Inventory of the Henrique Vivian Messetti Papers, 1924-1949

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General Library
University of California, Davis
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Inventory of the Henrique Vivian Messetti Papers, 1924-1949

D-197

Department of Special Collections

General Library

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • General Library
  • 100 North West Quad
  • University of California, Davis
  • Davis, CA 95616-5292
  • Phone: (530) 752-1621
  • Fax: (530)754-5758
  • Email: speccoll@lib.ucdavis.edu
Processed by: Rebecca L. Wendt. Encoded by: Sara Gunasekara with assistance from Jared Campbell and Jim Sylva.
Completed: 2004
©2004 The Regents of the University of California

Descriptive Summary

Title: Henrique Vivian Messetti Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1924-1949
Collection number: D-197
Creator: Messetti, Henrique Vivian
Extent: 1.8 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
100 North West Quad
Davis, California, 95616-5292
Abstract: Henrique Vivian Messetti was a writer, performer, and member of a vaudeville-circus family active during the 1920's-1940's. The papers, which span the years 1929-1949, contain correspondence, scripts, and other production materials relating to the activities of a traveling California vaudeville-circus family. They document three successive road show companies: Messett's Great Road Show, Little Eva's Temptation Company, and F. A. Cunningham's Kick High Musical Review
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henrique Vivian Messetti Papers, D-197, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

Acquisition Information

Special Collections purchased this collection from Carolyn Kaplan in 1975.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca L. Wendt in 2001. EAD finding aid created by Sara Gunasekara with assistance from Jared Campbell and Jim Sylva in 2004.

Biography

Biographical Narrative

Henrique Vivian Messetti was born on September 5, 1918 in Spain where his parents were performing. Upon the family's return to the United States, Los Angeles became their permanent residence. Messetti began appearing on the stage at the age of four. Most of his work was in vaudeville/circus productions although he also claimed to have performed in a few motion picture serials. In later years he dropped his first name while continuing as a female impersonator. He was with, among others, the touring Messett's Great Road Show, Little Eva's Temptation Company, and F.A. Cunningham's Kick High Musical Circus.

Scope and Content of Collection

Organized into six series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Works, 3. Scripts, 4. Clippings, 5. Ephemera, 6. Posters

Related collection

D-268, Jack Denslow Collection
D-277, Sanford and Barbara Freeman Collection

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Messetti, Vivian
Circus performers
Vaudeville
Female impersonators

Separated Material

Wrigley's gum wrapper dress, ca. 1930's. This dress, made from paper wrappers of six different flavors of gum glued to a cheese-cloth base, is now part of the Design Collection at the Department of Environmental Design, University of California, Davis.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Correspondence, 1924-1948

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Arranged in three subseries: Incoming, Outgoing, and Other.
 

Subseries 1.1 Incoming, 1924-1948

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Arranged in two subseries: Personal and Business.
 

Subseries 1.1.1 Personal, 1929-1947

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically.
Box 2:18

Carmer, Harry, March 1947

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Box 2:19

Estrada, Mary, January 1946

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Box 2:20

Kennard, Myra, November 1929

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Box 2:21

Laura & Anna, May 1947

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Box 2:22

Lopez, Connie, October 1945

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Box 2:23

Lopez, Connie, January 1946

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Box 2:24

Lopez, Connie, March 1946

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Box 2:25

Lopez, Connie, August 1946

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Box 2:26

Lopez, Connie, October 1946

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Box 2:27

Lopez, Connie, December 1946

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Box 2:28

Lopez, Connie, January 1947

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Box 2:29

Mank, Chaw, 1947

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Box 2:30

Nicholas, Georgia C., 1945

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Box 2:31

Saunders, Andrew, June 1947

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Box 2:32

Adrienne n.d.

