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Guide to The Billie Jean King Collection
1901-2019 (bulk, 1940-2019)
 MS 3147

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Margaret Dalton

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 07, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series II. Albums, 1940s-2010. 19.5 Linear feet in 7 record cartons and 7 flat boxes

Scope and Contents

Series II contains all scrapbooks and photo albums in the collection. Album types include scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, albums containing a combination of clippings, ephemera, and photographs, and albums of solely photographs. The albums document the personal and professional life of BJK and family, including her childhood and early career, tennis career, the evolution of women's professional tennis, including the Virginia Slims Circuit, the TeamTennis league, and various events attended by BJK. Albums date from the 1940s to 2010.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Related Materials

Additional clippings are located in Subseries VII.A Clippings. Additional photographs are located in Series VIII Photographs.

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 5-8 BJK relatives, childhood, and career (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Disassembled binder containing a wide variety of photographs of BJK relatives (mostly unidentified), BJK's childhood, and BJK's career.

circa 1940s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 9-12 Moffitt family (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Disassembled binder containing various photos of BJK, Randy Moffitt, and parents.

circa 1950s-2000s
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 13-14 BJK tennis career (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Disassembled binder containing photographs of BJK playing tennis and newspaper clippings of BJK profiles and career news. Photographs include many early tennis career shots at Long Beach and a few match shots from Wimbledon. Articles cover 1960s Wimbledon matches.

1950s-1960s
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 15-16 BJK early Juniors career and Long Beach (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Disassembled binder containing photographs and newsclippings from BJK's youth tennis career and other junior players in Long Beach, California.

1953-1959
Offsite-Box: 4 Box : 4A BJK Girl Scouts scrapbook

Scope and Contents

Wooden scrapbook created by BJK with Girl Scouts insignia on cover and containing tennis newspaper clippings and ephemera.

circa 1956
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 17 Clyde Walker and Long Beach recreation

Scope and Contents

Disassembled binder containing newspaper clippings, photographs, and letters primarily documenting BJK's early tennis career, tennis coach Clyde Walker, and junior tennis players of the Long Beach, California area.

1959-1988
Offsite-Box: 4 Box : 4B Clippings and photos album

Scope and Contents

Contains letter from the Southern California Tennis Association regarding the 1960 Junior Wightman Cup, clippings over the course of BJK's career, comic strips, clippings on the death of BJK's father, and prints of digital Moffitt family photos.

circa 1959-2006
Offsite-Box: 4 Box : 4C Early tennis career clippings

Scope and Contents

Album containing newspaper clippings and a few letters from BJK's early tennis career. Topics and competitions covered include tennis coach Clyde Walker, various Long Beach Juniors tournaments, Juniors Novice tournaments, and the U.S. Girl's Lawn Tennis Tournament.

1956-1960
Offsite-Box: 5 Southern California Tennis Association Junior Wightman Cup Team

Scope and Contents

Album of newspaper clippings primarily covering the Wightman Cup team and BJK's early tennis career in Long Beach, California.

1958-1960
Offsite-Box: 4 Box : 4D Volume : 1 Wightman Cup Team

Scope and Contents

Contains photographs, clippings, and letter from the United States Lawn Tennis Association office for matches from 1959-1961 and the 1961 Wightman Cup.

1959-1961
Offsite-Box: 6 Volume : 1 Wimbledon clippings

Scope and Contents

Album contains newspaper clippings primarily covering the Wimbledon tournament of 1962 with additional clippings covering BJK's career.

1962-1963
Offsite-Box: 4 Box : 4D Volume : 2 Wightman Cup

Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings, photographs, letters from the Wightman Cup 1963 and additional matches of the year, newspaper clipping reporting on BJK and Larry King's engagement, and several polaroid shots of BJK and LK.

1963
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 18-19 BJK career clippings (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Disassembled binder containing newspaper clippings covering BJK's tennis career. Topics include 1960s Federation Cup matches, 1960s Wightman Cup matches, and 1960s Wimbledon championships.

1963-1968
Offsite-Box: 15 Volume : 1 Newspaper clippings

Scope and Contents

Album containing newspaper clippings on BJK tennis career in 1965, many covering Wimbledon and the Wightman Cup.

