The Greater Los Angeles Press Club was
formed following World War II. The Club operated a café and cocktail lounge for their
members from 1960 through the 1980s, but as interest in gathering there waned, offices were
leased instead. During the early 1970s the Press Club actively defended freedom of the press
and the rights of newsmen, protesting the arrest of journalist William Farr. The collection
consists of newsletters and administrative files generated by the Greater Los Angeles Press
Club, which document such events as the arrest of journalist William Farr during the Charles
Manson trial in the early 1970s, correspondence regarding numerous First Amendment issues,
and the club's annual Headliner Awards ceremony.
Founded just after 1900, the Los Angeles Press Club was initially located at 327 South Hill
Street where it served as a gathering spot for local journalists. The club shut down during
the Great Depression, but following World War II the Greater Los Angeles Press Club was
formed: "On September 24, 1946, newsmen from the surviving four daily newspapers founded the
Greater Los Angeles Press Club. Since Los Angeles Press Club was taken by a nightclub we
became the Greater…The nightclub is no longer around and we have reposessed [sic] our real
name." The Club operated a café and cocktail lounge for their members from 1960 through the
1980s, but as interest in gathering there waned, offices were leased instead.
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