Scope and Contents
The collection contains founding documents, annual reports, Board of Directors meeting minutes, financial records, memoranda and correspondence, office bulletins, and publicity materials.
Founding documentation includes bylaws, certificates, prospectus and correspondence relating to the founding and financing, 1954.
Business records include annual reports (1959-1968) auditor's reports (1955; 1957; 1958), and other reports and letters to stockholders (1955-1969).
Board of Directors records include meeting minutes and agendas, private minutes by James H. Sachs, and financial records including budgets, financial statements, and salary schedules, 1955-1969.
Memoranda and other communications includes memoranda and letters to Board of Directors (1955-1968), memoranda to staff (1958-1967), office bulletins, no. 2-140 (1958-1970), and general correspondence to James Parton and James H. Sachs, among others, (1955-1968).
Publicity materials include press releases, letters to readers and subscribers, direct mailers for book announcements, catalogues, price lists, and clippings.
- Creation: 1954-1970
- American Heritage Publishing Company (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.
Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
American Heritage magazine was founded in late 1949 by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), which published five volumes of a saddle-stitched magazine. In 1954, AASLH sold the magazine to three former Time, Inc. editors, James Parton, Oliver Jensen and Joseph J. Thorndike, Jr. They envisioned a new kind of magazine: an abundantly illustrated bimonthly, bound in hard covers with no advertising. The first issue of the new series appeared in December 1954, edited by Bruce Catton, who had just won a Pulitzer Prize.
3 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 record storage boxes
Language of Materials
American Heritage magazine was founded in late 1949 by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), which published five volumes until 1954 when AASLH sold the magazine to three former Time, Inc. editors, James Parton, Oliver Jensen and Joseph J. Thorndike, Jr. The collection contains founding documents, annual reports, Board of Directors meeting minutes, financial records, memoranda and correspondence, office bulletins, and publicity materials.
Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.
Other Finding Aids
Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.
Collection processed by staff, 1973.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.
Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.
Genre / Form
- Guide to the American Heritage Publishing Co. records
- Complete Description
- Tanya Parlet.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).