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Greater Los Angeles Press Club Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Greater Los Angeles Press Club Collection, 1948-1999Save to your list.

ID: URB/GLAPC

Primary Creator: Greater Los Angeles Press Club (1900-)

Extent: 9.67 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Files, 1948-1999

Series II: Annual Publication, 1957-1993

Series III: Monthly Newsletter, 1953-1999

Date Acquired: 00/00/1999. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Farr, William T., Freedom of the press - United States - Cases, Greater Los Angeles Press Club, The 8-Ball

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

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.

Biographical Note

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.

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 club's president during this period was Dick Turpin (1919-2010), who spent 41 years with the Los Angeles Times, was a longtime board member of the GLPC, and was part of Watts Riot coverage team that won a Pulitzer Prize.

In the late 1990s, club president Bill Rosendahl recruited young working journalists to the club, many of whom he was able to persuade to run for the elected Board of Directors, and in subsequent years membership revived.

The Greater Los Angeles Press Club has sponsored numerous seminars, Town Hall gatherings, and social events featuring prominent figures in politics, culture, and the film industry. The Club has launched outreach efforts to international, minority, freelance, and gay journalists, and its International Journalists Caucus is rapidly expanding. "One of the club's most serious missions is to persuade local governments to obey existing California laws by opening up public meetings and public documents to journalists and the public. The club is directing this effort via its Sunshine Coalition, which has already achieved moderate success in educating the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to stop violating the Brown Act, the state's open meeting law."

In 2003, the GLAPC was granted non-profit status, reflecting their efforts to provide public service events, and in 2005 they moved to an office above the Steve Allen Theater.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Farr, William T.
Freedom of the press - United States - Cases
Greater Los Angeles Press Club
The 8-Ball

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 2010

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Greater Los Angeles Press Club

Related Materials: Agness M. Underwood Collection

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: April Feldman and Jackie Zak, February 2010

Finding Aid Revision History:

Bryan Morrison, June 2011

Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012


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[Series I: Administrative Files, 1948-1999]
[Series II: Annual Publication, 1957-1993]
[Series III: Monthly Newsletter, 1953-1999],
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Series II: Annual Publication, 1957-1993Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 8: 8 Ball Final, 1957Save to your list.
Folder 9: 8 Ball Final, 1959Save to your list.
Folder 10: 8 Ball Final, 1960Save to your list.
Folder 11: 8 Ball Final, 1961Save to your list.
Folder 12: 8 Ball Final, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 13: 8 Ball Final, 1964Save to your list.
Folder 14: 8 Ball Final, 1965Save to your list.
Folder 15: 8 Ball Final, 1966Save to your list.
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Folder 1: 8 Ball Final, 1967Save to your list.
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Folder 3: 8 Ball Final, 1969Save to your list.
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Folder 5: 8 Ball Final, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 6: 8 Ball Final, 1973Save to your list.
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Folder 1: 8 Ball Final, 1984Save to your list.
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Folder 4: 8 Ball Final, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 5: 8 Ball Final, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 6: 8 Ball Final, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 7: 8 Ball Final, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 8: 8 Ball Final: Annual Report, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 9: 35th Annual Journalism Awards: Program, 1993 March 25Save to your list.
Folder 10: Headliners Award: Program, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 11: Headliners Award: Program, 1989Save to your list.

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