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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 IX. (RESTRICTED) Audiovisual and digital formats, 1973-2018. 1 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

Series IX includes audiovisual and digital media collected by BJK. Formats of material include audiocassettes, videocassettes, a betacam tape, mini-DVs, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, and a USB flash drive. Content of media includes audio recordings of TeamTennis stakeholder meetings and ads, audio and video footage of various events and BJK interviews, commercially-released DVD films, and CDs gifted to BJK by Elton John.


Arranged in four subseries:
Subseries IX.A. Audiocassettes
Subseries IX.B. Videocassettes
Subseries IX.C. Optical disks [CDs and DVDs]
Subseries IX.D. USB flash drives

Conditions Governing Access

This series is currently restricted from use. The videotapes and audiotapes are restricted because of their fragility and because N-YHS has no equipment on which to play them. The digital media is restricted from access in order to ensure that 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. Please contact the curator of manuscripts at for further information.

Subseries IX.A. Audiocassettes, 1973-1995

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 52 BJK interview Centre Films, Inc.

Scope and Contents

Cassette and accompanying letter from Carol Horton of Centre Films, Inc.

1973 November 13
Offsite-Box: 52 Domino's Pizza TeamTennis promoters meeting (3 cassettes)
1986 December 5
Offsite-Box: 52 Curel/ World TeamTennis Radio Revision No Soap
1995 June 26

Subseries IX.B. Videocassettes, 1988-2003

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 52 Domino's Pizza TeamTennis Rec and Pro - 8mm videocassette
Offsite-Box: 52 BJK at Stanford soccer tournament - Mini-DV
2007 April 28
Offsite-Box: 52 BJK at Stanford USTA kids clinic - Mini-DV
2007 April 28
Offsite-Box: 52 World TeamTennis owners meeting - Mini-DV
2007 November
Offsite-Box: 52 Hillary Clinton Winter Summit - Mini-DV
2007 December
Offsite-Box: 52 ABC News World TeamTennis Elton John and BJK interview - Betacam
circa 1980s
Offsite-Box: 52 Team Tennis Happy Birthday Billie Jean - VHS
Offsite-Box: 52 World TeamTennis Elton John and BJK - VHS
Offsite-Box: 52 Idols of the Game Babes in Boyland - VHS

Scope and Contents

Commercial film produced by Bobkat Productions, Inc. and Turner Original Productions, Inc..

Offsite-Box: 52 Arli$$ Our Past, Our Present, Our Future - VHS

Scope and Contents

Season 4 episode 3 of Arli$$ television show, on which BJK was a guest star.

Offsite-Box: 52 Women's Sports Foundation's 23rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner - VHS
2002 October 21
Offsite-Box: 52 Unforgettable The Little Mo Connolly Story - VHS

Scope and Contents

Film by Jennifer Spell.

Offsite-Box: 52 World TeamTennis 2003 sales video approval version - VHS
Offsite-Box: 52 Dartmouth College commencement - VHS

Separated Materials

BJK received honorary doctorate at ceremony.


Subseries IX.C. Optical disks [CDs and DVDs], 2001-2018

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 52 When Billie Beat Bobby - DVD
Offsite-Box: 52 BJK interviews Charles M. Schulz - CD

Scope and Contents

CD copy of 1982 audio from the "Close Encounters" series.

circa 2005
Offsite-Box: 52 Lord & Commons Tennis Club - photo CD
circa 2005
Offsite-Box: 52 John-Laffnie de Jager Tennis Foundation Tennis for Africa - DVD
circa 2005
Offsite-Box: 52 One Great Year, a Collection of Video
circa 2005
Offsite-Box: 52 Jim Thompson BJK song and lyrics - CD

Scope and Contents

CD accompanied by typed lyrics to "Billie Jean," music and lyrics by James H. Thompson circa 1975.

circa 2005
Offsite-Box: 52 Freddie Rabuse Homage to BJK - CD

Scope and Contents

Includes printed lyrics.

circa 2005
Offsite-Box: 52 Crista McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars - DVD
Offsite-Box: 52 Elton John "The Captain and the Kid" - CD

Scope and Contents

Signed and inscribed by Elton John to BJK and Ilana Kloss on cover.

Offsite-Box: 52 HealthCorps Gala - DVD
Offsite-Box: 52 HealthCorps Joaquin Perez - DVD
circa 2007
Offsite-Box: 52 Screamer Vision Showreels - DVD

Scope and Contents

Contains DVD authoring reel and motion graphics reel.

Offsite-Box: 52 WTT Philadelphia Freedoms 2007 Season - photo CD
Offsite-Box: 52 Human F1RST program video with Patrick Sheahan - DVD

Scope and Contents

Includes inserted handwritten note from Patrick Sheahan to BJK thanking her for her kind remarks played in presenting his portion of the program.

2008 April
Offsite-Box: 52 Boston University Commencement - DVD
2008 May 18
Offsite-Box: 52 BJK NBC Wimbledon Coverage - DVD (2 disks)
Offsite-Box: 52 Pat Engebrecht When Love is Not Enough - CD
Offsite-Box: 52 The Battle of the Sexes - DVD

Scope and Contents

Film produced by New Black Films.

Offsite-Box: 52 Elton John "The Diving Board" - CD

Scope and Contents

Includes handwritten note on CD sleeve from Elton John to BJK and Ilana Kloss.

Offsite-Box: 52 Lee Holley Celebration of Life - DVD
Offsite-Box: 52 Battle of the Sexes - DVD

Subseries IX.D. USB flash drives, 2016

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 52 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

Scope and Contents

Includes USB drive and accompanying letter from The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.


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