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Guide to the Time Inc. Life Editorial Records
 MS 3009-RG 9

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Holly Deakyne, Samantha Brown, Melanie Rinehart

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 11, 2021
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Series X. Book Copy Files: LIFE: The Greatest Adventures of All Time, circa 2000. 3 Linear feet in 3 record cartons

Biographical / Historical

According to the Time Inc. archivist, Life began publishing more books showcasing the photograph collection around the time the monthly magazine closed in 2000. Robert Sullivan was named a senior editor at  Life in 1994 and later became the assistant managing editor of the monthly  Life. A 2004 staff memo in his bio file (MS 3009-RG 2) states that Sullivan was running the editorial side of books published under the  Life imprint.


Hooper, Bill. Email to Holly Deakyne, 24 September 2019.

Scope and Contents

These copy files are from the book LIFE: The Greatest Adventures of All Time published by  Life in 2001. The copy files include emails and notes from editor Robert Sullivan, writer and researcher Catherine Buni, and fact checkers Anne Hollister, Lela Nargi, and Deirdre van Dyk. The records include research, galleys, photocopies of images to be used, possibly new interviews with water explorers Robert Ballard and Sylvia Earle conducted by K. Wroth, and a small amount of correspondence from water explorer Thor Heyerdahl.


Organized into book front matter and maps followed by chapters/explorers. The explorers are organized by terrain of exploration then alphabetically by name. A published copy of the book was not available so the files could not be arranged by chapter of the book.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3410 Front Matter and Maps
circa 2000
Offsite-Box: 3410 Chapters/Explorers: Air
circa 2000
Offsite-Box: 3411 Chapters/Explorers: Air-Land
circa 2000
Offsite-Box: 3412 Chapters/Explorers: Land-Water
circa 2000

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