This post is one in a quarterly series in which the New-York Historical Society highlights the collections for which detailed finding aids were published over the prior three months. All collections receive at least a summary description in our catalog, Bobcat. But many collections have such depth or are simply so large or complex that a fuller roadmap to them is warranted. Follow this link to the full text search engine for all N-YHS finding aids.
Finding aids were published for 4 more record groups from the ongoing Time, Inc. archives processing project:
- The popular science magazine Discover was first published in 1980. Time Inc. sold Discover to Family Media, Inc. in 1987. Publisher Bruce Barnet’s files document the final review of feasibility of Discover and its sale.
- This record group contains Daniel Okrent’s files created while he was Editor of New Media and documents this department’s management of Time Inc.’s internet projects including websites for each magazine.
- The Publicity Files were compiled by public relations staff and consist of press clippings from non-Time Inc. newspapers and magazines that pertain to Time Inc. publications, activities or personnel, spanning from 1923 to 1984. The clippings’ emphasis ranges from incidental mentions of Time Inc. personnel present at an event or Time magazine’s cultural influence to entire articles or editorials on a Time Inc.-related topic. Company cofounder Henry Luce is a common topic for several decades of the collection’s span, including stories on his political opinions (e.g. advocacy for United States involvement in the Second World War, anti-communism, and the China Lobby supporting the Republic of China) and aspects of his personal life known to the press such as his religious beliefs and marriage.
- Editorial Services Records documents the activities of various departments and offices within this division that supported all editorial and publishing divisions at Time Inc. The majority of records are from several photograph syndication services at Time Inc. Also included are office files from the Editorial Production/Copy Processing department and photographs of staff events.
Finding aids were also published for two other large manuscript collections:
- The collection includes the records of the Hudson River Day Line, spanning roughly the entire 100 year history (1840s-1940s) of the company and its predecessor and related entities. The Day Line is best recalled for its passenger service, carrying people for business or pleasure up and/or down the Hudson River between New York City and Albany, with various stops along the way, but its history reaches back to the mid-19th century and its steam towing operations. The collection includes financial and transaction records, correspondence, scrapbooks, publicity material, timetables, ephemera, ship-level records of passengers landed and received, and more. Much of the documents relate to specific steamboats, including the Alida, Anna, Armenia, Austin, Cayuga, Chauncey Vibbard, Commerce, E. Corning Jr., Daniel Drew, Mary Powell, Mercury, New York, Ontario, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, and others.
- The collection includes material created or compiled by Ronald Spadafora (1954-2018) over the course of his 40 year career as a professional firefighter and officer with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), and as an author and teacher contributing to the development of the firefighting profession. Prominent in the collection are materials related to the human remains recovery projects (2001-2002, 2006-2007) conducted at Ground Zero, the site of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. In addition there is extensive material concerning FDNY firefighting policies, procedures, plans, training, investigations, incident management, and other such matters. FDNY’s deployment of officers to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is represented, as are other specific incidents in New York and elsewhere. The collection also holds material related to Spadafora’s personal life, interests, and education.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND GRAPHIC MATERIAL
- 78 gelatin silver prints by David Anderson of skyscrapers and building details in the Financial District that appeared in his book “On Wall Street: Architectural Photographs of Lower Manhattan, 1980-2000” (2012).
- Collection of photographs taken circa 1890-1899 by J.S Johnston, including original glass negatives and modern gelatin silver photographic prints. The photographs are pleasant pictorial depictions of New York City landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Union Square, and Castle Garden, as well as of Niagara Falls, Boston landmarks, the Hudson River valley, Puerto Rico, Montreal, and Quebec. There are also some images of shipping, and of Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) and his Wild West show. All negatives and photographs bear Johnston’s handwritten captions and numbers, and most are dated. Photographic prints in this collection were printed in the 1960s and 1970s from oversize vintage glass negatives that were later destroyed.
- Images of Midtown structures and construction sites, such as the AT&T Building and IBM Building, that appeared in the New-York Historical Society exhibition “Manhattan observed: fourteen photographers look at New York, 1972-1981,” which ran from July 1981 through April 1982.
- Copy negatives and modern prints of photographs taken by Richard Hoe Lawrence (1858–1936) of the slum conditions on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at the end of the 19th century. Social reformer Jacob A. Riis used a number of Lawrence’s images in his lectures on “The Other Half.” In addition to general street scenes and Coney Island outings, the collection includes views of early baseball games at the Polo Grounds, the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1888, and the celebrations marking the 1889 centennial of George Washington’s first inauguration.
- Photographs taken throughout New York State—in the Adirondacks, at Montauk, Jones Beach, and Roosevelt Field on Long Island—and in New York City, where the bulk of the collection centers on the construction and completed attractions of the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. Includes views of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and a number of images of ships at sea.
- Cigar bands and cigar box labels, most clearly marked with the brand and company of cigar, collected by Sidney P. Voice, vice-president of the Consolidated Lithographing Corporation in Brooklyn, which produced many of these items. The collection includes several salesman’s sample books for New York lithographing companies.
- Mid-20th century views of popular Manhattan tourist destinations, including Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
This post is by Larry Weimer, Head of Archival Processing, and Holly Deakyne, Time Inc. Project Archivist.