5 linear ft. (4 cartons : 4361 items).
Chiefly collection of correspondence, intra-office memoranda, and newspapers articles concerning Billings' career as a reporter for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1921-1929); national affairs editor of Time magazine (1929-1933) managing editor of Time (1933-1936); managing editor of Life magaine (1936-1944); and editorial director of Time Incorporated publications (1944-1954).
Collection covers in detail the inner workings of Time Inc. during Billings' tenure as editor; in depth documentation reveals editorial policy and its argument and formulation, publication of key articles, and interdepartmental and interpersonal correspondence pertaining to matters of foreign and domestic policy and to journalistic issues such as objectivity and the conflict between free speech and internal security. Similar issues and discussions also occurred frequently throughout Billing's correspondence with other key figures such as Henry Luce, Charles Douglas Jackson, Emmet John Hughes, and other colleagues employed by Time Inc.; materials from the years following Billings departure from Time Inc. show continuing correspondence and friendship with various personel at Time Inc., and his ongoing influence and interest in editorial matters.
Includes correspondence and writings of Chester Bowles, William C. Bullitt, James F. Byrnes, Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, H.V. Kaltenborn, John F. Kennedy, Willard M. Kiplinger, Kenneth Scott Latourette, David Lawrence, John L. Lewis, Clare Booth Luce, Henry R. Luce, Douglas MacArthur, H.L. Mencken, Daniel L. Poling, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Bertrand Russell, Spyros P. Skouras, Harry Truman, James Van Fleet, Evelyn Waugh, Sumner Welles, Rebecca West, Grover Whalen, K.C Wu, and Darryl Zanuck.
Journalist and editor of New York and South Carolina.
Materials stored offsite; advance notice required.
University South Caroliniana Society Program, 1974, p. 5-7.
John Shaw Billings Time - Life - Fortune Collection, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.