A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 5, 1946

If you wanted to start a newsmagazine (or newspaper) there is one indispensable publisher's item you would be unable to buy—a morgue.

Morgue is journalese for "library of essential information." It is not a commercial product ; it has to be created. TIME'S morgue has been 23 years abuilding. Now presided over by 55 librarians and helpers, it contains some 400,000 indexed folders of biographical, historical, business, and otherwise usefully classified information, 25,000 reference books, and 400 up-to-date periodicals. Needless to say, we would be lost without it.

When TIME began in 1923, it...

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