SpColl 1: Beauty Pageant Collection

Scope and Content

The Beauty Pageant Collection includes souvenir pageant programs, photo albums, scrapbooks of newspaper articles, and slide photography for Miss America and various other beauty pageants dating from 1957 through 1988.

Three panoramic photographs of bathing beauty contestants dating from the 1920's, as well as scrapbooks of pageants from that time period, may also be found in the Beauty Pageant Collection.

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Series Description

  • Souvenir Pageant Programs
    • Representing the years 1959-1988
  • Photo Albums
    • Representing the years 1970-1980
    • Albums contain photographs of single Miss America contestants as well as groups of contestants
  • Scrapbooks
    • Representing the years 1923-1927 and 1960-1980
    • Scrapbooks contain mostly newspaper articles
  • Slides
    • Slides represent the years 1957-1980
  • Posters
    • Photographs are long format showing all contestants from the years 1925-1927
    • Group of contestants are labeled as "Inter-City Beauties"

Souvenir Pageant Programs

Souvenir programs include pictures of contestants along with congratulations and ads from the contestants local sponsors. The program lists all committees, officials, and sponsors associated with the pageant.

Box 1
Date Major Pageants Preliminary Pageants
1959 Miss America  
1960 Miss America  
1961 Miss America  
1962 Miss America  
1963 Miss America  
1964 Miss America  
1965 Miss America Miss Michigan
1966 Miss America Miss Iowa
Miss Pennsylvania
1967 Miss America
Miss Universe

Miss California
1968 Miss America
Miss Universe
Miss U.S.A.


Miss California
1969 Miss America
Miss Universe
America's Junior Miss


Miss California
Miss Michigan
Miss Ohio
Miss Oregon
Miss Pennsylvania
1970 Miss America (2)
Miss U.S.A.
Miss Universe
America's Junior Miss



Miss California
Miss Illinois
Miss Michigan
Miss Ohio
Miss Philadelphia
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Box 2
Date Major Pageants Preliminary Pageants
1970 (cont.)
1971
America's Junior Miss (cont.)
Miss Universe
Miss U.S.A.
America's Junior Miss
Miss Texas

Miss Arizona
Miss California
Miss Greater Philadelphia
Miss Louisiana
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Texas
Miss Wisconsin
1972 Miss America Miss Arizona
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Louisiana
Miss Missouri
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Texas
Miss Wisconsin
1973 America's Junior Miss Miss California
Miss Indiana
Miss New Jersey
Miss New York State
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Box 3
Date Major Pageants Preliminary Pageants
1973 (cont.)

1974
America's Junior Miss

Miss America
Miss Texas
Miss Wisconsin
Miss California
Miss Louisiana
Miss New Jersey
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Texas
Miss Wisconsin
1975   Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Louisiana
Miss New Jersey
Miss New York State
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Texas
Miss Wisconsin
Box 4
Date Major Pageants Preliminary Pageants
1976 Miss America Miss Arkansas
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Louisiana
Miss Missouri
Miss New Jersey
Miss New York State
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Tennessee
Miss Texas
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
1977 Miss America Miss Alabama
Miss Arkansas
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Louisiana
Miss Minnesota
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Box 5
Date Major Pageants Preliminary Pageants
1977 (cont.) Miss America (cont.) Miss Tennessee
Miss Texas
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
1978 Miss America Miss Arkansas
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Minnesota
Miss New Jersey
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Texas
1979 Miss America Miss Alabama
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Indiana
Miss Michigan
Miss Oklahoma
Miss Oregon
Box 6
Date Major Pageants Preliminary Pageants
1979 (cont.) Miss America (cont.) Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Tennessee
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
1980 Miss America Miss California
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Tennessee
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
1981 Miss America Miss Alabama
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Wisconsin
1982   Miss Arkansas
Miss California
Miss Ohio
Box 7
Date Major Pageants Preliminary Pageants
1982 (cont.)   Miss Texas
Miss Wisconsin
1983   Miss California
Miss Ohio
Miss Tennessee
Miss Texas
Miss Wisconsin
1984   Miss California
Miss Ohio
Miss Texas
1985   Miss California
Miss Ohio
Box 8
Date Major Pageants Preliminary Pageants
1985 (cont.)   Miss Texas
1986   Miss California
Miss Ohio
Miss Texas
1987   Miss Ohio
1988   Miss Ohio

Photo Albums

These photo albums contain what appear to be photographs taken of each of the top ten Miss America contestants for each year represented. There are a number of group photos as well as photos of the contestants out and about in Atlantic City.

