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Guide to the Time Inc. Fortune Editorial Records
 MS 3009-RG 8

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Samantha Brown and Holly Deakyne

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 23, 2021
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Series I.A. Managing Editor Louis Banks Correspondence, 1968-1970. 0.25 Linear feet in 4 folders

Biographical / Historical

Louis Banks started at Time Inc. in 1945 as a news correspondent in Los Angeles. He served as managing editor of Fortune from 1965 to 1970 with a brief leave of absence in 1969 for a fellowship at Harvard University. He returned to Time Inc. in 1970 as a corporate editorial director. By 1974, he was on the board of Time Inc. and held this position through 1987.


"Louis Banks, 77, Dies; An Editor for Time Inc." The New York Times. November 11, 1993. Accessed August 1, 2019.

Personnel and Organization: Department Head Lists. Time Inc. Reference Files (MS 3009-RG 3), The New-York Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

Managing Editor Louis Bank's correspondence files contain correspondence that Banks sent and received during his time as Fortune managing editor. Records primarily include exchanges with heads of companies regarding events attended, follow up to visits or interviews, article ideas, and sometimes include speech transcripts and copies of articles to read. One item of interest is a 1968 letter from the Museum of Modern Art thanking him for the Time Inc. gift of over 1000 photographs from the  Fortune and  Architectural Forum files to the Department of Architecture and Design.


Organized chronologically based on the original order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3301 Folder : 1-2 Corrrespondence
Offsite-Box: 3301 Folder : 3 Correspondence
Offsite-Box: 3301 Folder : 4 Correspondence

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