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Guide to the Time Inc. Life Editorial Records
1937-2013
 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

Scope and Contents Note

The Life Editorial Records include files from offices and staff that produced both the original version of  Life and the revived monthly version. The Managing Editors (ME) begin with the last ME of the original  Life. Other staff included are one Executive Editor; two Senior Editors, one from the original  Life and one from the revived version; two staff photographers, with Alfred Eisenstaedt being one of the original hires at the launch of the magazine; and one staff writer. Records include business correspondence, interoffice memoranda, letters from readers, drafts of articles, audiovisual interviews and oral histories, article proposals, and magazine and corporate policies.

Arrangement Note

Organized into ten series:

Series I. General Files

Series II. Managing Editor Files

Series III. Executive Editor Eleanor Graves Files

Series IV. Senior Editor Files

Series V. Staff Writer Dora Jane Hamblin Research Interviews for That Was the Life

Series VI. Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt Files

Series VII. Letters Department Reports

Series VIII. Consent Releases

Series IX. John Loengard Interview Project Videotapes

Series X. Book Copy Files: LIFE: The Greatest Adventures of All Time