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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 X. Artifacts and memorabilia, 1940-2019. 4 Linear feet in 3 record cartons, 1 flat box, and 1 oversize long box

Scope and Contents

Series X. includes all objects in the collection, including photographs that have been selected to remain in original framed condition. Items include plaques, pins, buttons, and clothing. Items date from 1940-2019.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 54 Mildred Jerman Hairdresser and Cosmetician license
1940-1941
Offsite-Box: 54 Framed photographs

Scope and Contents

These photographs were determined by the manuscripts curator and conservation department to remain in their original frames to retain context and/or due to unique engraving of the frame. Photographs include BJK family photos and event photos. There are 12 frames in total.

1940-2005
Offsite-Box: 55 Felt varsity letters

Scope and Contents

Black and white "L" varsity letter and black and orange "H" varsity letter.

circa 1950s
Offsite-Box: 54 Framed one dollar bill

Scope and Contents

This framed dollar bill is possibly the dollar that BJK received upon signing the original one dollar contract with Gladys Heldman at the Houston Racquet Club in September 1970 as part of the "Original 9."

1970
Offsite-Box: 53 BJK Tennis Center Long Beach visor

Scope and Contents

Two identical white plastic visors with the text "Billie Jean King Tennis Center Long Beach, CA."

circa 1970
Offsite-Box: 53 Virginia Slims World Championship Series sweatshirt
circa 1970s
Offsite-Box: 55 Virginia Slims Circuit buttons

Scope and Contents

Three buttons with text "Virginia Slims Circuit You've come a long way, baby" and Virginia Slims character.

circa 1970s
Offsite-Box: 55 Virginia Slims character gold pins and pendants

Scope and Contents

Thirty-seven gold pins and 14 gold pendants in the design of the Virginia Slims character.

circa 1970s
Offsite-Box: 55 Billie Jean is #1 buttons

Scope and Contents

Six buttons with text "Billie Jean is #1."

circa 1970s-1980s
Offsite-Box: 56 Philadelphia Freedoms WT East Champions mounted and framed photo
1974
Offsite-Box: 65 Item : 2 womenSports first issue cover plaque

Scope and Contents

Wooden plaque with plate of the inaugural cover of womenSports magazine with photo of BJK. Engraved caption reads "This represents the key plate used to print the cover of the first issue of womenSports by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Glasgow, Kentucky. Presented to Jim Jorgensen."

1974 June
Offsite-Box: 55 New York Apples World TeamTennis buttons

Scope and Contents

Six white buttons with text "new york apples world team tennis champions."

circa 1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 56 Tennis Magazine recognition plaque

Scope and Contents

Engraved plaque encased in acrylic reading "tennis magazine Salutes BJK as one of the 20 top players in the game over the past 20 years 1965-1985."

1985
Offsite-Box: 59 Folder : 5 Domino's Pizza box top

Scope and Contents

Domino's Pizza box top with signatures from Chris Evert, BJK, Martina Navratilova, and Pam Shriver. Domino's Pizza was the sponsor of the TeamTennis league from 1985-1991.

circa 1985
Offsite-Box: 26 United States Sports Academy award wooden plaque
1989
Offsite-Box: 59 Mounted photo plaque of BJK, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Pam Shriver
circa 1990s
Offsite-Box: 53 BJK World TeamTennis bobblehead
circa 1995
Offsite-Box: 53 Engraved granite portrait of BJK and Ilana Kloss
circa 2000
Offsite-Box: 55 Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center keychain
2003
Offsite-Box: 54 BJK 60th birthday invitation framed
2003 November 9
Offsite-Box: 51 BJK and Ilana Kloss event credentials (5 of 9 envelopes)

Scope and Contents

Credential badges for BJK and Ilana Kloss for various events, including the Australian Open, BNP Paribas WTS, French Open, US Open, Wimbledon, Democratic National Conventions, and concerts. Badges are grouped by event and stored in envelopes.

