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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 VI. Correspondence, 1952-2019. 2 Linear feet in 2 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Series VI includes letters, cards, and invitations sent to BJK by friends, colleagues, fans, and organizations. The correspondence reflects BJK's wide-ranging influence as a famed athlete, public figure, and advocate for women's equality, as well as her personal friendships and professional activities.

Arrangement

Arranged in two subseries:
Subseries VI.A. Alphabetical correspondence
Subseries VI.B. Subject correspondence

Subseries VI.A. Alphabetical correspondence, 1952-2019. 1 Linear feet in 1 record carton

Scope and Contents

Subseries VI.A contains letters, cards, and invitations sent to BJK and organized individually by correspondent's last name. Contents of correspondence includes personal and professional topics. Particularly notable correspondents are identified within their respective folders or placed in a discrete folder when the amount of material justifies it. Regular correspondents of note include Bill and Hillary Clinton, Elton John, and Barack and Michelle Obama. Correspondence dates from 1952-2019.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically followed by a file for unidentified correspondents.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 9 A

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondents include the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

1966-2007
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 10 B

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondents include George H.W. Bush and Warren Buffett.

1962-2015
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 4 Billboard Information Group

Scope and Contents

Includes Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending April 12, 1975 with Elton John's Philadelphia Freedom at number 1.

1975
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 11-13 C (3 folders)

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondents include Sri Chinmoy.

1960-2007
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 14 Clinton, Bill and Hillary

Scope and Contents

Contains two typed letters and handwritten note from William "Bill" Jefferson Clinton and several typed letters from Hillary Rodham Clinton. HRC's letters include personal condolences and official invitations and thanks for BJK's support of her Presidential campaign.

1993-2016
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 15 D

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondents include former Mayor of New York City David Dinkins.

1965-2017
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 16 E
1990s-2006
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 17 F

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondents include the family of former President Gerald R. Ford.

2007-2019
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 18 G

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondents include Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

1959-2014
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 19 H

Scope and Contents

Notable corespondents include Harvard Business School, photographer June Harrison, and the family of cartoonist Lee Holley.

1959-2018
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 20 I

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence from the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

2007-2011
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 21 J

Scope and Contents

Notable corespondents include Perry T. Jones, President of the Southern California Tennis Association.

1963-2018
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 22 John, Elton

Scope and Contents

Contains letter thanking BJK and Ilana Kloss for gift sent to Elton John and David Furnish's son.

2011
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 23 K

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Larry King from early in BJK's tennis career.

1959-2019
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 24 L

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondents include the Long Beach Recreation Commission and Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

1952-2007
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 25 M
1959-2008
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 26-27 N (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondens include the New England Institute of Technology and Northeastern University Center for Sport in Society.

1960s-2008
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 28 O

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondence includes letter from Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

1967-2011
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 29 Obama, Barack and Michelle

Scope and Contents

Contains personal notes and official correspondence from Barack and Michelle Obama thanking and acknowleding BJK's work on the Obama re-election campaign and as a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition.

2011-2016
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 30 P
1967-2013
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 31-32 R (2 folders)
2004-2018
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 5 Roberts, Rich

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence from Rich Roberts of the Independent Press-Telegram with printed headline about the Moffitt family and Bobby Riggs during the Battle of the Sexes reporting.

1973
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 33-34 S (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Notable correspondents include Maria Shriver and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

1960s-2018
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 35 T
1961-2007
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 36 U

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence from various United States Lawn Tennis Association staff and committee members informing BJK of her selection to the Wightman Cup team, ranking, and USTA Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.

1959-2007
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 37 V
1967
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 38 W
1966-2019
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 39 The White House

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence from The White House sent over various administrations, including a congratulatory letter for BJK's victories at Wimbledon from President Richard Nixon, Christmas cards from the Nixons, a note from Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff Tina Chen, and a letter from John DeStefano on behalf of President Trump ending BJK's appointment to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and thanking her for prior service.

1970-2017
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 40 Y
1960s-2007
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 41 Z
2007
Offsite-Box: 24 Folder : 42 Unidentified or unspecified correspondents

Scope and Contents

Contains letters, cards, and telegrams sent to BJK without a specified sender or with the sender's name incomplete or illegible.

circa 1960s-2018

Subseries VI.B. Subject correspondence, 1962-2018. 1 Linear feet in 1 record carton

Scope and Contents

Subseries VI.B includes letters and cards from various correspondents grouped by subject or occassion. These groups were present when acquired and maintained in the processing of the collection.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 1 Wimbledon telegrams

Scope and Contents

Contains a file of telegrams sent to BJK while competing at Wimbledon 1962, at which she and Karen Hantze were the women's double champions.

1962
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 2-5 Fan mail and school reports (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains a file of fan mail and notes sent to BJK, including school reports and essays written on and in honor of BJK. Correspondents include various teachers and their students, children from the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center, and various fans inspired by BJK.

1973-2018
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 6 Postcards from South Africa

Scope and Contents

Contains unsent postcards and book of postcards from South Africa.

circa 2000s
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 7 Holiday cards

Scope and Contents

Contains a file of holiday greeting and photo cards from various senders.

2001-2007
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 8-25 Letters of condolence (18 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains letters of condolence and sympathy cards to BJK from various senders upon the death of her father, Bill Moffit. Includes printed emails with index of senders.

2006
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 26 USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center naming (1 of 6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains a file of cards and letters sent to BJK in congratulations for the official naming of the "USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center" on the opening night of the 2006 U.S. Open, August 28.

2006 August-September
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 1-5 USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center naming (5 of 6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Contains a file of cards and letters sent to BJK in congratulations for the official naming of the "USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center" on the opening night of the 2006 U.S. Open, August 28.

2006 August-September
Offsite-Box: 59 Folder : 6 Oversized birthday and thank you cards
circa 2010s
Offsite-Box: 60 Folder : 4 Oversized thank you card
circa 2000s-2010s

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