• IdentificationMidwest MS Winakor
  • TitleInventory of the Bess Winakor Papers, 1967-1977 Midwest.MS.Winakor
  • PublisherThe Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts
  • RepositoryThe Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts
  • Physical Description7.0 linear feet (2 boxes, 44 oversize volumes)
  • Date1967-1977
  • Location1 36 4
  • AbstractNewspaper articles and story files of Bess Winakor, Chicago correspondent for Women's Wear Daily, 1967-1974, and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, 1974-1978. Includes background materials, interview notes, and dispatches for stories about Hugh Hefner, Judge Julius Hoffman and Pat Nixon, materials from trips to Iran in 1976, and Washington D.C. in 1977 for the Carter inauguration, as well as scrapbooks containing her articles for Women's Wear Daily, the Chicago Sun-Times, W, and Home Furnishings Daily.
  • OriginationWinakor, Bess, 1942-2007

Gift of Polly Pancoe, 2009.

The Bess Winakor Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

The Bess Winakor Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Bess Winakor Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Kelly Kress, 2009.

This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chicago fashion correspondent and reporter.

Bess Winakor was born March 17, 1942, in Champaign, Illinois. She attended Northwestern University and graduated with degrees in Home Economics and Journalism. She began writing for Home Furnishings Daily in 1967, and continued as a fashion correspondent for Women's Wear Daily from 1967-1974, W (a Women's Wear Daily magazine) from 1972-1973, and the Chicago Sun-Times from 1974-1978. Winakor also worked as a publicist for over 25 years as head of Bess Winakor Communications, with clients in the fashion, restaurant, and entertainment industries, as well as the arts and charities. Winakor died November 13, 2007.

Newspaper articles and story files of Bess Winakor, Chicago correspondent for Women's Wear Daily, 1967-1974, and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, 1974-1978. Includes background materials, interview notes, and dispatches for stories about Hugh Hefner, Judge Julius Hoffman and Pat Nixon, materials from a 1976 trip to Iran and the 1977 Carter inauguration, as well as scrapbooks containing her articles for Women's Wear Daily, the Chicago Sun-Times, W, and Home Furnishings Daily.

Papers are organized in the following series:

Title Box Series 1: Story Files, 1967-1977 Box 1 Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1967-1977 Volumes 1-39

  • Names
    • Carter, Jimmy, 1924- -- Inauguration, 1977
    • Chicago sun-times.
    • Hefner, Hugh M., (Hugh Marston), 1926-
    • Hoffman, Julius J., (Julius Jennings), 1895-1983
    • Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993
    • Winakor, Bess, 1942-2007
  • Subject
    • Chicago
    • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • Newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc. -- Fashion
    • Women
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Iran -- Description and travel
    • Iran -- Social conditions -- 20th century