2000s
Offsite-Box: 53 BJK and Ilana Kloss event credentials (4 of 9 envelopes)

Scope and Contents

Credential badges for BJK and Ilana Kloss for various events, including the Australian Open, BNP Paribas WTS, French Open, US Open, Wimbledon, Democratic National Conventions, and concerts. Badges are grouped by event and stored in envelopes.

2000s
Offsite-Box: 56 Fed Cup sign

Scope and Contents

Foam board sign reading "Sportsmen's Tennis Club and Bud Collins welcomes BJK and Fed Cup '03 to Boston."

2003
Offsite-Box: 56 Kraft Nabisco Championship Tennis Pro-Am photo plaque

Scope and Contents

Features photos of Ilana Kloss and other participants.

2004
Offsite-Box: 55 Alice Paul jail door souvenir

Scope and Contents

Alice Paul jail door pin and pendant produced as a souvenir by the National Woman's Party for the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, now known as the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument.

circa 2005
Offsite-Box: 66 Item : 1 GLBT Historical Society Walker award

Scope and Contents

Framed photograph and caption awarded to BJK.

2006
Offsite-Box: 54 BJK quote handbag

Scope and Contents

Tote bag and accompanying note to BJK. Tote bag reads "Champions keep playing until they get it right -BJK" and was created for the athletes attending Women's Sports Foundation's event The Billies 2008.

2008
Offsite-Box: 60 Folder : 7 Hillary for President sign

Scope and Contents

Hillary for President sign from HRC's 2008 campaign. Signed to BJK by HRC and Bill Clinton.

2008
Offsite-Box: 53 New York Liberty Outdoor Classic at Arthur Ashe Stadium t-shirt
2008
Offsite-Box: 56 Starkey Hearing Foundation Distinguished Humanitarian Award

Scope and Contents

Circular platter of cut glass made by Tiffany & Co. presented to BJK by the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Stored in original Tiffany & Co. box.

2008
Offsite-Box: 65 Item : 1 United States Department of State Certificate of Recognition

Scope and Contents

Certificate mounted on wood awarded to BJK. Text on certificate reads "In appreciation of your outstanding contributions to the U.S. Department of State's Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports. Your public service to elevate the global conversation on advancing the rights of women and girls is inspiring and your support is truly appreciated." Includes inserted letter from Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

2012 June 21
Offsite-Box: 55 Celebrating 40 years of WTA medal
2013
Offsite-Box: 56 USTA/ Midwest Section Hall of Fame plaque
2013
Offsite-Box: 56 Mylan WTT BJK and Ilana Kloss nameplates
circa 2013-2016
Offsite-Box: 55 San Francisco Giants World Champions enamel pin
2014
Offsite-Box: 63 Hillary Clinton Democratic National Convention signs

Scope and Contents

Two blue Hillary signs on cardboard poles from the Democratic National Convention 2016.

2016
Offsite-Box: 66 Item : 2 International Tennis Hall of Fame BJK Court framed dedication
2016
Offsite-Box: 53 Battle of the Sexes film paper fan

Scope and Contents

Paper fan promotional item for the Battle of the Sexes 2017 film. 2 fans included.

2017
Offsite-Box: 56 Ilana Kloss Jewish Sports Heritage Association Good Guy in Sports Award plaque
2017 April 30
Offsite-Box: 53 Adidas Here to Create Change BJK tennis balls

Scope and Contents

3 cans of 3 tennis balls each created by Adidas as part of the Here to Create Change campaign with BJK. Tennis balls have text on them, reading, "You can't compete with the boys," "Women's sports aren't 'Real' sports," and "Why would women be paid the same as men?".

2018
Offsite-Box: 53 LA Dodgers hat signed by BJK and Ilana Kloss
2018
Offsite-Box: 54 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala invitation and case
2019 February 9
Offsite-Box: 54 Murano pendant
undated
Offsite-Box: 63 American flag on dowel
undated

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