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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.E. Editorial Director Richard B. Stolley Files, 1981-1993. 8.75 Linear feet in 9 record cartons

Biographical Note

Richard B. Stolley was the first managing editor of People when it was founded in 1974. In 1981, Stolley took part in a rotating corporate editorial position while remaining his regular role as  People Managing Editor.

In 1982 Stolley became the managing editor of Life. By the summer of 1985, Stolley was working both as the  Life Managing Editor and the managing editor of Magazine Development. By December 1985, he is also the managing editor of a new magazine in development called  Picture Week. In his correspondence, Stolley describes  Picture Week as a weekly black and white news and human interest picture magazine. Development stops by November 1986.

During the fall of 1987, Stolley became the Director of Special Projects, a corporate position. In 1989, Stolley was promoted to the position of Editorial Director. While working as Editorial Director, he served on the Corporate Contributions Committee. Stolley remained the Editorial Director until his retirement in 1993 when Henry Muller moved into this role.

After his retirement, Stolley took a position with Time Inc. as a senior editorial adviser and was still in this position as of 2017. Additionally, Stolley worked as an executive producer on the television program "Extra" from 1995 to 1996 and was named to the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors in 1996.

Citations: Fabrikant, Geraldine. "Time Pulls the Plug on Picture Week." New York Times, November 7, 1986. http://www.nytimes.com/1986/11/07/business/time-pulls-the-plug-on-picture-week.html (accessed November 11, 2017).

Scope and Contents Note

The Richard B. Stolley Files contain his correspondence and subject files while he was the managing editor for several publications and in the corporate editorial positions of Director of Special Projects and Editorial Director.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three subseries:

Subseries II.E.1. Correspondence and Memoranda

Subseries II.E.2. Subject Files: Prior to Editorial Director

Subseries II.E.3. Subject Files: Editorial Director

Subseries II.E.1. Correspondence and Memoranda, 1981-1993. 4.75 Linear feet in 5 record cartons

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence and Memoranda begin during Stolley's first corporate editorial stint in 1981 and span throughout several editorial positions at Time Inc. until his official retirement in 1993.The correspondence and memoranda discuss story and magazine pitches, story and magazine evaluations, comparisons of magazines, comments on television appearances, book outlines, meetings negotiations, personnel issues, the status of projects, and joint projects with outside organizations.

Arrangement Note

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 1-3 1981: Correspondence: General
1981
Offsite-Box: R13 1981: Correspondence: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 4-5 1981: To People Magazine From 34th Floor

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence Stolley sent while on corporate editorial assignment.

1981
Offsite-Box: R13 1981: To People Magazine From 34th Floor [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 6 1981-1983: Memoranda: General
1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 7 1981-1982: Memoranda: To All Staff
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 8-9 1982: Correspondence: General
1982
Offsite-Box: R13 1982: Correspondence: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 10-11 1982: Memoranda from Stolley
1982
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 12 1983: Memoranda from Stolley
1983
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 13 1983: Memoranda from Ralph Graves: Life
1983
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 14 1983: Memoranda from Ralph Graves: TV Cable Week
1983
Offsite-Box: R13 1983: Memoranda from Ralph Graves: TV Cable Week [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 15 1984: Correspondence: General
1984
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 16 1984: Memoranda: Life
1984
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 17-18 1985: Correspondence: General
1985
Offsite-Box: R13 1985: Correspondence: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 19 1986: Memoranda from Stolley
1986
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 20 1985-1986: Correspondence: Life
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: R13 1985-1986: Correspondence: Life [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 21-22 1986: Correspondence: General
1986
Offsite-Box: R13 1986: Correspondence: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1343 Folder : 23 1986: Memoranda: Picture Week
1986
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 1-2 1987: Correspondence: General
1987
Offsite-Box: R13 1987: Correspondence: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 3 1987: Memoranda: Special Projects
1987
Offsite-Box: R13 1987: Memoranda: Special Projects [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 4 1987: Memoranda: Special Projects: Gerald Levin
1987
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 5-6 1988: Correspondence: General
1988
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 7-8 1988: Correspondence: Special Projects
1988
Offsite-Box: R13 1988: Correspondence: Special Projects [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 9 1988: Memoranda: General
1988
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 10-11 1988: Memoranda: Books
1988
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 12 1988: Memoranda: Special Projects
1988
Offsite-Box: R13 1988: Memoranda: Special Projects [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 13 1988: Memoranda: Special Projects: Gerald Levin
1988
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 14-17 1989: Correspondence: General
1989
Offsite-Box: R13 1989: Correspondence: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 18 1989: Correspondence: Special Projects
1989
Offsite-Box: 1344 Folder : 19 1989: Memoranda: General
1989
Offsite-Box: 1345 Folder : 1 1989: Memoranda: Special Projects
1989
Offsite-Box: 1345 Folder : 2-3 1990: Correspondence: General
1990
Offsite-Box: R13 1990: Correspondence: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1345 Folder : 4 1990: Memoranda: General
1990
Offsite-Box: R13 1990: Memoranda: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1345 Folder : 5-10 1990: Chron File
1990
Offsite-Box: R13 1990: Chron File [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1345 Folder : 11-12 1991: Correspondence: General
1991
Offsite-Box: R13 1991: Correspondence: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1345 Folder : 13 1991: Memoranda: General
1991
Offsite-Box: 1345-1346 1991: Chron File
1991
Offsite-Box: R13 1991: Chron File [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 2-4 1992: Correspondence: General
1992
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 5 1992-1993: Memoranda: General
1992-1993

