Agness M. Underwood Collection, 1916-1992

Title: Agness M. Underwood Collection, 1916-1992
Extent: 30.2 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1949-1980
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Agness Underwood was a Los Angeles newspaper woman for forty-two years. During the 1930s and 1940s she was one of the city's best-known court and police reporters. In 1947, she became city editor of the Herald Express, a post she held for seventeen and a half years. During that time, she was the only woman city editor of a major American metropolitan newspaper. No man had ever held the job more than four years, and during her editorship she helped push the Herald's circulation up over 700,000, which made it the largest afternoon daily in the West at that time. The Agness M. Underwood Collection consists predominantly of articles, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, speeches, typescripts, and galley proofs for her book Newspaperwoman, which combine to document both her journalistic work and family life.
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Finding Aid with Box List
Series I: Biographical Records, 1929-1984
Series II: Correspondence, 1927-1983
Series III: Newspaperwoman, 1949
Series IV: Personal and Family Papers, 1916-1992
Series V: Published Material, 1903-1983
Series VI: Non-Manuscript Material, 1920-1989