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Alicia Patterson scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0939

Content Description

This collection contains a scrapbook and several loose photos of Alicia Patterson, the journalist founder of Newsday and one of the first women pilots. The album is focused on Patterson's early years as an aviator, containing photographs, cartoons, and news clippings both by and about Patterson. A few articles from Liberty magazine by Patterson are on other topics, such as fox hunting and women shoplifters.


  • Creation: 1928-1933

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Alicia Patterson (1906-1963) was a journalist known for having founded the Long Island-based newspaper Newsday with her third husband, Frank Guggenheim. She ran the newspaper for the rest of her life. Her family worked in the newspaper business; her father, Joseph Medill Patterson, founded the New York Daily News, her paternal grandfather and uncle ran the Chicago Tribune, and her aunt ran the Washington Times Herald. In her early life, she apprenticed as a journalist at her family's publications, New York Daily News and Liberty magazine.

She began learning to fly in 1928 and in 1929 became the 10th woman in the United States to earn a transport pilot's license.

Sources: 1. Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Alicia Patterson." Encyclopedia Britannica, April 24, 2024.

2. Casey, M. (2016, August 26). A pioneering female newspaper publisher in a male-dominated world - The Washington Post. The Washington Post.

3. Alicia Patterson scrapbook, MS-0939, Special Collections, The Johns Hopkins University.

Biographical / Historical

No information is known about the creator of this album. It may have been Alicia Patterson or someone close to her, but the photographs all appear to be press photos and the clippings are, of course, material that was available to the public.


0.14 Cubic Feet (1 flat box (14.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches))

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This collection contains a scrapbook and several loose photos of Alicia Patterson, the journalist founder of Newsday and one of the first women pilots.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Keith DeLellis Gallery in February 2023.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in May 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

Guide to the Alicia Patterson scrapbook
Jenelle Clark
May 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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