November 6, 2015 Last Updated 11:06 am

Time Inc. to donate archives, earliest materials from 1898, to the New-York Historical Society

“As a record of the 20th century, Time Inc.’s archive will be an invaluable resource for generations to come,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society

Time Inc. recently moved its home for the past 55 years, the Time & Life Building, to new digs downtown. As part of the move, the publisher announced today that it would donate its archives to the New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.

Time-1923-cover“As a record of the 20th century, Time Inc.’s archive will be an invaluable resource for generations to come, revealing how our city, our country, and our world changed during the period. We are enormously grateful to Time Inc. for this life-altering addition to New-York Historical’s already vast treasure trove of primarily 17th through 19th century materials. In effect, Time Inc.’s gift gives us the 20th century in a box, allowing our institution to preserve a sense of how the news was compiled and reported before the digital age,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society.

“The archive, whose earliest materials date from 1898, is a unique chronicle of the past century and the people who shaped politics, culture and society and is a major resource for journalists and historians,” said Norman Pearlstine, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer at Time Inc.

“It includes the personal papers of Time Inc.’s founders, Henry R. Luce (1898–1967) and Briton Hadden (1898–1927), as well as successive Time Inc. leaders. Luce’s papers contain correspondence with numerous national and international public figures, including Winston Churchill, Chiang Kai-shek, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others. A number of artifacts are also a part of the collection, ranging from an autographed boxing robe and gloves that belonged to Muhammad Ali, to a Jacques Azagury fantasy dress that Diana, Princess of Wales, wore to an event thrown by the Mayor of Florence in 1985. The vast archive also includes field reports from correspondents covering events as they took place around the world; photographs; original artwork; newsreels; documentaries; and subject, biographical and reference files.”

The New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is one of the oldest research libraries in the world, containing more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, and other material. The library is also one of only 16 libraries in the US qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association.

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