University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Liz Smith Papers, 1982-2009



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Smith, Liz, 1923-
Title: Smith, Liz, Papers
Dates: 1982-2009
Abstract: The Liz Smith Papers, 1982-2009, document her career as a gossip columnist for several prominent New York City newspapers and the development of her books. The collection contains original newsprint and typewritten columns published in the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Newsday, and the New York Post, materials related to Smith’s books Natural Blonde and Dishing, books by other authors, publicity and event files, charity files, scrapbooks about her career, and audiocassette interviews conducted by Smith with celebrities.
Accession No.: 2009-030; 2009-035; 2009-046; 2009-058; 2009-310; 2010-066; 2010-082; 2010-088; 2010-108; 2010-120; 2010-135; 2010-138; 2010-142
Extent: ca. 28 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Gossip columnist Liz Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism in 1949. After moving to New York City, she worked as a producer for Mike Wallace on CBS Radio and as a news producer for NBC-TV. In the 1960s, she was entertainment editor for Cosmopolitan magazine and for Sports Illustrated. Smith began writing her self-titled gossip column for the New York Daily News in 1976, and three years later she started an eleven-year stint on Live at Five, a celebrity news show on WNBC in NYC. In 1991, Smith moved her column to Newsday, leaving four years later for the New York Post. Her column was discontinued in 2009, but Smith continues to write online for "wowOwow.com: Women on the Web", a website focusing on women’s issues which she co-founded with The Women on the Net, Inc., in 2008.

Sources:

Smith, Liz. "Liz Smith | wowOwow." The Women on the Net, Inc. http://www.wowowow.com/users/liz (accessed June 28, 2010).

Smith, Liz. Natural Blonde: A Memoir. New York: Hyperion, 2000.


Scope and Contents

The Liz Smith Papers, 1982-2009, document her career as a gossip columnist for several prominent New York City newspapers and the development of her books. The collection contains original newsprint and typewritten columns published in the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Newsday, and the New York Post, materials related to Smith’s books Natural Blonde and Dishing, books by other authors, publicity and event files, charity files, scrapbooks about her career, and audiocassette interviews conducted by Smith with celebrities.

For a complete listing of audiocassette interviews, contact repository for list in holding record.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Smith, Liz, 1923- -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
New York post.
Daily news (New York, N.Y. : 1920)
Newsday (Hempstead, N.Y.)
Subjects
Gossip columnists -- United States.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Liz Smith Papers, 1982-2009, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

Collection contains unprocessed materials.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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