A0005 – Miss Boynton Beach Pageant Collection

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A0005 – Miss Boynton Beach Pageant Collection


Title: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant Collection
 Date span: 1966-1976                
 Physical description: 2 linear feet (2 boxes + one oversized folder) 
 Language note: Materials entirely in English 



Restriction on access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to complete a registration form and comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Related Material: Additional information relating to the Miss Boynton Beach Pageant Collection is available in the A0018 Boynton Junior Woman’s Club Collection.

Acquisition information: Gift of Judith Sanders (2015.013)

Custodial history: Donated to the Boynton Cultural Centre (14 July 20014); transferred to BBCL 17 August 2015.

Preferred Citation: Collection title including series, box, and item numbers, Boynton Beach City Library Local History Archive.



Historical Note: 
The Miss Boynton Beach Pageant began in 1964, initially sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and directed by the Junior Women’s Club; later the pageant was affiliated only with the Junior Women’s Club. Contestants in the Miss Boynton Beach Pageant were sponsored by local civic organizations. Qualifications for entrants specified that the girls must be 18 to 28 years old, a high school graduate, and a resident in Boynton Beach or neighboring communities for at least six months. Entrants were to be “of good character” and have never been married. They were to possess the qualities of intelligence, poise, personality, charm, and beauty. Each contestant performed a three minute talent routine which could include singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, dramatic presentation, art display, dress designing, or a talk on their future career. The competitors were judged in three categories:  swimsuits, evening gowns, and talent.

Prizes for the winners included a scholarship and a trip to compete in the Miss Florida Pageant held in June. There were first through fourth runners-up and a Miss Congeniality, all of whom won prize, chiefly a scholarship or savings bonds.

The Miss Boynton Beach pageant replaced the Miss Gulfstream Mermaid pageant, which was also sponsored by the Chamber and was tied to a fishing tournament. 

Scope and Content Note: 
Collection includes programs (1966-1976), scripts for the event (1967, 1968, 1971), clippings (1966-1968), and a poster (1968?).

Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club--Archives
Miss Boynton Beach Pageant--Archives
Beauty contests
Florida--Boynton Beach
Boynton Beach (Fla.)--History--Archives
fonds (collections)
archival materials

Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically by record type. The collection consists of four series: 

  • Series 1 includes the Miss Boynton Beach Pageant programs printed for the event.  The Miss Boynton Beach Pageant was a Miss America preliminary local pageant and the programs contain material about the previous years’ Miss America competitions in Atlantic City as well as information about the local contestants and local advertising. 
  • Series 2 consists of three formats and scripts for the pageant; the 1967 script is annotated with production notes.
  • Series 3 is three issues of the Boynton Beach Star (1966, 1967, and 1968) and an album of newspaper clippings from the 1968 pageant season. The clippings are loosely arranged chronologically and then by newspaper.
  • Series 4 is an oversized 1968 poster and is stored separately. It depicts the 1968 Miss America and gives information for the location and time of the Miss Boynton Beach Pageant.  

Processing Information: Collection processed 2013 by Susan Swiatosz.
Date of finding aid: March 2019/gc



Series 1:    Programs
    Box 1:
        Folder 1: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1966
        Folder 2: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1967
        Folder 3: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1968
        Folder 4: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1969
        Folder 5: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1970
        Folder 6: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1971
        Folder 7: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1972
        Folder 8: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1973
        Folder 9: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1974
        Folder 10: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1975
        Folder 11: Miss Boynton Beach Pageant program, 1976

Series 2:    Formats and scripts
    Box 1:    
        Folder 12: “It’s More Than a Pageant” [format and] script, 1967
        Folder 13: “Over the Rainbow” format and script, 1968
        Folder 14: “Storybook Dreams” format and script, 1971

Series 3:    Newspaper clippings
    Box 2:
        Item 1:    Boynton Beach Star, 1966 March 17
        Item 2:    Boynton Beach Star, 1967 March 2
        Item 3:    Boynton Beach Star, 1968 February 29
        Item 4:    Album: “Press Book”, 1968, contains newspaper clippings

Series 4:    Promotional material

        Item 1:     Poster: “Miss Boynton Beach Pageant, Boynton Beach Elementary School, March 2, 8:00PM, Tickets $1.25, Sponsored by Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club, Pepsi® Scholarships at State Finals, An Official Miss America Pageant” with photo of reigning Miss America (1968) Debra Barnes from Moran, Kansas. (laminated, 14” x 22.25”)