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Guide to the Time Inc. Life Editorial Records
1937-2013
 MS 3009-RG 9

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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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 II.A. Managing Editor Ralph Graves Files, 1968-1973. 5 Linear feet in 5 record cartons

Biographical Note

Ralph Graves was a long-time reporter then Senior Staff Editor for Life before being appointed its managing editor in 1969. As Time Inc. suspended publication of  Life in 1972, he was the last managing editor of the original  Life. After the closure of  Life, Graves held editorial positions at the corporate level. 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

Scope and Contents Note

Records includes correspondence and subject files from Ralph Graves during his tenure as Managing Editor of Life spanning from 1968 to 1973 documenting editorial content and story selection, background information on articles, and the publication process. Some files are from his prior position as Senior Staff Editor.

The general correspondence contains primarily letters from readers including article suggestions and letters from children as school assignments; invitations; and some correspondence with other Time Inc. departments. Items of interest include an invitation from Roy Disney to attend the opening of Walt Disney World (1971); an advice request from an editor at Screw magazine (1971); and letters from Ray Bradbury offering poems on space exploration for publication (1970). The poems are no longer present and may have been moved to his Bio File in RG 2.

It is unclear if the empty folders ever contained records, and if they were created by Grave's office or by the Time Inc. Archives.

Arrangement Note

Organized by year based on the original arrangement, and alphabetically within each year for ease of use. Undated empty folders were dated based on the folders originally surrounding them.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: - 1968 Files
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 1 Tito [empty]
1968
Offsite-Box: - 1969 Files
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 2 Advertisers by P.I.B. Classifications
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 3 Advertising Staff [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 4 Alexander, Shana [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 5 Astronauts

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the script for motion picture Apollo! (Man & Space), and treatments and budgets for  Life television specials.

1969
Offsite-Box: R38 Astronauts [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 6 Beard, Peter
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 7 Brennan, Hank
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 8 Budget
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 9-11 Correspondence: General
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Staff
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 13 Donovan, Hedley [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 14 Dowd, Jack
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 15 Dubos, Rene [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 16 Editorial Services [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 17 Expo 70: Edit Staff Accomodations
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 18 General Learning Corporation
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 19 Graves, Ralph [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 20 Griffith, Tom [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 21 Hardy, Jerry [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 22-23 Harris, Louis
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 24 Investigative Reporting
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 25 Kirkland, Sally [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 26 Kunhardt, Phil
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 27 Life Letters Log
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 28-30 Life Letters Reports

Scope and Contents Note

Includes summaries of reader letters and lists of known errors.

1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 31 Life and R. R. Donnelley Joint Committee

Scope and Contents Note

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company is a printer.

1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 32 Life International [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 33 Luce, Henry: The Ideas of Henry Luce
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 34 Mailer, Norman
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 35 Masthead
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 36 Moon Book
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 37 Newspaper Guild
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 38 Nuclear Power Story [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 39 Office Space
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 40 Photographers
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 41 Production
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 42 Project Olympia
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 43 Promotion
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 44 Regional Edit, Reviews [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 45 Santa Barbara Oil Story [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 46 Schedule of Issue
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 47 Steed, Robert [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 48 Staff Memoranda
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 49 Text Department
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 50 Time-Life Books [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 51 Topic
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 52 Trim Size [empty]
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 53 Whittemore, L. H.
1969
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 54 Year-End Issue
1969
Offsite-Box: - 1970 Files
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 55 Alcoa [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 56 Ardrey, Robert
1970
Offsite-Box: 2201 Folder : 57 Astronauts
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 1 Budget
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 2 Contract Writers
1969-1970
Offsite-Box: R38 Contract Writers [RESTRICTED]
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 3-10 Correspondence: General
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Staff
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 12 December 3 Dinner

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence and planning for a dinner meeting with the editorial, reporting, and photography departments to discuss future stories.