Subseries II.E.2. Subject Files: Prior to Editorial Director, 1981-1988. 1 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents Note

These include the small amount of folders that were not correspondence or editorial director subject files contained within Stolley's records in the Time Inc. Archives. The files span from his first corporate editorial stint in 1981 through several editorial positions.

Records include correspondence regarding book deals, photography locations and rights, protest letters regarding an image of Debra Winger in Life, speeches, and news clippings. Items of interest include Leigh Weiner's photographs of John F. Kennedy speaking to and interacting with a group, possibly at Milwaukee High School during his campaign.

Arrangement Note

Organized chronologically by titled held with "Speeches" and "Newsquest" in the approximate chronological place.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 6 People Managing Editor: Carter, Rosalynn
1981
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 7 Life Managing Editor: Alexander, Shana
1982
Offsite-Box: R12 Life Managing Editor: Alexander, Shana [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: R12 Life Managing Editor: Crawford, Clare [RESTRICTED]
1982
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 8 Life Managing Editor: Wiener, Leigh
1982-1984
Offsite-Box: R12 Life Managing Editor: Wiener, Leigh [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 9 Life Managing Editor: Debra Winger Letters
1984
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 10 Speeches
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 11 Picture Week Managing Editor: Legal
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: R12 Picture Week Managing Editor: Legal [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 12 Picture Week Managing Editor: Media Coverage Second Test
1986
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 13-19 Picture Week Managing Editor: Reader Comments
1986
Offsite-Box: 1346 Folder : 20 Newsquest

Scope and Contents Note

4 computer discs (floppy disk) : 5 1/4 in.

1988

Subseries II.E.3. Subject Files, 1988-1993, undated. 3 Linear feet in 4 record cartons

Scope and Contents Note

This series focuses primarily on Stolley's work as Editorial Director with a few records from his time as Director of Special Projects. Materials include evaluations of literary manuscripts, style guides, book proposals, lists of confidential stories, pitches for new magazine, lists of recipients of Time Inc. donations, handwritten notes related to guest lectures, newspaper and magazine clippings, conference and meeting schedules and agendas, speech transcripts, budget reports, lists of Time Inc. magazine staff members, and correspondence .The correspondence discusses editorial decisions, article topics, advertising campaigns, corporate initiatives related to donations and support for political issues, new projects, story rights, book proposals, personnel issues, conference participation, and the inclusion of new sections in already existing magazines.

