Finding Aid for the Peggy Hamilton Adams Papers LSC.1373
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Title: Peggy Hamilton Adams papers
Adams, Peggy Hamilton
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1373
29.0 linear feet
(58 boxes and 57 oversize boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1911-1976
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.
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Language of Material: Materials are in English.
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[Identification of item], Peggy Hamilton Adams Papers (Collection 1373). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Peggy Hamilton Adams, bequest, 1984.
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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 fasion 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 Kindom 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.
Online Items Available
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Socialites -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives.
Fashion editors -- Archives.
Adams, Peggy Hamilton--Archives.
Beckman Fur Advertisements
Paste-ups and printed ads,
Los Angeles Times Fashion Page
1924, 1925 and 1927.
1928, 1930 and 1933.
January-June 1933 and July-December 1931.
Los Angeles Times Fashion
Scrapbooks, copy of celebrities,
Fancy and Period Costumes
Scrapbook no.23, also hostess book no.2.
Honeymoon Trip to East Coast
San Francisco Automobile Show, Fashion Pageant
Scrapbook--Radio scripts, primarily KHJ.
Miscellaneous newspapers and news clippings.
Drawings and photographs.
Key to city of San Francisco,
January 27, 1931.
PH's First Annual Biltmore Fashion Pageant
box 37, box 38
News clippings, printed papers, etc.
box 41, box 42, box 43
Photographs, news clippings, etc.
Talkback records (for sending messages via records) - 3 boxes.
Magazines, news clippings.
Scrapbook, magazines, letters, envelope of damaged photographs.
Photographs, clippings and memorabilia,
box 61, 63 - 66, 68, 77, 79-81, 84-88, 91-92, 97-115
box 62, 67, 69-75, 78, 82-83, 90, 98,
Photographs and Miscellaneous,
Radio scripts and Peggy mine sheet music,
Radio scripts and film magazines,