Scope and arrangement
This collection contains negatives, contact sheets, slides, and positive print copies depicting The New York Times publishers (Adolph S. Ochs, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, Orvil E. Dryfoos, and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger), their families, and staff members, as well as Times' buildings, offices, and events. Most photographs appear to be taken by professional photographers hired by the publishers or The Times. Files usually contain negatives or slides, and occasionally include contact sheets or prints. A small number of items are in color. This collection does not contain images published in The Times.
The collection is organized into three series: People, Subjects, and Miscellaneous Additions. The People series consists primarily of individual and group portraits of the Ochs, Sulzberger, and Dryfoos family members in staged settings, at family events, traveling, and at The Times offices. Also present are pictures of Times staff members. The Subjects series includes images of the interior and exteriors of Times buildings, offices, objects (furniture, art, and newspaper production technology), and events. While most items are of The Times, its staff, the publishers, and their families, a few photographs picture affiliated companies, such as the Chattanooga Times. The Miscellaneous Additions are made up of items never cataloged by The Times archives staff and not integrated into the rest of the collection. Although the subject matter of the additions overlap closely with the other two series, only some of the items are duplicate images. They depict Barbara Squier and Julius Ochs Adler's travels in Egypt, Greece, India, Japan, and Palestine; Adler in the army; various Ochs-Adler family members; and various Times buildings and views of New York City.
Items germane to two or more people or subjects are often cross-referenced in the finding aid. The bulk of the photographs are in sleeves labeled with the name or subject title and a brief description of the images, including such details as location, date, and photographer, when known.
Additional images can be found in the New York Times Company records. General Files, as well as in individual collections of the publishers, editors, reporters, and departments. In searching for specific images, researchers should consult both the Photographs collection and any related Times collections to which the photograph may pertain.
The New York Times Company records. Photographs are arranged in three series:
- 1875-198713 boxes
The bulk of the photographs in this series are images of the Ochs-Sulzberger-Dryfoos family (majority owners of The New York Times). Items are mostly portraits of individuals and groups of family members, family pictures at home and at events, and travel photographs. Some family members are represented from childhood through adulthood. There are multiple photographs of the following: Julius Ochs Adler; Barbara Stettheimer Adler; Julius Ochs Adler, Jr.; Judith Sulzberger Cohen; Jacqueline Hays Dryfoos; Orvil E. Dryfoos; Robert Ochs Dryfoos; Mariah Sulzberger Dryfoos; Susan Warms Dryfoos; Ruth Sulzberger Golden; Stephen Arthur Ochs Golden; Adolph S. Ochs; Arthur Hays Sulzberger; and Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger. Also present are photographs of Times staff members, as well as some of prominent individuals, such as heads of state, largely depicted at events with Arthur Hays Sulzberger.
Files are arranged alphabetically by name. Entries without box and folder numbers cross-reference related material in other files. Photographs of married women are typically filed under their married names. In some cases, however, women also have files under their maiden names that contain photographs from before they were married.
- 1902-198312.5 boxes
This series is made up of alphabetical subject files that are organized (and titled) by topical keywords, organizations, events, and New York Times buildings, offices, city bureaus, departments, rooms, and newspaper production equipment. Of note are the photographs of various Times-owned buildings that document the company's moves to, construction of, and use of office buildings, and factories. Interior shots show The Times' staff at work as well as architectural and decorative details (see the files for Art and Antiques). Photographs of machinery, communication devices, and computers reveal changes in newspaper production technology throughout the 20th century. Both Pictures (General) and Making of a Newspaper files provide overviews of Times offices and staff activities in 1956 and the 1960s, respectively. Also present are photographs related to events that Ochs-Sulzberger family members attended, as well as their homes and mausoleums. Some affiliated companies, such as The Chattanooga Times and various printing companies, are also represented.
Files are arranged alphabetically by file title. Entries without box and folder numbers cross-reference related material in other files.
- undated1.5 boxes
This series is made up of groups of photographs depicting Times buildings and Adler-Ochs family members that were never incorporated into the rest of the collection. These items are similar to but distinct from images in series I and II. The Additions Inventory provides a detailed list of the glass negatives and an overview of the Barbara and Julius Ochs Adler photographs. Glass negatives are restricted and available only with the Curator's permission.