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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 II.B. Managing Editor Philip Kunhardt Files, 1968-1982. 2.33 Linear feet in 3 record cartons

Biographical Note

According to his biography released by Corporate Public Affairs, Philip Kunhardt joined Life as a reporter in 1950 and rose to Assistant Managing Editor in 1962. After the closure of  Life in 1972, Kunhardt worked in Magazine Development designing new potential publications such as  Camera Month,  Woman, and  People. He also was editor for the  Life Special Reports. Kunhardt was named  Life Managing Editor when it was revived as a monthly in 1978. He retired from Time Inc. in 1982 and later founded Kunhardt Productions.


Fox, Margalit. "Philip B. Kunhardt Jr., 78, Writer and Producer of Documentaries, Is Dead." New York Times, March 24, 2006.

Scope and Contents Note

Records includes correspondence and subject files from Philip Kunhardt during his tenure as Assistant Managing Editor and Managing Editor.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three subseries:

II.B.1. Correspondence

II.B.2. Subject Files

II.B.3. Assistant Managing Editor Files

Subseries II.B.1. Correspondence, 1980-1982. 1.5 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence includes invitations to speak or attend professional events; letters from readers, writers, and photographers; article proposals; photograph offers; and requests for copies of photographs.

Arrangement Note

Organized alphabetically by the last name of the correspondent.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 2206 Correspondence: A-S
Offsite-Box: 2207 Folder : 1-5 Correspondence: T-Z

Subseries II.B.2. Subject Files, 1978-1982. 0.5 Linear feet in 6 folders

Scope and Contents Note

The Subject Files are dominated by records on the published interview of convict Bernard Welch, the resulting controvery over payment to him for photographs, and the complaint filed by the National News Council against Life.

Arrangement Note

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 2207 Folder : 6 Assignment Letters
Offsite-Box: 2207 Folder : 7-10 Halberstam/Welch Article
Offsite-Box: 2207 Folder : 11 National News Council: In the Public Interest

Subseries II.B.3. Assistant Managing Editor Files, 1968-1972. 0.33 Linear feet in 1 record carton


Files are arranged by correspondence then subject files in alphabetical order. Arrangement was imposed by the archivist.

Scope and Contents

Records includes correspondence and subject files from Kunhardt during the later years of his tenure as Assistant Managing Editor of Life before publication suspended.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3818 Folder : 1-3 Correspondence
Offsite-Box: 3818 Folder : 4 Subject Files: Changing Life
Offsite-Box: 3818 Folder : 5 Subject Files: Contract Photographers
Offsite-Box: 3818 Folder : 6 Subject Files: Rotter, Pat
Offsite-Box: 3818 Folder : 7 Subject Files: Story Suggestions
Offsite-Box: 3818 Folder : 8 Subject Files: Trips
Offsite-Box: 3818 Folder : 9-11 Subject Files: Year End Issues

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