Box 1
Album Year Title
1 1970 Miss America
Miss South Carolina
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Florida
Miss Indiana
  1971 Miss America
2 1970 Miss California
Miss Michigan
Miss Wisconsin
Miss Delaware
Miss Ohio
Miss Mississippi
Miss Utah
Miss Nevada
3 1970 Miss Nevada
Miss West Virginia
Miss Virginia
Miss South Dakota
Miss Massachusetts
Miss Maine
Miss Minnesota
Miss New Hampshire
4 1972
1971
Miss Idaho
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Massachusetts
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
Miss Arizona
Miss Tennessee
Miss Colorado
Box 2
Album Year Title
5 1972 Miss New York
Miss California
Miss New Jersey
Miss Connecticut
Miss Maryland
Miss Oklahoma
Miss Utah
Miss Florida
Miss Louisiana
6 1972
1973
1972
Miss America
Miss America
Miss North Carolina
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Texas
Miss Indiana
Miss Ohio
Miss New York
7 1973 Miss Texas
Miss Washington
Miss Florida
Miss Utah
Miss Connecticut
Miss Kentucky
Miss New York
Miss Virginia
8 1974
1973
Miss America
Miss Wisconsin
Miss New Jersey
Miss Louisiana
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss California
Miss Illinois
Miss Oklahoma
Box 3
Album Year Title
9 1972
1973


1974
1973
1974
Miss South Carolina
Miss Tennessee
Miss West Virginia
Miss Missouri
Miss New Mexico
Miss South Carolina
Miss West Virginia
Miss North Carolina
10 1974 Miss Indiana
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss New Jersey
Miss Wisconsin
Miss Florida
Miss Georgia
Miss Ohio
11 1975
1974
Miss America
Miss California
Miss Illinois
Miss Kentucky
Miss Louisiana
Miss Tennessee
Miss Indiana
12 1974



1975

1974
1975
Miss Iowa
Miss Wyoming
Miss Maryland
Miss South Carolina
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Missouri
Miss New York
Miss Massachusetts
Box 4
Album Year Title
13 1976
1975
Miss America
Miss North Carolina
Miss California
Miss Ohio
Miss Arizona
Miss Florida
Miss Texas
Miss South Carolina
14 1975


1976



1977
Miss Arkansas
Miss Wisconsin
Miss Louisiana
Miss North Carolina
Miss Maryland
Miss Ohio
Miss New Jersey
Miss North Carolina
15 1977
1976
Miss America
Miss South Carolina
Miss Texas
Miss California
Miss New York
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Virginia
Miss Delaware
Box 5
Album Year Title
16 1978
1977




1972
Miss America
Miss Indiana
Miss South Carolina
Miss New Jersey
Miss Florida
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss America
17 1979
1978

1977




1980
1979

1970-72
Miss America Miss Alabama
Miss Georgia
Miss Ohio
Miss Texas
Miss Tennessee
Miss California
Miss Nebraska
Miss New York
Miss America
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss North Carolina
Miscellaneous Photos of Pageant

Scrapbooks

These scrapbooks include newspaper articles and photographs of Miss America Pageant contestants in their home state, their arrival at the pageant, what the special interest categories are, past winners and where they are now, and the winners of the individual categories. There are also photos that chronicle the pageant's activities; including parades, the boardwalk parade, and the pageant competition itself.

Box 1
Scrapbook Years Represented
1 1923 thru 1927
2 1960 thru 1969
3 1970 thru 1971
4 1921 thru 1925
5 Cut outs of Beauties
Box 2
Scrapbook Years Represented
6 1971 thru 1972
7 1972 thru 1973
8 1973 thru 1974
9 1974 thru 1975
Box 3
Scrapbook Years Represented
10 1975 thru 1976
11 1976 thru 1977
12 1977 thru 1978
13 1978 thru 1979
Box 4
Scrapbook Years Represented
14 1979 thru 1980