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Box 1:9

Unidentified, 1935

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Subseries 1.1.2 Business, 1924-1948

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically.
Box 2:33

Alameda Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:34

Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, 1925

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Box 2:35

The American Weekly, 1944

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Box 2:36

Australian National Travel Association, 1938

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Box 2:37

Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, 1945

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Box 2:38

Baum's Inc., 1929

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Box 2:39

Bekins Van & Storage, 1929

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Box 2:40

The Central Engraving Co., 1929

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Box 2:41

Central Show Printing Co., 1924-1929

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Box 2:42

Chicago Theatrical Shoe Co., 1929

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Box 2:43

City of Burlington, 1924

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Box 2:44

City of Fresno, Fire Prevention Bureau, 1929

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Box 2:45

City of Visalia, 1929

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Box 2:46

College of Swedish Massage, 1948

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Box 2:47

Columbia Broadcasting System, 1948

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Box 2:48

County of Kern, 1929

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Box 2:49

Corona Chamber of Commerce, 1927

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Box 2:50

Covina Chamber of Commerce, 1927

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Box 2:51

Dell Publishing Company, 1948

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Box 2:52

De Moulin Bros. & Co., 1924

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Box 2:53

Department of Public Works, City of Oakland, 1929

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Box 2:54

The Detroit Free Press, 1930

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Box 2:55

Donaldson Lithographing Co., 1924-1931

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Box 2:56

Esmonde Theatrical Costumer, 1929

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Box 2:57

Formalon, n.d.

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Box 2:58

Fresno County Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:59

Fresno Public Schools, 1929

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Box 2:60

Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, 1925

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Box 2:61

The Gus Sun Booking Exchange Co., 1928

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Box 2:62

Hanford Auditorium, 1929

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Box 2:63

Hayden Music Co., 1937

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Box 2:64

Hudnall, Walter, 1946

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Box 2:65

J. C. Deagan, Inc., 1926

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Box 2:66

KFI, n.d.

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Box 2:67

Kings County Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:68

Kobel, Bernard L., 1946

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Box 2:69

Kobel, Bernard L., 1947

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Box 2:70

L.A. Building Maintenance Co., n.d.

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Box 2:71

Lark, Jane, 1938

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Box 2:72

Lester, Ltd., 1929

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Box 2:73

Lester, Ltd., 1930

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Box 2:74

Lester, Ltd., 1931

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Box 2:75

Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:76

Los Angeles Bar Association, 1930

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Box 2:77

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 1930

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Box 2:78

Los Angeles Examiner, 1924

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Box 2:79

Los Angeles Steamship Company, 1929

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Box 2:80

Lyon Van & Storage Co., 1929-1947

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Box 2:81

Marks, Alex, 1925

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Box 2:82

Marysville Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:83

Modesto Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:84

Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, 1927

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Box 2:85

Montgomery Ward & Co., 1933

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Box 2:86

Montgomery Ward, 1948

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Box 2:87

Mussehl and Westphal, 1927

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Box 2:88

Napa Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:89

National Printing & Engraving Co., 1924

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Box 2:90

National Railways of Mexico, 1930

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Box 2:91

National Theatres Syndicate, 1929

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Box 2:92

National Writer's Club, 1945

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Box 2:93

National Writer's Club, 1946

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Box 2:94

National Writer's Club, 1948

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Box 2:95

New Orleans Association of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:96

