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The Miss America Pageant has been covered extensively in newspapers and other periodicals, especially in East Coast publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Atlantic City Press has provided extensive coverage of the Pageant since its inception, and this coverage is available in its archives. Other weekly or monthly publications, such as Time, Life, Newsweek, and Ebony, and women’s magazines, including Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, and Ms, provide additional sources of information about and media representations of the Miss America Pageant.
Life magazine's "Miss America 1945" exhibit: http://life.time.com/culture/miss-america-1945-rare-photos-from-the-old-school-jersey-shore/#1