Until the 1980s the USA state titles were sometimes referred to as "Miss State Universe" rather than "Miss State USA". All the images come from newspapers available through the Google News Archive, hence the variation in image quality. I have noted the publication date & caption for each photo.

I will be keeping this gallery exclusively for old newspaper photos I find. For other historical state pageant pictures check out my State Pageant Photo Archive.

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June 13, 1957
An 18 year old lass from Holly Hill has been chosen Miss Florida Universe in a contest conducted at Miami Beach. Shown with her trophy, she is Deanie Cates, who will now journey to California to compete for the Miss United States title.

July 3, 1961
New and old Miss Ohios: Cathy Justice (L) and Corrine Huff [Miss Ohio USA 1960] (R).

June 20, 1961
On top of the world - the part that is Detroit, Mich., anyway - is pert Patricia Squires of Milan, Mich., who was chosen as "Miss Michigan-Universe" Sunday.

July 10, 1963
Carla Ann Dinius studies bee costume she'll be wearing as Miss Utah [1963] int eh Miss Universe Pageant at Miami Beach.

May 10, 1966
Miami Mayor Robert King High crowns Miss Randy Beard, signifying her victory last night in the Miss Florida Universe pageant.

April 8, 1968
Anna Marie Evenson, a pretty, green-eyed blonde from Post Falls, center, is Miss Idaho-USA 1968. First runner-up is Candy O'Brien and second runner-up is Saundra Stevens. Evenson won the title Saturday night over a field of eleven contestants at the Norht Idaho Junior College auditorium in Coeur d'Alene.

April 8, 1968
Claudia Robinson, Miss Alabama-Universe 1968.

April 25, 1968
Miss Georgia Universe contest winners ham it up for the camera after last night's pageant in Atlanta. From left are Bonnie Dee Reeve, second runner-up; Midge Ivie of Atlanta, winner; and Cynthia Rutherford, first runner-up.

May 15, 1969
Karen Morton, Miss Oregon Universe 1969.

March 30, 1970
Laura Rae Smith, 18, Portland, poses with Karen Morton, left, Miss Oregon Universe 1969, and Deborah Gibserson, Miss Washington Universe, right, after her selection as Miss Oregon Universe 1970 in Waldport Saturday.

May 7, 1970
Sheri Schruhl, 18, a native of Las Vegas, was selected over 20 other talented beauties to represent Nevada as Miss Nevada-Universe this month at the Miss USA Pageant in Miami.

April 10, 1971
Diana Risentein, a Bossier City High School student won the title of Miss Louisiana Universe Saturday night.

April 30, 1971
Diane Turetzky of Waterford, Miss Connecticut USA 1971.

March 10, 1972
Lianne Fullmer of Post Falls is shown during competition in Coeur d'Alene Thursday night. At the end of the contest she was crowned Miss Idaho-Universe and given the right to go on to the Miss USA contest..

March 10, 1972
Miss Lianne Fullmer of Post Falls, Miss Idaho-Universe, was photographed during an interview

April 17, 1972
Susan Peters, 21, of Austin is flanked by the runners-up in Saturday night's Miss Texas Universe pageant.

April 27, 1972
Yvonne Philes, 20, of Portland, smiled bravely through her tears after shew as crowned Miss Oregon Universe 1972 late yesterday.

May 1, 1972
Coni Ensor, from Miami, was crowned Miss Florida USA 1972 in Miami Saturday night.

April 21, 1973
Melanie Anne Chapman, a 22-year-old West Georgia College graduate who sings light opera, screams with delight after being named the new Miss Georgia Universe in Atlanta recently. She succeeds Kaye Ayers and will compete in the Miss USA pageant and, if she wins, will go on to worldwide competition..

April 27, 1973
The winner of Miss Maine Universe pageant is Miss Brenda Davis, 20, photographed at the right with Miss Susan Morin of Lewistown, first runner-up. Between the two girls is Lori Kaylor, Maine State Director.

May 25, 1973
Schenectady Assembly man Clark Wemple is obviously pleased with the visit of one of his constituents, Susan Carlson of Schenectady, at his Albany office. Wemple introduced the Linton High School senior who placed second in recent mIss USA contest during Tuesday session of the Assembly. Miss Carlson, who will reign one year as Miss New York State, placed behind Amanda Jones, Miss Illinois.

Feb 10, 1975
Signing autographs as she makes guest appearances throughout the state before leaving for the Miss USA-Universe competition May 8-18 is Rebecca Ruth Titcomb [Miss Maine USA 1974].

Feb 10, 1975
Pamela Flowers, 19, displays winning smile after being crowned Miss Alabama Universe at statewide pageant held in Huntsville.

March 2, 1975
Summer Bartholomew, Miss California 1975.

May 17, 1975
Mary Humes, Miss Florida USA 1975.

Dec 29, 1975
Roslyn Ralph, 23, of Waterbury smiles after being crowned Miss Connecticut USA [1976] Saturday night..

