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Finding Aid for the Peggy Hamilton Adams papers, 1911-1976
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  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Peggy Hamilton Adams papers
    Date (inclusive): 1911-1976
    Collection number: 1373
    Creator: Adams, Peggy Hamilton
    Extent: 58 boxes (29.0 linear ft.) 57 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Peggy Hamilton Adams was a fashion designer, editor of the Los Angeles Times rotogravure fashion page (1921-34) and a host for local radio programs (1929-33) that dealt with fashion concerns of the modern woman. The collection consists of materials related to Hamilton's career as designer, fashion editor, and socialite.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Peggy Hamilton Adams, bequest, 1984.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Charlotte Payne, Lilace Hatayama and Dydia DeLyser, February 1989.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Peggy Hamilton Adams papers (Collection Number 1373). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230296 

    Biography/History

    Born Mae Bedloe Armstrong, Hamilton began work as a costume designer; at Triangle film company, she designed for such stars as Mr. Julian Eltinge and Gloria Swanson; she worked at the Los Angeles Times as editor of its rotogravure fashion page (1921-34); known as Hollywood's dictator of fashions, she featured such celebrities as Gloria Swanson, Myrna Loy, Norma Shearer, Delores Del Rio, Joan Crawford, Betty Davis, and Greta Garbo posed in gowns by designers such as Adrian, Travis Banton, and Howard Greer; Hamilton promoted Los Angeles as the Paris of America in many fashion shows, including the first fashion show in an airplane (1928); she was appointed official hostess of Los Angeles County by then Supervisor Frank L. Shaw (1931) and was named Queen of Olympias of the Mythical Kingdom of Olympia in an effort to publicize the 1932 Olympic Games; she hosted local radio programs (1929-33) dealing with fashion concerns of the modern woman.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to Hamilton's career as designer, fashion editor, and socialite. Includes paste-ups, scrapbooks, photographs, various issues of the Los Angeles Times fashion page, clippings, printed ads, radio scripts, and ephemera.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Adams, Peggy Hamilton--Archives.
    Fashion editors--Archival resources.
    Socialites--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Scrapbooks.
    Mechanicals.
    Photographs.