Oakland Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:97

Orange Community Chamber of Commerce, 1925

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Box 2:98

Paulson-Webber Cordage Corp., 1947

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Box 2:99

Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 1946

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Box 2:100

Pomona Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:101

Pomona YMCA, 1929

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Box 2:102

Progressive Advertisers & Mailers, 1938

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Box 2:103

Quigley Lithographing Co., 1924-1931

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Box 2:104

Redlanse Chamber of Commerce Inc., 1927

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Box 2:105

Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:106

Roe Show Print, 1925

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Box 2:107

Roy, Phil, 1947

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Box 2:108

Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:109

Saint Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 1930

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Box 2:110

San Diego Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:111

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:112

San Jose, California, 1929

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Box 2:113

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:114

San Luis Obispo Community Center Headquarters, 1929

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Box 2:115

San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:116

Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:117

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:118

Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1931

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Box 2:119

Sherman P. Camp, 1929

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Box 2:120

Sherman P. Camp, 1930

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Box 2:121

Sidney, Jere, 1938

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Box 2:122

Standard Lithographing & Printing Co., 1924

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Box 2:123

Southern California Music Company, 1929

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Box 2:124

Standard Lithographing & Printing Co., 1924

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Box 2:125

State of California, Department of Employment, 1937

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Box 2:126

State of California, Department of Employment, 1938

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Box 2:127

State Teachers College, San Jose, 1929

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Box 2:128

T. & D. Jr. Enterprises, Inc., 1938

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Box 2:129

Terris, Tom, 1930

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Box 2:130

The Times-Picayune, 1927

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Box 2:131

Today's Woman, 1948

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Box 2:132

Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, 1938

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Box 2:133

Triangle Poster & Printing Co., 1931

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Box 2:134

T. S. Dennison & Company, 1929

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Box 2:135

Tyson, Walter, 1947

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Box 2:136

Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:137

Ventura Chamber of Commerce, 1927

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Box 2:138

Visalia Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:139

Waas & Son, 1929

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Box 2:140

West Coast Service Corporation, 1929

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Box 2:141

Whittier Chamber of Commerce, 1925

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Box 2:142

The Woman's Club of Manitoba, 1929

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Box 2:143

Wow Publications, 1946

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Box 2:200

Various letters, n.d.

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Subseries 1.2 Outgoing, 1929-1948

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Arranged in one subseries: Business.
 

Subseries 1.2.1 Business, 1929-1948

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically.
Box 2:144

Alton Illinois Chamber of Commerce, 1932

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Box 2:145

College of Swedish Massage, 1948

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Box 2:146

Donaldson Lithographing Co., 1931

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Box 2:147

Donaldson Lithographing Co., 1932

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Box 2:148

Esmonde Costume Co., 1929

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Box 2:149

Kingsley Scenic Studio, 1932

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Box 2:150

Lester, Ltd., 1930

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Box 2:151

Lester, Ltd., 1931

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Box 2:152

Life Story, 1945

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Box 2:153

Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, 1929

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Box 2:154

Lyon Van & Storage, 1931

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Box 2:155

Lyon Van & Storage Co., 1932

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Box 2:156

Lyon Van & Storage Co., 1934

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Box 2:157

Montgomery Ward & Co., 1931

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Box 2:158

National Railways of Mexico, 1930

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Box 2:159

Quigley Lithographing Co., 1931

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Box 2:160

Samuel French, 1948

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Box 2:161

Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1931

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Box 2:162

Standard Marine Insurance Co., Ltd., 1930

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Box 2:163

Syzmanski, Walter, February 1934

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Box 2:164

Szymanski, Walter, March 1934

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Box 2:165

Today's Woman, 1948

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Box 2:166

Triangle Poster & Printing Co., 1931

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Box 2:167

Tucker, Hal, 1947

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Box 2:168

Waas & Son, 1930

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Box 2:169

Waas & Son, 1931

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Subseries 1.3 Ella Messet, 1930-1931

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Contains several letters of Mrs. Ella Messet. Arranged in two subseries: Incoming and Outgoing.
 

Subseries 1.3.1 Incoming, 1931

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Box 2:170

Muscatine Welfare Association, 1931

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Subseries 1.3.2 Outgoing, 1930-1931

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Box 2:171

Brother of Ella Messett, 1930

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Box 2:172

Brother of Ella Messett, 1931

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Box 2:173

Brother of Ella Messett, 1931

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Box 2:174

Muscatine Welfare Association, 1931

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Series 2 Works, 1941-1942

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Arranged in two subseries: Published and Manuscripts. For scripts by Messetti, see Series 3: Scripts.
 

