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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

Scope and Contents

The Billie Jean King collection includes documents, scrapbooks, publications, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts generated and collected by BJK throughout her life and career as an athlete, founder of Women's Tennis Association and Women's Sports Foundation, advocate for equality, and public figure.

Personal documents include early school records, family ephemera, and family photographs, as well as correspondence. Documentation of BJK's tennis career includes photographs of matches, albums of clippings assembled by BJK's family, newspaper clippings files, and publications including articles written on BJK. Publications and photographs in the collection also capture the landscape of women's tennis over time, the activities of the World TeamTennis professional and recreational league, and additional prominent athletes in the sport from the 1960s to 2000s.

The speech files provide insight into BJK's personal history, values, and mission as expressed in her own words while addressing various audiences. Honors and certificates awarded to BJK reflect her wide-ranging influence as a tennis champion, voice for women's sport, and advocate for pay equity, gender equality, and human rights.

There are a number of items throughout the collection documenting the career and recognition of BJK's life partner Ilana Kloss.

Throughout the finding aid several abbreviations are used, notably BJK for Billie Jean King, WSF for Women's Sports Foundation, WTA for the Women's Tennis Association, and WTT for the league World TeamTennis.


During processing the archivist devised an arrangement of ten series. In the rare instances of existing folders, original folder titles were maintained. The final order of the collection and series division is based primarily on material format.

The collection is arranged in ten series:

Series I. Early life and Moffitt family
Series II. Scrapbooks
Series III. Subject files
Series IV. Speeches
Series V. Awards and recognition
Series VI. Correspondence
Series VII. Print matter
Series VIII. Photographs
Series IX. Audiovisual and digital formats
Series X. Artifacts and memorabilia