In 2015, the New-York Historical Society was given the reference archive of Time, Inc. The storied publishing empire was leaving its noted midtown headquarters and moving to a small set of spaces in lower Manhattan. There was no room for the archive. Running to more than 8,000 linear feet, this enormous archive was formally begun in the early 1940s to provide documentation on the people and work of the organization, and the archive was to serve as the basis for some future history of the company and the people who worked there.
To mark this extraordinary gift, New-York Historical has created a special gallery devoted to Time Inc. as seen through the lens of its archive. This is the first in an ongoing series of exhibits that highlight aspects of what was the single most important news publishing organization in the 20th century and features key pieces of the Time portfolio.
Display of items from the Time Inc. Archive made possible through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.