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.
- Billie Jean Moffitt King is a tennis legend, holding 39 Grand Slam titles, and a champion for equality. King made advances for women’s rights to equitable pay and recognition through her advocacy and participation as one of the Original 9, on the Virginia Slims Tour, with the founding of the Women’s Tennis Association, the founding of the Women’s Sports Foundation, co-creating womenSports magazine, and co-founding of World TeamTennis, a mixed-gender professional tennis league. King is also widely known for her 1973 victory over Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. The Billie Jean King collection includes documents, scrapbooks, publications, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts generated and collected by Billie Jean King throughout her life and career as an athlete, an advocate for equality, and as a public figure.
- The Columbus Avenue and the Upper West Side Oral History Project documents the ways that Columbus Avenue (particularly from West 70th Street to West 94th Street) changed in the 50-year period beginning in the late 1960s. The collection consists of interviews with individuals such as property owners who moved to the area in the 1960s and began renovating buildings on Columbus Avenue and the adjoining side streets in the early 1970s; current and former small-business owners; long-time residential tenants; and former City Council member Ronnie Eldridge, who represented the Upper West Side from 1989 to 2001. Interviewees discuss changes in the retail landscape, housing stock, and socio-economics of the neighborhood with reinvestment in the area. All interviews were conducted by Leyla Vural, an oral historian, geographer, and long-time resident of the Upper West Side.
- This collection consists mainly of the research notes, drafts, correspondence, and illustrations from Susan E. Lyman’s unpublished book about Archibald Gracie (1755-1829) and Gracie Mansion.
- This collection consists of the research notes, correspondence, and personal papers of Helen Burr Smith (1892-1980), an authority on Colonial American silversmiths and portrait painters.
And several more record groups from the ongoing Time, Inc. archives processing project were published:
TIME, INC. ARCHIVES
- Sports Illustrated launched on August 16, 1954 as a weekly magazine with managing editor Sidney James and publisher Harry Phillips. The Editorial Records are primarily correspondence from senior editorial staff to place articles or excerpts from outside writers. There is a small amount of administrative records.
- Sports Illustrated launched on August 16, 1954 as a weekly magazine with managing editor Sidney James and publisher Harry Phillips. The Sports Illustrated (SI) Publishing and Business Records contain files from the departments in charge of permissions, advertising sales, advertising promotion, merchandising, and market research. This record group contains extensive records on the early years of SI including early memoranda from managing editor James in the merchandising files. It also contains extensive records documenting the promotion of SI, particularly to potential advertisers, through awards ceremonies, collaborative events with communities, and scripted presentations to a variety of advertisers during SI’s first year of publication. The advertising promotion files also include hundreds of taped interviews with sports figures which SI sent out as part of a tape service to radio and television stations.
- Sports Illustrated for Kids (SIFK) was developed by Sports Illustrated staff starting around 1987 and launched in January 1989. Records primarily document the development of SIFK and include prospectuses, circulation plans, marketing plans, advertising plans, story list ideas, kids survey results, and a copy of the first issue.
- The Production Department was responsible for overseeing the production of Time Inc. magazines. One aspect of this was overseeing the supply of paper products from the East Texas Pulp and Paper Company (Eastex). The collection contains the files of Production Engineering General Manager William J. Carter regarding the Production Company’s interactions with Time Inc. subsidiary the East Texas Pulp and Paper Company and reports on paper usage and print orders for Time Inc. magazines.
- Time Inc. International marketed and published Time Inc. magazines outside the United States. It set up offices in various cities around the world to work on regional versions of magazines, made deals to license the names of Time Inc. magazines to foreign publishers, and occasionally published original magazines in foreign territories. The collection consists of correspondence, reports, data on sales and expenses, projections and propositions for the future, and printed presentations. This record group includes files from earlier divisions that provided the same function such as Time Life International (TLI) and Corporate International.
- The collection is composed of a wide variety of objects collected by the Time Inc. Archives. The most common type of objects are those given to advertisers as a promotional gimmick to encourage advertisement in Time Inc. magazines, awards given to Time Inc., its magazines, or staff, and items branded with the logos of Time Inc. magazines given to Time Inc. employees as gifts or to subscribers as promotions.
- Atlantic Recording Corporation and Elektra Entertainment are music record labels owned by Warner Communications at the time of its merger with Time Inc. The labels were then managed under the Time Warner Entertainment division. The collection contains print-outs of sales data for artists signed with both labels.
- Time Inc. Travel Services arranged business travel for Time Inc. employees. The collection consists of the files of Tom McDermott, Travel Services Director in 1995.
- Time Inc. Company Services was founded in the late 1940s to carry out functions not directly related to the production of Time Inc. magazines or other products. The collection consists of flight logs of an aircraft owned by Time Inc. and invoices for purchase of various items of office furniture and equipment.
- Selling Areas-Marketing, Inc. (SAMI) was a company owned by Time Inc. that produced reports on the sale of consumer goods and offered them for sale by subscription. The collection consists of examples of these reports and correspondence.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND GRAPHIC MATERIALS
- Organizational records, subject files, photographs, stereoviews, postcards, books, pamphlets, periodicals, and maps documenting the activities of the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, Inc., a group formed in 1912 (as the Gramercy Park Association) to stop the extension of Lexington Avenue through Gramercy Park, a private greenspace laid out in 1831. That battle won, the association subsequently engaged in a variety of community service and preservation projects, such as sponsoring the annual Gramercy Park Flower Show (1947–1994), and replacing the neighborhood’s modern street lampposts with historic reproductions.
- The collection includes over 3200 color photographs, primarily in digital form, taken by photographer Stephen Harmon (1943-) of New York City’s buildings from brownstones to skyscrapers, storefronts, parks, people, and street life in the 1970s-2017. Especially well-represented in the collection are images of Times Square of the 1970s, Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich Village, the New York subway transit system and the passengers who ride the city’s trains, and the city’s street life from quiet side streets to traffic and pedestrian congested avenues. Additional images will continue to be added to the collection.
- The collection includes 82 black and white photographs by photojournalist Fons Iannelli (1917-1988). Most of these photographs (41) are of women in labor, holding newborn children, and what appear to be related photographs of couples at work, at home, and shopping in the period leading up to the childbirths. The other photographs are of the Rutland Dress Company, people window shopping, Lincoln Center lobby, a street near Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan, and various other views.
This post is by Larry Weimer, Head of Archival Processing, and Holly Deakyne, Time Inc. Project Archivist.