Feb 9, 1976
Kyle Ellis, of Decatur, was crowned Miss Alabama Universe Saturday Night at the state pageant at Huntsville.

Feb 23, 1976
Sinceree Rowlette, 20, has been crowned Miss New Hampshire USA [1976] and will represent the Granite State at the national pageant in May.

Nov 6, 1976
Joni Marie Pennock, Miss California, talks with young adults at a fireside.

Nov 29, 1976
Linda LeFevre of Gainesville has been named Miss Florida USA [1977], a victory that will enable her to compete in the Miss USA pageant. Miss Le Fevre, 22, was chosen Saturday night over 35 other contestants from around the state.

Jan 17, 1977
Leslie Kington, 19, Coeur d'Alene wears the Miss Idaho Universe corwn for 1977 after her selection from among 14 girls from throughout the state at a Lake City pagenat Saturday night. Miss Kington, who was the Kootenai County Junior Miss in 1975 is a sophomore at North Idaho College, majoring in child development and education. She says she'd like to marry and have a dozen children.

Feb 21, 1977
These seven finalists competed in the Miss Maine-USA [1977] pageant on Saturday held in Portland's Sheraton Hotel. The winner was Miss Tina Brown (second from teh left). From left are Debbie Tibbetts, Miss Brown, Mary O'Connor, Kathy Tilton (first runner-up), Lisa Fralsichi (third runner-up), Diana Paiazzo (fourth runner-up) and Pat Cunningham (second runner-up).

Jan 17, 1978
Suzette Sandford, 19, of Pocatello holds her trophy after being named Miss Idaho niverse for 1978. On hand for the pageant and crowning was Kim Tomes, Miss USA 1977.

Feb 16, 1978
Eva Jo Stancil, the 1978 Miss Alabama Universe from Gadsden, is presented a wardrobe of jewelry by Mrs Marjorie Parrish of Florence, a Sarah Coventry representative.

Feb 27, 1978
Barbara Bogar of Burien was named Miss Washington Universe [1978].

April 19, 1979
Linda Passmore [Miss Kentucky USA 1979] will be representing Kentucky in the Miss USA pageant which will be televised Monday night on CBS at 8pm.

Jul 31, 1980
Shawn Weatherly, Miss Universe 1980, at home in Sumter.

Dec 15, 1980
Miss Florida USA [1981] was chosen Saturday night in Daytona Beach. Valerie Lundeen, 24, Miami, was selected first among 91 other contestants.

Feb 2, 1981
Judy Lynn Footer, center, of Bath was named Miss Maine USA for 1981 Saturday night at the Lewiston Armory. Pictured with Miss Footer are, left ot right, foruth runner-up Gretchen Lund, first runner-up Gail Percy, second runner-up Stephanie Fortier and third runner-up Dorothy Disanto. Approximately 800 people were at the Armory to see the culmination of the two day pageant, during which the 40 contestants took part in a full range of activities around the Twin Cities.

March 9, 1981
Jo Ann Sabery, 20, a green-eyed Harvard University junior from East Bridgewater was crowned Miss Massachusetts USA [1981] last night in the pageant held in Worcester.

Oct 26, 1981
Twenty-one-year-old Lisa Smith of Largo was chosen Miss Florida USA [1982] in a pageant Saturday in Daytona Beach.

Nov 24, 1982
Contest Winner - Ruth Zakarian, 16, will receive clothing, jewelry and the opportunity to represent the state in the national Miss Teen USA contest.

Aug 19, 1983
Miss Florida Teen USA [1983] Lora Erdman from Winter Park.

Sept 5, 1983
Stacy Hassfurder, 1984 Miss Florida/USA, poses with four other pageant finalists. Top left, 3rd runner-up LIsa Campbell; top right, 4th runner-up, Kathi Morton. Bottom, left, Lynne Haynes, 1st runner-up, right, Christa Henricks, 2nd runner-up.

Feb 26, 1984
Miss Alabama USA [1984], Kelly Flowers of Hueytown, receives her crown and a congratulatory kiss from the 1983 queen, Terri Lane, at the close of the pageant in Huntsville Saturday night.

March 4, 1985
Miss Allison Sawyer of Birmingham, left, was named Miss Alabama USA [1985] at the pageant held Saturday night in Huntsville. Crowning her is last year's queen Kelly Flowers.

March 5, 1985
Jodi Unruh, a 19 year old Oregon State University Sophomore from Eugene has been named Miss Oregon USA [1985] and will compete in the national Miss USA contest in Florida this spring.

Aug 5, 1985
Kathy Rosenwinkel of Altamonte Springs, a 20 year old student at the University of Central Florida, was crowned Miss Florida USA [1986] Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. Rosenwinkel was selected over 118 other contestants.

March 23, 1986
Maribeth Curry [Miss South Carolina USA 1986] stands still while Marie De'George Fits Dress.

May 20, 1986
Miss Alaska USA [1986] Kim Christopher-Taylor.