1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 13 Donovan, Hedley
1970
Offsite-Box: R38 Dragadze, Peter [RESTRICTED]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 14 Edit Planning [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 15 EVR [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 16 Farmer, Gene
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 17 Gary, Romain
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 18 Griffith, Tom [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 19 Hycon
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 20 Investigative Reporting [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 21 Kantor, MacKinlay
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 22 Kunhardt, Phil: My Father's House
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 23 Leakey, Richard
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 24 Leaves of Absence
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 25-27 Life Letters Reports
1970
Offsite-Box: 2202 Folder : 28 Life International
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 1 Mackland, Ray
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 2 Mock-ups
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 3 Newspaper Guild
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 4 Parting Shots [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 5 Photographers
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 6 Private Lives Articles
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 7 Production: Cost Schedules
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 8 Report: College Student Attitudes
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 9 Report: Youth Attitudes
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 10 Rockefeller Cousins Article
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 11-13 Sesame Street/Children's Television Workshop

Scope and Contents Note

Contains records regarding Life planning to run educational content such as "puzzles, games, letters, activities." Materials include the proposal creating the Children's Television Workshop and the proposal to continue  Sesame Street for a second year.

1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 14 Special Sections [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: R38 Staff Book Agreements [RESTRICTED]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 15 Staff Memoranda
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 16 Subpoena [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 17 Supplements
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 18 Themes
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 19 Time-Life Books
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 20 Valk, Gary
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 21 Veterans Administration
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 22 Vietnam Revisited [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 23 Year-End Issue
1970
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 24 Year-End and Double Issues [empty]
1970
Offsite-Box: - 1971 Files
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 25 Advertising Lunches and Meetings
1971
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 26 Armstrong-Jones, Anthony
1971
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 27 Betty Grissom Article
1971
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 28 Budget
1971
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 29 Circulation
1971
Offsite-Box: 2203 Folder : 30-36 Correspondence: General
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Staff
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 2 Donovan, Hedley
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 3 Howard Hughes Article
1971
Offsite-Box: R38 Legal Correspondence [RESTRICTED]
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 4-6 Life Letters Reports
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 7 Look Magazine
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 8 Mailer, Norman: Lunch
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 9 Masthead (Donovan File)
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 10 Mock-ups
1971
Offsite-Box: R38 Mok, Mike [RESTRICTED]
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 11 National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association Conference
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 12 Parting Shots
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 13 Personnel: Headhunt
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 14 Photo Contest
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 15 Plimpton, George
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 16 Production
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 17 Professional Photographers of American Convention
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 18 Public Access Television Report
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 19 Snow, Edgar
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 20 Staff Memoranda
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 21 Supplements
1971
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 22-23 Syndication
1971
Offsite-Box: - 1972 Files
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 24 Audience
1972
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 25 Budget
1972
Offsite-Box: 2204 Folder : 26-28 Correspondence: General
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence: General

Scope and Contents Note

Folder 4 of 6 includes a letter from Jim Gaines, later Life Managing Editor, prior to his employment with Time Inc. and correspondence regarding the Guy Richards project.

1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 4-5 Correspondence: Record of Correspondence to Graves
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Staff
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 7 Headcount
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 8 Hesburgh, Theodore: "America's Unfinished Human Agenda"
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 9 Mailer, Norman
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 10 Maness, Dave
1972
Offsite-Box: R38 Maness, Dave [RESTRICTED]
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 11 Mock-ups
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 12 Myerson, Bess
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 13-14 Newspaper Guild

Scope and Contents Note

Includes meeting minutes.

1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 15 Olympics
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 16 Personnel: Benefits
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 17 Personnel: Life Edit
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 18 Production
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 19-20 Richards, Guy: Project
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 21 Romanoff, A.N.: Threatened Lawsuit
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 22 Simon, Norton
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 23 Staff Memoranda
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 24 Story Inventory and Disposal
1972
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 25 Torres, Jose
1972
Offsite-Box: R38 Valk, Garry [RESTRICTED]
1972
Offsite-Box: - 1973 Files
Offsite-Box: 2205 Folder : 26 Budget
1973

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