A first-generation copy of the Zapruder film. A TIME subscription for John F. Kennedy from his father. A first edition copy of The Wealth of Nations, addressed to Edmund Burke by Adam Smith himself. A letter from Martin Luther King Jr. thanking TIME for naming him Person of the Year.
All of these treasures, and more, are part of the Time Inc. archives—a trove of more than 7 million items that Time Inc. has donated to the New-York Historical Society as the company leaves the Time-Life Building for its new office in the financial district.
The documents and objects included in the collection offer a distinct view of global history, beginning with the earliest items from 1898 and including an Academy Award, the first TIME logo sketch, and a robe and boxing gloves worn and signed by Muhammad Ali—along with letters from Joseph McCarthy, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman, and others.
We’ve collected some of the most important and exciting artifacts from the collection to highlight in the above gallery.