Cataloging of Time Inc. Archives Will Take 5 Years

New York Historical Society gets the gift of "the 20th century in a box."

Here’s how it’s going to flow. From Time Inc.’s soon-to-be fully vacated Time and Life building headquarters, the company’s archives are being shipped to a warehouse in Putnam County, N.Y. From there, the materials will gradually be redirected, box by box, to the New York Historical Society on Central Park West. To be sorted through, cataloged and selectively exhibited.

It’s a donation process that will take five years and is being funded by a $2 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. From a recent New York Times report;

No mere array of file folders — though an array of file folders one and a half miles long would certainly be worth noting — the archive includes a 1937 Oscar; a globe of the Earth, wrapped in 1988 by Christo himself; a receipt for a three-month gift subscription to Time for the 15-year-old John F. Kennedy; and Life’s carbon copy of an ad hoc contract signed Nov. 23, 1963, by Abraham Zapruder granting the magazine, for $50,000, exclusive worldwide print rights “to my original 8 mm color film which shows the shooting of President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.”

Time Inc. archivist Bill Hooper will help supervise the work, dividing his time between the Historical Society and his company’s new offices.
 
[March 3, 1923 cover of Time magazine via time.com]