1965
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 20 BJK and Larry King wedding "candid previews"
1965 September
Offsite-Box: 7 Box : 7A BJK and Larry King "Our Wedding"
1965 September 17
Offsite-Box: 14 Volume : 1 Clippings and press scrapbook

Scope and Contents

Album containing newspaper clippings covering BJK's tennis career, including various women's singles tournaments, the Fed Cup, and Wimbledon championships.

1965-1974
Offsite-Box: 14 Volume : 2 Clippings scrapbook

Scope and Contents

Album containing newspaper clippings on BJK tennis career, including the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association rankings, and competition at the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, South African tennis championships, Wimbledon championships, and Wightman Cup.

1966-1970
Offsite-Box: 6 Volume : 2 Life Magazine album

Scope and Contents

Album presented to BJK from the editors and photographers of Life magazine containing photographs of BJK competing at the US Open Forest Hills 1971 and of BJK with Larry King and Randy Moffitt.

1967
Offsite-Box: 7 Box : 7B Clippings scrapbooks kept by BJK's parents (2 albums)

Scope and Contents

Two scrapbooks created by BJK's parents, Bill and Betty Moffitt, containing newspaper clippings documenting BJK's career. Subjects of clippings include the Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs, general profiles of BJK, Women's Indoor Tennis Championships, and the founding and first season of the World TeamTennis league and the Philadelphia Freedoms team.

1968-1974
Offsite-Box: 7 Box : 7C Battle of the Sexes (2 of 4 albums)

Scope and Contents

Albums containing newspaper clippings, letters, and scattered ephemera related to the Battle of the Sexes match between BJK and Bobby Riggs.

1973-1974
Offsite-Box: 8 Box : 8A Battle of the Sexes (2 of 4 albums)

Scope and Contents

Albums containing newspaper clippings, letters, and scattered ephemera related to the Battle of the Sexes match between BJK and Bobby Riggs.

1973-1974
Offsite-Box: 8 Box : 8B World TeamTennis Hawaii Leis clippings

Scope and Contents

Album containing newspaper clippings of coverage of the World TeamTennis Hawaii Leis matches and players.

1974
Offsite-Box: 15 Volume : 2 Kansas City clippings

Scope and Contents

Album containing newspaper clippings on BJK primarily from the Kansas City Star, covering topics including Battle of the Sexes, Wimbledon, World TeamTennis, and BJK's tennis career in general.

1975-1978
Offsite-Box: 13 Box : 13A World TeamTennis clippings

Scope and Contents

Album containing newspaper clippings and several magazines with coverage of World TeamTennis.

1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 2 WTT New York Sets clippings

Scope and Contents

Contains clippings covering the World TeamTennis franchise New York Sets, particularly BJK's arrival for the 1975 season. Album arrived disbound.

1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1 June Harrison published photography

Scope and Contents

Album containing color photocopies of June Harrison's tennis photography as published in various publications, including Tennis magazine, The Telegraph, The News World, and WomenSports. Also includes copies of photos and slides, many of World TeamTennis matches with Billie Jean King.

1975-2000
Offsite-Box: 8 Box : 8C Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook containing photographs of BJK competing in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 1979.

1979
Offsite-Box: 9 Avon Championships of Chicago (2 albums)

Scope and Contents

Two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, promotional material, and event material for the 1979 and 1980 Avon Championships of Chicago.

1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 10 Volume : 1 NBC Wimbledon

Scope and Contents

Album containing photographs, clippings, and program from Wimbledon 1981 prepared for BJK by NBC Television Network.

1981
Offsite-Box: 11 Volume : 1 Chicago Tennis newsclippings

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings generally covering Women's Tennis news published in Chicago papers.

1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 11 Volume : 2 World TeamTennis Dallas Stars

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook containing promotional material, correspondence, and newspaper clippings related to the Dallas Stars World TeamTennis team.

1982
Offsite-Box: 8 Box : 8D 1983 Virginia Slims Chicago Tribune

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings on the Virignia Slims Championship published in the Chicago Tribune.

1983
Offsite-Box: 10 Volume : 2 Virginia Slims of Chicago Tournament Week Publicity

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings and photocopies of clippings covering the Virginia Slims of Chicago Tournament Week 1983.

