The Greater Los Angeles Press Club Collection primarily consists of newsletters from the 1950s through the 1980s. In addition to these newsletters, the collection also includes office documents related to the arrest of journalist William Farr, following his refusal to reveal his source of information regarding the ongoing Charles Manson trial in the early 1970s, as well as correspondence between the Press Club and its members dealing with First Amendment issues: free press, the right of the people to know, and the rights of newsmen to protect their sources. There is also correspondence pertaining to the Press Club's annual Headliner Awards ceremony. The collection is arranged into three series: Administrative Files (1948-1999), Annual Publication (1957-1993), and Monthly Newsletter (1953-1999).
Series I, Administrative Files, consists of articles, correspondence, and newspaper clippings related to the arrest of journalist William Farr following his refusal to reveal his source of information concerning the ongoing Manson trial in the early 1970s. The bulk of this material dates from 1972 to 1973. There is additional correspondence between the Press Club and its members and a large selection of newspaper clippings dealing with the Farr arrest and freedom of the press in general. Three large format photographs unrelated to the Farr case have been added to this series. Materials are filed alphabetically.
Series II, Annual Publication, consists of issues of 8 Ball Final. The series also includes programs from the 35th Annual Journalism Awards (1993), and the 1988 and 1989 Headliners Award. Materials are arranged alphabetically and chronologically within.
Series III, Monthly Newsletter, includes issues of The 8 Ball, which are arranged by quarter and include the annual "Headliner" issues, spanning from 1953 to 1999.