Oct 30, 1986
The new Miss California-USA [1987], Lori Dickerson of Lodi, relaxes poolside Wednesday after her crowning Tuesday night and victory against 89 other statewide beauties.

Nov 19, 1986
Marjorie (center) and Fred Reid chat with Lori Dickerson, Miss California-USA.

Jan 13, 1987
Lauren Straub, Miss Alaska Teen USA [1987] and Shelly Dunlevy, Miss Alaska USA [1987] wave to the Anchorage Hilton audience after their crowning

Jan 13, 1987
Tracy Reed of Myerstown, Lebanon County, won the Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA [1987] pageant in MOnroeville during the weekend.

Aug 10, 1987
Monica Farrell, 23, of Jacksonville, reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Florida USA [1988] in Fort Lauderdale Saturday night by former titleholder Cloe Cabrera

Nov 2, 1987
Suzanne Grenier, 22, of Scarborough, was selected Miss Maine USA [1988] last night. Grenier tried four times to win the title.

Jan 19, 1988
Raun Reeves was crowned Miss Alaska USA [1988] Jan 2 in a pageant at the Clarion Hotel

Aug 1, 1988
Miss Tallahassee, Jennifer Parker, left, reacts iwth glee to the news Saturday nigth that she was chosen Miss Florida USA [1989] in the Miss Florida USA pageant held at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Coleen Barry, right, of Fort Myers was declared first runner-up.

Feb 3, 1989
Angela Shuler, Miss South Carolina USA 1989.

Jan 28, 1990
Gina Tolleson of Spartanburg was crowned Miss South Carolina USA in December.

July 4, 1990
The new Miss Texas-USA [1991] is Christy Bogard, 23, of Houston.

Oct 12, 1990
Kimberly Lynne Parkis was crowned Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 1991 at the state pageant in September at the Palace Inn in Monroeville.

Oct 15, 1990
Outgoing Miss Florida Teen USA Michelle Benitez, left, congratulates 1991 winner Marnie West, 18, from Panama City.

Aug 19, 1991
Audra Lynne Sherman of Sikeston will represent Missouri at tonight's Miss Teen USA pageant in Biloxi, Miss.

Oct 21, 1991
Jennifer Sutter, a 17 year old from Lecanto, was crowned 1992 Miss Florida Teen USA in a pageant Sunday afternoon at the Lakeland Civic Center. Thirty eight contestants competed for the title.

Oct 21, 1991
The Miss Florida Teen USA 1992 Top Ten.

Nov 30, 1992
Andrea Pacione, of North Royalton, expresses her delighted surprise as she is crowned Miss Ohio USA [1993] by Courtney Baber, last year's winner.

Oct 19, 1993
Christine Thorson pins the sash on Miss Alaska Teen USA [1994] pageant winner Kristina Bellamy of Anchorage. The pageant was Sunday in Fairbanks.

Nov 1, 1993
Christy Fatzinger of Dade City reacts to being crowned Miss Florida Teen USA for 1994 on Sunday at hte Lakeland Civic Center. Pinning on her sash is Miss Florida Teen USA 1993 Allyson McKinney.

March 23, 1994
Jennifer Hunt, 15, was crowned Miss Maine Teen USA [1994] and Miss Photogenic at the Sheraton Tra Hotel in Portland on Sunday.

Nov 28, 1994
Reigning Miss USA Lu Parker, right, crowns Danielle Evon Corley of Lexington as the new Miss South Carolina USA [1995] as the reigning Miss Teen South Carolina USA, Mary Elizabeth Stevenson, left, offers her congratulations Saturday night in Charleston.

Nov 25, 1995
Mary Stoker became the first African-American Miss Wisconsin USA [1996] Saturday.

Mar 29, 1996
Laura Larson, 16, of Wilton was crowned Miss Maine Teen USA 1996 this week in Portland.

Oct 27, 1997
Two of the five pageant finalists int he Miss Florida Teen USA [1998] contest were from Polk County. Pennie Mays, left, of Winter Haven was fourth runner-up. Meredith Motzer of Davie was first runner-up, and a very anxious Samantha Groat, right, of Davenport was third runner-up. The pageant was held Sunday afternoon in the Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center. Second runner-up was Nadia Bjorlin of West Palm Beach and the winner was Nicole Broderick of Hallandale.

March 8, 1998
Sonja Glenn of poses after winning the Miss South Carolina USA pageant in October 1997.

Nov 7, 1997
Sonja Glenn of Chesnee, was crowned Miss South Carolina USA on Oct. 25 and will competed in the Miss USA pageant next March.

Sep 28, 1998
Miss Manhattan, Amanda Carraway, is crowned the 1999 Miss Kansas USA Saturday at Century II in Wichita. The annual event presented 21 competitors this year. Tiffany Meyer, Miss West Lawrence, was first runner-up

Oct 26, 1998
Former Miss Florida Teen USA Nicole Broderick of Hollywood, Fla., crowns the new Miss Florida Teen USA Michelle Schmotzer of New Smyrna Beach on Sunday at The Lakeland Center.

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