1983
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 2 Photo album

Scope and Contents

Photo album including shots of BJK at Wimbledon 1983, 2002 photos of BJK with Senator Hillary Clinton and Julie Foudy for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

1983-2002
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 3 Bill and Mildred "Betty" Moffitt Golden Anniversary

Scope and Contents

Album with photographs, cards, and party guest inscriptions from Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration of BJK's parents, Bill and Betty Moffitt.

1991 May 17
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 4 Virginia Slims Legends

Scope and Contents

Contains photos from the Virgina Slims Legends tour matches and off-court activities. Players include Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Ilana Kloss, Martina Navratilova, and Virginia Wade.

circa 1994
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 5 Fed Cup USA vs The Netherlands

Scope and Contents

Album containing photos of the 1998 United States Fed Cup team's matches, captained by BJK.

1998
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 6 BJK and Sri Chimnoy photo album

Scope and Contents

Album of photos of Billie Jean King and Sri Chinmoy, spiritual leader and founder of the World Harmony Run.

circa 2000-2007
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 7 USTA album

Scope and Contents

Album presented to BJK containing photos of various USTA events, some including BJK.

2001 October
Offsite-Box: 44 Box : 44A World TeamTennis at St. Louis photo album

Scope and Contents

Album created by Marianne Dillow.

2001
Offsite-Box: 12 Box : 12A Marianne Dillow World TeamTennis scrapbook

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook created by Marianne Dillow and containing photographs, original drawings, and captions of BJK and Ilana Kloss' professional activities of 2002, primarily documenting various World TeamTennis teams and events.

2002
Offsite-Box: 44 Box : 44B World TeamTennis Smash Hits Philadelphia
2002
Offsite-Box: 12 Box : 12B Marianne Dillow World TeamTennis scrapbook

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook created by Marianne Dillow and containing photographs, original drawings, and captions of BJK and Ilana Kloss' professional activitities of 2003, primarily documenting various World TeamTennis teams and events.

2003
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 8 Altria Invitational at PGA National Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Scope and Contents

Two albums containing photos from the Altria Invitational tennis tournament held at PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Players include Tracy Austin, BJK, Chris Evert, Ilana Kloss, and Virginia Wade.

2003 February 16
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 9 ITF World Champions Dinner: Honouring 40 Years of Fed Cup

Scope and Contents

Album sent to BJK from the International Tennis Federation containing photographs from the IFT World Champions Dinner 2003.

2003
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 10-11 BJK 60th Birthday (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains digital photo files on CD and printed thumbnails of photos from BJK's 60th birthday party in Los Angeles and an album presented to BJK by Women's Sports Foundation staff.

Conditions Governing Access

CD is restricted from access in order to ensure the digital files are not accidentally corrupted. N-YHS will be developing procedures to properly handle digital media and this content will be opened in the future after those procedures are established and implemented.

2003
Offsite-Box: 12 Box : 12C New York City bid for Summer Olympics 2012

Scope and Contents

Binder containing the participant guide for members of the Evaluation Committee for New York City's bid proposal as Candidate City for the 2012 Summer Olympics. BJK participated in the presentations to the IOC. Contents include documents with background information on NYC's bid, bios of members of the Committee, the event schedule for the Evaluation Commission, presentation guidelines, and an insert of related newspaper clippings.

2005
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 12 Advanta Women's Sports Foundation event

Scope and Contents

Album of photos from Advanta Women's Sports Foundation fundraising event, including photos of BJK with Elton John.

2005 September 7
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 13 US Open Opening Ceremonies

Scope and Contents

Photo album from the US Open Opening Ceremonies and naming of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Photos taken by photographer for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Image permissions owned by the Municipal Archives of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg Photograph Collection.

2006 August 28
Offsite-Box: 13 Box : 13B BJK USTA National Tennis Center

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook album including photos from the ceremony for the naming of the BJK USTA National Tennis Center.

2006 August 28
Offsite-Box: 44 Box : 44C Marianne Dillow World TeamTennis scrapbook
2006
Offsite-Box: 6 Volume : 3 California Governor and First Lady's Conference on Women

Scope and Contents

Album containing pages of images from the California Governor and First Lady's Conference on Women 2010. Images show various events, honorees, and attendees, including BJK.

2010

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