When Paris erupted in terror and tragedy on the night of Friday, Nov. 13, TIME was fortunate to have several seasoned correspondents and photographers close by; along with reporters and editors in Berlin, Cairo, Hong Kong, London, New York, Washington and Iowa, they produced 62 dispatches for TIME.com in the first 24 hours. Paris reporter Vivienne Walt tracked the investigation through her French police and government sources; Jay Newton-Small arrived from Washington on Saturday and went immediately to Hôtel-Dieu hospital, finding a family searching, in vain as it would turn out, for a missing daughter. Naina Bajekal was on vacation in Paris when she began reporting from a barricaded restaurant. Middle East bureau chief Jared Malsin flew to Beirut to interview witnesses in the horrific bombing of a market area earlier in the week. Ideas editor Claire Howorth reached out for comment from all the U.S. presidential candidates and dozens of regional and military experts. Those commentaries are collected at time.com/paris. Our coverage of the Paris attacks continues at TIME.com.
This issue is the last we will publish from our current headquarters; TIME and its sister publications are moving to a new home in lower Manhattan. We look forward to new neighbors, new facilities and new views. As we purge our files and pack our books, we’re unearthing all sorts of treasures. About 7 million documents will find a new home with the New-York Historical Society, along with our Oscar from 1937 and a signed first edition of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations from 1776, inscribed to the statesman Edmund Burke.
Some of the unearthing will be literal. We are planning to retrieve the copper time capsule placed in the Time & Life Building’s 800-lb. cornerstone, which includes the March 16, 1959, issue of TIME (featuring theologian Paul Tillich on the cover), program logs from the radio and TV stations that TIME owned, the company’s first annual report, and an item labeled “Red pencil preferred by original TIME editors, still in use.”
Nancy Gibbs, EDITOR
This appears in the November 30, 2015 issue of TIME.