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Guide to the Time Inc. Time Editorial Records
 MS 3009-RG 7

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Holly Deakyne, Melanie Rinehart, and Samantha Brown

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 28, 2021 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Series III.C. Art Department: Cover Carbon Files, 1960-1972. 3 Linear feet in 3 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Carbon Files were created by reporters and researchers for every article that ran in a Time Inc. magazine, or in this case every cover created, comprising all the collected research, and retained by that magazine for around 14 months before being turned over to the library and archives.

Cover Carbon Files include correspondence from the Art Department to Time Editorial staff Edward Jamieson, James Keough, and Henry Grunwald,  Time Publishing staff, and  Time News Service staff. Besides longtime cover researcher and curator of the  Time cover collection Rosemary Frank, Art Department staff represented include Nancy Atkinson who may have been Frank's predecessor, and cover researcher Nancy Faber.

Research includes memoranda reporting on statements from the artists (Warhol on his Jane Fonda cover); descriptions of the medium used; color descriptions on the subjects to accompany black-and-white photographs; and correspondence with non-artists to acquire photograph props (hospital for a patient bill; police department for firearms). 1970s files have some information on gifting the cover collection to the National Portrait Gallery.


The general files are organized chronologically with one specific file at the end.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 2560 Carbon Files
Offsite-Box: 2561 Carbon Files
Offsite-Box: 2562 Folder : 1-10 Carbon Files
Offsite-Box: 2562 Folder : 11 Carbon Files: Rothschild Cover

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