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

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
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 I. Early life and Moffitt family, 1933-2014. 1 Linear feet in 1 record carton and 1 flat file

Scope and Contents

Series I contains material documenting the early life of BJK and the Moffitt family. Documents from early life include school progress reports, school assignments and notebooks, and high school yearbooks. Family documents include academic and career records for members of the Moffitt family, particularly BJK's parents and brother Randy Moffitt, a Major League Baseball pitcher. Also included is a file of postcards and correspondence sent by BJK to her family and correspondence shared amongst the family. Material in this series dates from 1933-2014.

Arrangement

Arranged in two subseries:
Subseries I.A. Early life
Subseries I.B. Moffitt family

Subseries I.A. Early life, 1943-2006 (bulk, 1949-1961). 0.5 Linear feet in 1 record carton

Scope and Contents

Subseries I.A. includes records documenting BJK's childhood and early education. Materials include documents from Sunday School at First Church of the Brethren Church, school progress reports and report cards from Long Beach Public Schools, academic assignments and notebooks, high school yearbooks, a sorority fabric swatch, programs for BJK's high school commencement ceremony, and a copy of BJK's birth certificate. The bulk date of material is 1949-1961, with the birth certificate dated 2006 to reflect the year requested and delivered.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1-2 Baby book (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

BJK's Baby Book, including pasted baby cards sent from family members and additional inserted greeting cards for other family occasions.

1943
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 3 Los Cerritos School progress reports

Scope and Contents

Contains progress reports from BJK's time in primary and elementary school at Los Cerritos School, Long Beach, California.

1949-1953
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 4 Sunday school

Scope and Contents

Contains certificates for completing courses in Sunday school and Christian Education from the First Church of the Brethren, Long Beach, California and the Long Beach Council of Churches, and bulletin from First Church of the Brethren that includes photograph of Mildred and Bill Moffitt.

1952-1955
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 Los Cerritos School Class of 1955 booklet

Scope and Contents

Contains booklet of signatures of BJK's 6th grade classmates and teacher from Los Cerritos Elementary School.

1955
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6 Hughes Junior High School

Scope and Contents

Contains progress reports and certificates for BJK from Hughes Junior High School, Long Beach Public Schools, Long Beach, California.

1955-1958
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 7 Tenth grade story "Thump, thump, thump, beat my heart"

Scope and Contents

Contains handwritten story by BJK about her future and first trip to Wimbledon.

circa 1959
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 8 Long Beach Polytechnic High School progress reports

Scope and Contents

Contains progress reports for BJK in courses at Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, California.

1959-1960
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 9-11 High school course notebooks and writings (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains several notebooks with course notes and writing assignments from BJK's high school classes.

1959-1961
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12 Caerulea yearbook

Scope and Contents

Long Beach Polytechnic High School yearbook from BJK's sophomore year. BJK is pictured on page 133.

1959
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 13 Caerulea yearbook

Scope and Contents

Long Beach Polytechnic High School yearbook from BJK's junior year. BJK is pictured on page 127.

1960
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 14 Caerulea yearbook

Scope and Contents

Long Beach Polytechnic High School yearbook from BJK's senior year. BJK is pictured on pages 32, 58-59, 147, 174.

1961
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 15 Zayn sorority swatch

Scope and Contents

Contains blue felt sorority swatch with "Z" insignia of the Zayn service sorority BJK belonged to while attending Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

circa 1961
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 16 High school commencement

Scope and Contents

Contains documents from BJK's graduation from Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, California in June 1961.

1961 June
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 17 Copy of birth certificate issued by County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Scope and Contents

Contains a copy requested in 2006 of BJK's birth certificate and affidavit to correct original birth certificate's error in spelling Billie Jean King's middle name as "Jaan" on original certificate. The date of original birth certificate document (not included in folder) is November 22, 1943, and the date of original affidavit for correction document (not included in folder) is May 11, 1955.

2006 January 27

Subseries I.B. Moffitt family, 1933-2014. 0.5 Linear feet in 1 record carton and 1 flat file

Scope and Contents

Subseries I.B. includes material documenting the lives and careers of the Moffitt family. Material includes academic records, certificates, event programs, postcards, and letters. Family members represented include BJK's mother and father, Mildred Rose "Betty" Jerman Moffitt and Willis "Bill" Jefferson Moffitt, a police officer and firefighter, and brother Randall "Randy" James Moffitt, a Major League Baseball pitcher. Additional family members documented include paternal grandmother Blanche G. Moffitt and niece Alysha Marie Moffitt. Material dates from 1933-2014.

Arrangement

Arranged by Moffitt family member, followed by material generated and shared amongst multiple family members.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 18 Mildred "Betty" Jerman Moffitt

Scope and Contents

Contains documents pertaining to Mildred Rose "Betty" Jerman Moffitt, BJK's mother.

1940-2014
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 1 Mildred "Betty" Jerman Moffitt certificates

Scope and Contents

Contains "Cradle Role Certificate" from the First Brethren Sunday School of Long Beach, California, 1926 and diploma from The Harbell College of Cosmetology, 1941.

1926-1941
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 19 Bill Moffitt

Scope and Contents

Contains documents pertaining to Willis "Bill" Jefferson Moffitt, BJK's father.

1933-2006
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 20 Randy Moffitt early life

Scope and Contents

Contains documents pertaining to BJK's brother Randall "Randy" James Moffitt's childhood and youth.

1954-1966
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 21 Randy Moffitt baseball career

Scope and Contents

Contains a signed photograph, correspondence, baseball game programs, and an issue of Sports Illustrated with article on Randy Moffitt's professional baseball career.

1965-1983
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 22 Randy Moffitt baseball cards

Scope and Contents

Contains Randy Moffitt baseball cards from his time with the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays.

1973-1983
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 23 Randy Moffitt baseball career clippings

Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings pertaining to Randy Moffitt's career as a Major League Baseball pitcher.

1965-1998
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 24 Blanche G. Moffitt

Scope and Contents

Contains documents pertaining to Blanche G. Moffitt, BJK's paternal grandmother.

1970-1981
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 25 Alysha Marie Moffitt

Scope and Contents

Contains documents pertaining to Alysha Marie Moffitt, BJK's niece and the daughter of BJK's brother Randy Moffitt.

1999-2012
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 26 BJK letters and postcards sent to parents Bill and Mildred Moffitt

Scope and Contents

Contains postcards and several letters sent by BJK to her parents, many describing international travel and tennis matches.

1952-2003
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 27 Moffitt family greeting cards and letters (1 of 4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains greeting cards and letters given and received by and amongst members of the Moffitt family, including BJK, father Bill Moffitt, mother Betty Moffitt, and brother Randy Moffitt.

circa 1940s-2000s
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1-3 Moffitt family greeting cards and letters (3 of 4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains greeting cards and letters given and received by and amongst members of the Moffitt family, including BJK, father Bill Moffitt, mother Betty Moffitt, and brother Randy Moffitt.

circa 1940s-2000s
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 4 Moffitt family genealogy

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and notes on Moffitt family history and genealogy compiled and sent to BJK by Donald Moffitt.

2011

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