Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Lenora Slaughter Papers

Collection ID:
Slaughter, Lenora, 1906-2001
Physical Description:
6 Cubic feet
The collection consists of Lenora Slaughter's personal papers dating from 1935-2001. Materials primarily document her reign as director of the pageant, post-retirement activities, and other beauty pageants.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Collection documents Lenora Slaughter's reign as director of the Miss America pageant. It consists of official pageant materials, such as programs, photographs, internal memos, correspondence, manuals, scholarship information, newspaper clippings, publications, and a reel of film. There is a small amount of information relating to her private life and post-retirement activities. Materials relating to other pageants can also be found among these materials.

Collection is arranged into fivesix series.
Series 1, Personal Papers, 1936-1967, undated
Series 2, Professional Materials, 1935-1995, undated
Series 3, Miss America Pageant, 1945-1996, undated
Series 4, Photographs, 1951, undated
Series 5, Bradford Frapart Papers, 1954-1969

Vanessa Broussard-Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection purchased from David Slaughter, great nephew of Lenora Slaughter, in 2011.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Sarah Gediman, intern, 2019; Julia Gibson, intern, 2019; Savannah Hildre, intern, 2019; Lauren Janik, intern, 2019; supervised by Vanessa Broussard- Simmons, archivist, 2019.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Preferred Citation
Archives Center, Lenora Slaughter Papers, National Museum of American History

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
Miss America 1951 Papers (NMAH.AC.0888)
Jean Bartel Miss America 1943 Photographs (NMAH.AC.0902)

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