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Time Inc. Video Group Records

Call Number

MS 3009-RG 41


1934-1989, inclusive


Time, inc.


112.55 Linear feet in 112 records cartons and 3 flat boxes

Language of Materials

The documents in the collection are in English.


The Video Group Records contain materials documenting Time Inc.'s work in the cable, film, and television industries. The Video Group oversaw the departments and subsidiaries that worked directly in these industries. Included in this record group are materials created by the staff of Time-Life Films, Time-Life Video, Time-Life Broadcast/Time-Life Broadcast Inc., Time-Life Cable, Home Box Office (HBO), and Manhattan Cable Television (MCTV).


This record group is arranged into eleven series:

Series I. Group Vice President of Television and Films J. Richard Munro: Computer Television Files
Series II. Video Group Vice President Files
Series III. President of Video Development Peter Gross
Series IV. Managing Director of New Business Development Susan Ferris
Series V. Publishing and Legal Counsel E. Gabriel Perle Files
Series VI. HBO Records
Series VII. Time-Life Films Records
Series VIII. Time-Life Video Records
Series IX. Time-Life Broadcast/Time-Life Broadcast Inc. Records
Series X. American Television and Communication Corporations: Three Rivers Cablevision Proposal to the City of Pittsburgh
Series XI. Community Antenna Television/Sterling Communications Inc. Files.

Scope and Contents

The Video Group Records contain materials documenting Time Inc.'s work in the cable, film, and television industries. The Video Group oversaw the work of the departments and subsidiaries that worked directly in these industries. While each department overseen by the Video Group had separate staff and functions, much of their work overlapped, and employees moved between each department regularly. The materials within this record group mainly document the financial relationships and production efforts of each department. Additionally, the Morrie Roizman Files contain scripts and audio reels from the attempted relaunch of March of Time.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to qualified researchers with the exception of restricted materials. Restricted materials may include contracts and correspondence with personally identifying information. Restricted boxes include R29 through R37 and R57 through R63. Unreformatted audiovisual and digital material in the collection is not accessible. Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. Although the N-YHS owns this collection as physical property, the donor specifically retains all copyright and all other proprietary rights which may exist. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Time Inc. Video Group Records, MS 3009-RG 41, New-York Historical Society.

Location of Materials

Materials in this collection are stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Time Inc. 2015.

Related Materials

This finding aid relates to just one record group of the Time Inc. Records. For information about the other record groups and for overall information about the archives, please see the Guide to the Time Inc. Records (MS 3009). The Henry Luce Papers (MS 3014) were acquired with the Time Inc. Records. The collection of books acquired with the records are cataloged as the Time Inc. Reference Library. Additional records about the Video Group and information regarding its history can be found in the Time Inc. Subject Files (MS 3009-RG 1). The Time Inc. Book Group Records (MS 3009-RG 28) may also have materials related to work done by members of the video group since the two groups coordinated on special projects.

Collection processed by

Samantha Brown and Aleksandr Gelfand

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:50:53 -0400.
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Language: Description is in English

Processing Note

The Time Inc. Video Group Records were processed by Samantha Brown and Aleksandr Gelfand. Gelfand processed, described, and inventoried the Community Antenna Television/Sterling Communications Inc. Files in 2018. The rest of the materials were processed, described, and inventoried by Brown in 2018 and 2019. When present and in fair condition, the original folders were retained. Documents were transferred to archival containers in cases of overcrowding, if original folders were in bad shape, if unable to fit in original file sized folder or when in binders. Branded binders were separated from the binder contents for housing purposes; generic binders were not retained. Files retained their original titles, but files with illegible writing or unclear titles were either assigned new titles or had information added to them to clarify the contents. Series were created based on the original arrangement of the materials. If no order was present, such as with the Mel Baily Files on "Crusade in Europe", then an order was imposed.


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