Items of interest include Time Inc.'s attempts to have Nelson Mandela publish his memoirs with them, and a proposal from DC Comics for a collaboration on a comic about Mandela's life.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 12 ABC
1989
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 13 Advertisements
1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 14 Advertorials: General
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 15 Advertorials: Super Bowl
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 16 American Album
1991
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 17 American Magazine Conference (Bermuda)
1992
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 18-20 American Society of Magazine Editors [ASME]
1988-1992
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 21 America's Awards (Norman Vincent Peale)
1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 22 Animals Magazine: Holden/Donovan
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 23 Archives
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 24 Awards
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 25 Baldridge Award
1990
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 26 Barr, Don
1991
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 27-30 Books
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: R12 Books [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 31 Budgets: Editorial
1991
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 32 Bugs Bunny Magazine
1990
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 33 California: Managing Editors West Coast Trip
1990
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 34 Callahan, Sean: Life TV Show
1990
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 35 Capa, Cornell
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: R12 Capa, Cornell [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 36 Carpenter, Candice: Time-Life Video
1992
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 37 Circulation
1989
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 38 Civil Rights
1988
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 39 Civil Rights Panel
1991
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 40 Comics and Time
1990-1991
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 41 Compensation Procedures
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: R12 Contracts/Consultants [RESTRICTED]
1988-1989
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 42 Conventions: Political
1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 778 Folder : 43 Corporate Contributions Committee: Mel Cathcart
1989-1993
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 1 Costiglio, Peter
1991-1992
Offsite-Box: R12 Cover Payment [RESTRICTED]
1990
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 2 Custom Publishing
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 3 Czapnik, Sheldon
1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 4 Daniels, Judy
1991
Offsite-Box: R12 Demaret, Kent [RESTRICTED]
1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 5 Der Spiegel: Klien-Albenhausen
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 6 Donovan, Hedley: Funeral
1990
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 7 Doust, Dudley
1992
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 8 Drug Panel
1990
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 9 Earhart Mystery: Brad Darrach
1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 10 Earth Day and Environment
1990
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 11 Edit Cost-Cutting Plan
1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 12 Edit Forecasts
1989
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 13 Edit Operations
1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 14 Edit Services and Library
1990-1992
Offsite-Box: R12 Edit Services and Library [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: R12 Editspeak [RESTRICTED]
1989
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 15 Education First
1992
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 16 Eisenstaedt, Alfred
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 17-19 Entertainment Weekly
1989-1993
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 20 Escobar, Pablo
1992-1993
Offsite-Box: R12 Escobar, Pablo [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 21 Family Matters Fund and Parenting
1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 22 Film and Television Rights: Time Inc. Magazines
1990-1993
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 23 Fortune
1989-1993
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 24 Fortune, CBS, and Joe Quinlan
1989
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 25 Fortune Report: Bill Wilson
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 26 Freelancers
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: R12 Freelancers [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 27 FYI
1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 28 Goals: 34th Floor
1989
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 29 Griffith, Tom: Luce Book
1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 30 Haskins, Russell
undated
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 31 Health
1990-1993
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 32 Hill, Anita
1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 33 Home Box Office (HBO)
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 34 Hunt, George: Memorial
1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 35 Infant Mortality
1989
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 36 Interns
1989-1991
Offsite-Box: 1347 Folder : 37-39 Invitations and Benefit Events
1989-1993
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 1 Kunhardt, Phil: Projects
1992
Offsite-Box: R12 Kunhardt, Phil: Projects [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 2 Labor Relations
1990
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 3 Landreth, Ted: The Time is Now Series
1989-1990
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 4 Lang, Caroline
1992
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 5 Legal
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: R12 Legal [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 6-8 Life: General
1989-1993
Offsite-Box: R12 Life: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 9 Life: Proposal for New Monthly
1992
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 10 Life: Special Issues: Century Project
1990
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 11 Life: Weekly
1988-1991
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 12 Lorimar Television
1989-1991
Offsite-Box: R12 Lorimar Television [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 13-18 Lunches and Meetings
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 19-22 Magazine Proposals
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 23 Magazine Publishers Association (MPA): General
1992
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 25 "Magazines: Stories That Made a Difference": Lyford Cay Speech
1989
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 26 Managing Editor Memoranda
1992
Offsite-Box: 1348 Folder : 27 Mandela, Nelson
1990
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 1 Martha Stewart Living
1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 2 Maxwell, Nick
1986-1991
Offsite-Box: R12 Maxwell, Nick [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 3 Mazda and Meaning of Life Project
1991
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 4 McCalls
1988
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 5 Minority Journalism
1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 6 MM&D Award of Excellence
1989
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 7 Money
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: R12 Money [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 8 Moore, Thomas
1990
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 9a Morrison, Don
1989
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 9b MTV "Magalog"
1991
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 10 New York News Channel: Paul Sagan
1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 11 Olympics 1992
1990
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 12 Olympics: Special Issues
1990
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 13 Orlando Trip
1990
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 14 Overseas Press Club
1989-1991
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 15 Papanek, John: New Media
1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 16 Parenting
1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 17-23 People
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 24 Personnel: Czapnik, Sheldon
1990-1991
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 25 Photo Syndication
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 26 Photography
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: R12 Photography [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 27 Points of Light Project: Munro, J. Richard
1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 28 Pressnet
1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 29 Quality
1991
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 30 Rails to Trail: Angle, Chip
1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 31 Salzman, David: Millennium
1991-1993
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 32-33 Schwarzkopf, General Normal
1991
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 34 Shultz, George: Television Show
1989
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 35 Smith, Liz
1991
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 36a Smithsonian: Luce Hall
1989
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 36b Society of Publication Designers
1991-1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 37 Songs of My People Project
1990-1991
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 38 Special Olympics
1992
Offsite-Box: 1349 Folder : 39 Sports Illustrated
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 1-2 Stanford Publishing Course
1990-1991
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 3 Steinbauer, Mary
1992
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 4 Story Suggestions
1988
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 5 Sunset
1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 6 Teacher Project
1990
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 7 Television: Quinlan/Westin
1990-1992
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 8 Television Business Channel: Time Warner
1991
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 9-10 Time: General
1986-1993
Offsite-Box: R12 Time: General [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: R12 Time: Contracts [RESTRICTED]
1989
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 11-12 Time Publishing Ventures: New Magazine Ideas
1992-1993
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 13 Time Warner Correspondence
1989-1991
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 14-15 Time Warner Executive Forum
1992
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 16 Toyota
1992
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 17 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
1990
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 18 VU-Text
1989
Offsite-Box: R12 Wheelwright, Jeff [RESTRICTED]
1989-1992
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 19 Whittle Communications
1989-1991
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 20 Wilson, Don
1990-1991
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 21 Wilson, William
1990
Offsite-Box: 1350 Folder : 22-23 Woman's Digest: Williams, Margaret
1988-1990
Offsite-Box: R12 Woman's Digest: Margaret Williams [RESTRICTED]

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