Lonora Slaughter directed the Miss America beauty pageant from 1935-1967, and is credited with modernizing it and making numerous changes in the pageant's format.
The collection contains Lenora Slaughter's personal papers, which include her wedding album and personal photograph albums, greeting cards and photographs; and papers documenting her directorship of the pageant. These include programs, photographs, memoranda, correspondence, manuals, scholarship information, articles and clippings, publications, and a reel of film. Some papers relate to her post-retirement years, during which she retained close ties to the pageant.
Lenora Slaughter Papers, 1935-2003, Archives Center, National Museum of American History