Consists of a portion of William Randolph Hearst's business and personal office files primarily for the years 1927-1929, 1937-1938,
and 1944-1947. The papers present an overview of of Hearst's newspaper empire and his management and editorial styles; provide
a glimpse into his filmmaking; and an incomplete picture of his acquisitions of antiques, art, and property. Also includes
a small amount of correspondence with architect Julia Morgan and builder George Loorz about the construction of Hearst Castle.
The bulk of the collection concerns the editorial management of his newspapers, magazines, and related companies.
William Randolph Hearst, a flamboyant, highly controversial American journalist, publisher, and politician, was born in San
Francisco on April 29, 1893. After a stint at Harvard, his father gave him the newspaper, San Francisco Examiner, to run. He experimented profitably with eye-catching pictures, screaming typography, and earthy, mass-appeal news coverage.
His purchase of the New York Morning Journal in 1895, instigated a bitter war with the other New York City journals. Hearst provided aggressive news coverage while increasing
the paper's size and slashing prices to a penny. By luring employees from other papers with higher salaries and greater prestige,
he built an impressive roster of editors, publishers, and reporters. By the 1930s, he controlled the largest publishing empire
in the United States, including twenty-eight newspapers, the Cosmopolitan Picture Studio, radio stations, and nine magazines.
His deep personal interest day-by-day in the coverage, layout and competitive quality of his publishing interests kept his
editors constantly on their toes.
Number of containers: 14 boxes, 46 cartons, 8 oversize folders, 9 oversize boxes
Linear feet: 66
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