collection 412 - Esquire collection, 1933-1976

Identity area

Reference code

US NNFIT 412

Title

Esquire collection, 1933-1976

Date(s)

  • 1933-1976 (Creation)

Level of description

collection

Extent and medium

35 linear feet

Context area

Name of creator

(1933-)

Administrative history

Esquire is an American men's magazine, published by Hearst Corporation in the United States. It was founded in 1933 by Arnold Gingrich, David A. Smart, and Henry L. Jackson. Each of the founders had a different focus: Gingrich specialized in publishing, Smart led the magazine's business operations, and Jackson led and edited the fashion section. Jackson died in 1948, Smart died in 1952 but left Esquire in 1936 to found another men's magazine, Coronet. Gingrich led the magazine until his death in 1976, though Harold Hayes succeeded him as editor in 1961. The magazine was originally headquartered in Chicago but moved to New York City in 1950.

Esquire started in 1933 as a quarterly magazine, and later transformed itself into a more refined periodical with an emphasis on men's fashion. Originally published by Esquire Publishing Co., it has been published by Hearst since 1986. It has gone through numerous iterations. During the 1960s, the magazine was distinctive for its oversize pages and helping pioneer the trend of "New Journalism." It shrank to a standardized 8 1/2 by 11 inches in 1971. In 1977, the magazine was sold to Clay Felker who reinvented it as Esquire Fortnightly. This only lasted a year, after which the magazine ran monthly. David M. Granger has been editor-in-chief of Esquire since June 1997.

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Content and structure area

Scope and content

This collection contains black and white press photographs and tear sheets dating from 1933-1976.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

This collection is comprised of 2 series: photographs and tear sheets. Photographs are arranged chronologically by month and year. Tear sheets are arranged chronologically by year.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives.

Conditions governing reproduction

The Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#108) when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion. «

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Print versions of Esquire magazine are held in FIT Gladys Marcus Library periodicals. Some issues may also be available in Special Collections (AP2.E845).

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Archivist's note

The tear sheets were previously compiled in scrapbooks by Esquire, Inc.

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