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. Other material in the collection includes certificates, greeting cards, memorabilia, oral history and video tape interviews, memoranda, notes, a series of publications including the Eight Ball Final and Just One More, a record album, and related biographical items. The collection has been divided into six series: Biographical Records (1929-1985), Correspondence (1930-1982), Newspaperwoman (1949), Personal and Family Papers (1916-1992), Published Material (1922-1983), and Non-Manuscript Material (1920-1989).
Series I, Biographical Records, contains awards, indexes, memos, newspaper clippings, news articles, notes, resolutions, speeches, and related items of a biographical nature. The files are arranged alphabetically by type of material.
Series II, Correspondence, has been divided into two subseries. Subseries A, Chronological (1930-1981), is correspondence filed chronologically, and Subseries B, Alphabetical (1941-1982), is correspondence filed alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Series III, Newspaperwoman, contains articles, newspaper clippings, and reviews of Underwood's book, Newspaperwoman. The series also contains the galley proofs and a typescript of the book. Arrangement is by nature of the material.
Series IV, Personal and Family Papers, includes an address book, family correspondence, libel suit documents, newspaper clippings, property documents, radio scripts, and family memorabilia. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series V, Published Material, includes three subseries: Subseries A, Newspaper Clippings (1922-1983), consists of newspaper clippings arranged alphabetically by author and chronologically thereafter. Subseries B, Other Publications (1932-1982), contains other publications written by or about Underwood’s work, arranged alphabetically by article title. Subseries C, "World Famed Hollywood was Formerly an Incorporated City," (1953), consists of reproduced materials and research related to the incorporation of the City of Hollywood and is arranged alphabetically by creator.
Series VI, Non-Manuscript Material, includes audio tapes (4) of an interview given by Underwood and music by Ray Underwood, which were removed from the manuscript material and placed in the Audiovisual Collection. A transcript of the Underwood interview is filed separately. This series also includes photographs, records, 16mm film shorts, video tapes, a name plate, Underwood’s typewriters, and transparencies.