Browne Popular Culture Library

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.

This collection is stored off-site.  Allow a few days before viewing this collection for retrieval from off-site location.

Inventory

  • 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
DateMajor PageantsPreliminary Pageants
1959Miss America 
1960Miss America 
1961Miss America 
1962Miss America 
1963Miss America 
1964Miss America 
1965Miss AmericaMiss Michigan
1966Miss AmericaMiss Iowa
Miss Pennsylvania
1967Miss America
Miss Universe

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


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


Miss California
Miss Michigan
Miss Ohio
Miss Oregon
Miss Pennsylvania
1970Miss 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
DateMajor PageantsPreliminary 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
1972Miss AmericaMiss Arizona
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Lousiana
Miss Missouri
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Texas
Miss Wisconsin
1973America's Junior MissMiss California
Miss Indiana
Miss New Jersey
Miss New York State
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Box 3
DateMajor PageantsPreliminary 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
DateMajor PageantsPreliminary Pageants
1976Miss AmericaMiss Arkansas
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Louisiana
Miss Missouri
Miss New Jersey
Miss New York State
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Tennesse
Miss Texas
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
1977Miss AmericaMiss Alabama
Miss Arkansas
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Louisiana
Miss Minnesota
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Box 5
DateMajor PageantsPreliminary Pageants
1977 (cont.)Miss America (cont.)Miss Tennessee
Miss Texas
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
1978Miss AmericaMiss Arkansas
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Minnesota
Miss New Jersey
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Texas
1979Miss AmericaMiss Alabama
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Indiana
Miss Michigan
Miss Oklahoma
Miss Oregon
Box 6
DateMajor PageantsPreliminary Pageants
1979 (cont.)Miss America (cont.)Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Tennessee
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
1980Miss AmericaMiss California
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss South Carolina
Miss Tennessee
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
1981Miss AmericaMiss Alabama
Miss California
Miss Florida
Miss Ohio
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Wisconsin
1982 Miss Arkansas
Miss California
Miss Ohio
Box 7
DateMajor PageantsPreliminary 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
DateMajor PageantsPreliminary Pageants
1985 (cont.) Miss Texas
1986 Miss California
Miss Ohio
Miss Texas
1987 Miss Ohio
1988 Miss Ohio
 

Photo Albums

These photo albums contain very similar photographs taken of each of the Miss America contestants. There are a number of groups photos as well as photos of the contestants out and about in Atlantic City.

BoxAlbumYearTitle
111970Miss America
Miss South Carolina
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Florida
Miss Indiana
  1971Miss America
 21970Miss California
Miss Michigan
Miss Wisconsin
Miss Delaware
Miss Ohio
Miss Mississippi
Miss Utah
Miss Nevada
 31970Miss Nevada
Miss West Virginia
Miss Virginia
Miss South Dakota
Miss Massachusetts
Miss Maine
Miss Minnesota
Miss New Hampshire
 41972
1971
Miss Idaho
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Massachusetts
Miss Virginia
Miss Wisconsin
Miss Arizona
Miss Tennessee
Miss Colorado
251972Miss New York
Miss California
Miss New Jersey
Miss Connecticut
Miss Maryland
Miss Oklahoma
Miss Utah
Miss Florida
Miss Louisiana
 61972
1973
1972
Miss America
Miss America
Miss North Carolina
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Texas
Miss Indiana
Miss Ohio
Miss New York
 71973Miss Texas
Miss Washington
Miss Florida
Miss Utah
Miss Connecticut
Miss Kentucky
Miss New York
Miss Virginia
 81974
1973
Miss America
Miss Wisconsin
Miss New Jersey
Miss Louisiana
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss California
Miss Illinois
Miss Oklahoma
391972
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
 101974Miss Indiana
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss New Jersey
Miss Wisconsin
Miss Florida
Miss Georgia
Miss Ohio
 111975
1974
Miss America
Miss California
Miss Illinois
Miss Kentucky
Miss Louisiana
Miss Tennessee
Miss Indiana
 121974



1975

1974
1975
Miss Iowa
Miss Wyoming
Miss Maryland
Miss South Carolina
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Missouri
Miss New York
Miss Massachusetts
4131976
1975
Miss America
Miss North Carolina
Miss California
Miss Ohio
Miss Arizona
Miss Florida
Miss Texas
Miss South Carolina
 141975


1976



1977
Miss Arkansas
Miss Wisconsin
Miss Louisiana
Miss North Carolina
Miss Maryland
Miss Ohio
Miss New Jersey
Miss North Carolina
 151977
1976
Miss America
Miss South Carolina
Miss Texas
Miss California
Miss New York
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss Virginia
Miss Delaware
5161978
1977




1972
Miss America
Miss Indiana
Miss South Carolina
Miss New Jersey
Miss Florida
Miss Pennsylvania
Miss America
 171979
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 of Miss America Pageant Newspaper Articles and Photographs

These scrapbooks include newspaper articles of 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.

BoxScrap BookYears Represented
111923 thru 1927
 21960 thru 1969
 31970 thru 1971
 41921 thru 1925
 5Cut outs of Beauties
261971 thru 1972
 71972 thru 1973
 81973 thru 1974
 91974 thru 1975
3101975 thru 1976
 111976 thru 1977
 121977 thru 1978
 131978 thru 1979
4141979 thru 1980