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 16 World Press Institute
1977-1980
Offsite-Box: R23 World Press Institute [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 17-18 Xerox

Scope and Contents Note

Xerox sponsored a section of articles in Time they considered to be of public interest. The series includes an article by Jonas Salk.

1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 19 Yankelovich, Dan
1976-1983
Offsite-Box: 1288 Folder : 20 Zander, Stephan: Grievance
1983

Subseries II.A.2. Books and Binders, 1973-1982. 1.25 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Books and Binders include bound books and binders that look collected by Ralph Graves, maybe for reference. The books and binders include official meeting notes, manuals, reports, staff lists, and special magazine issues bound in hardcovers with his name embossed. The majority of materials are addressed to Graves or contain his name.

Specially branded binder covers are retained. Generic binder covers have been removed and discarded.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 1 Fortune: The New Fortune: First Issue
1978 January 16
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 2 Magazine Development: Meeting
1973 May 14-15
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 3 Magazine Development: Woman: Outside Consultants
1977
Offsite-Box: 1057 Folder : 6 Newstours: Time Newstour '81
1981
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 4-5 Sports Illustrated: A Year in Sports
1977?, 1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 6 Time: Bicentennial Issue
1976
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 7 Time: The Year in Review
1977
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 8 Time Canada: Issue
1976 March 1
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 9 Time Inc: A Profile
1979
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 10 Time-Life Books: Alexandria Staff
1977
Offsite-Box: 1057 Folder : 7 Time-Life Books: Editorial Operations Manual
undated
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 11 TV-Cable (TV-Cable Week?): Financial Plans
1982
Offsite-Box: 3716 Folder : 12 TV-Cable (TV-Cable Week?): Presentation
1982 July 8

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