Subseries 2.1 Published, 1941-1942

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Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2:175

"Confessions," published in Lone Indian MagazineNovember 1942

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Box 2:176

"Astrology Her Hobby," published in Lone Indian MagazineJuly 1943

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Box 2:177

"Lions, as I Know Them," published in International Fellowship Magazine June 1942

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Box 2:178

"Tomorrow's Town," published in International Fellowship MagazineDecember 1941

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Subseries 2.2 Manuscripts, n.d.

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Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2:179

"The Art of Cooking Canned Dinners in a Circus Wagon" n.d.

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Box 2:180

"Astrology and What it Means to Me" and "Adventures Through Astrology" n.d.

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Box 2:181

"Beauty Suggestions" n.d.

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Box 2:186

"Cartoon Ideas" n.d.

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Box 2:183

"Living Dangerously" n.d.

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Box 2:182

"Pageantry" n.d.

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Box 2:184

"Speaking of Astrology" n.d.

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Box 2:185

"When the Circus Comes to Town" n.d.

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Box 2:187

Various, n.d.

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Contains drafts of articles and clippings
 

Series 3 Scripts, n.d.

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Arranged in two subseries: Scripts by Messetti and Scripts by Others.
 

Subseries 3.1 Scripts by Messetti, n.d.

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Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2:1

Alice in Blunderland, n.d.

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Box 2:2

Alice of Slumberland, n.d.

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Box 2:5

A Child's Dream of the Carnival of New Orleans, n.d.

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Box 2:7

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

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Box 2:8

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

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Box 2:9

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

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Box 2:10

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

Physical Description: sides, typescript
Box 2:11

The Looking Glass World, n.d.

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Box 2:12

A Night on the Old Plantation, n.d.

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Box 2:15

Sunday School Days, n.d.

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Box 2:16

Will You Marry Me?, n.d.

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Subseries 3.2 Scripts by Others, n.d.

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Box 2:3

The Black Vamp by Arthur LeRoy Kaser,n.d.

Physical Description: typescript
Box 2:4

The Boob by unidenitifed author, n.d.

Physical Description: typescript
Box 2:6

Down With Men by Harry L. Newton, n.d.

Physical Description: typescript
Box 2:13

School Days by Harry L. Newton, n.d.

Physical Description: typescript
Box 2:14

Soapsuds by Arthur LeRoy Kaser, n.d.

Physical Description: typescript
Box 2:17

Commercial scripts; Billy's Chorus Girl; A Family Strike; Madame Princeton's Temple of Beauty; The Fatal Necklace; The Filming of "Uncle Tom's Cabin;" Mush and Poke, Ash Haulers; Mush and Poke, Detectives; Mush and Poke, Undertakers; Richard III; Solid Ivory, n.d.

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Series 4 Clippings, n.d.

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Box 1:7

Clipping of Messetti as honorary drum majorette, n.d.

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Box 2:190

Ads for entertainers, n.d.

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Box 2:191

Information on being published, n.d.

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Box 2:192

Miscellaneous, n.d.

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Series 5 Ephemera, 1930-1949

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Box 1:15

Advertisements and souvenir brochures n.d.

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Box 1:5

Cards for Henrique Vivian Messetti private school n.d.

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Box 1:12

Catalogs 1930-1948

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Box 2:197

Date book; lists of requirements 1947; n.d.

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Box 2:189

Drawings, n.d.

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Box 1:8

Envelopes from Venice California with image of Vivian Messetti on front n.d.

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Box 1:10

Envelopes and addresses n.d.

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Box 2:195

Lists of possible locations for performances by Little Eva's Temptation Company n.d.

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Box 2:193

Lists; song order n.d.

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Box 2:196

Lists; Vivian Messetti plays n.d.

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Box 1:4

"Little Eva's Temptation Co." pass out n.d.

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Box 1:13

Publications on writing 1942-1949

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Box 1:14

Serial; Billboard Magazine, 1934

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Box 1:11

Serial; Lone Indian Magazine supplement 1947

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Box 2:199

Sketches and notes n.d.

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Box 2:198

Social Security forms, not completed n.d.

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Box 2:194

Song lyrics and printed music n.d

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Box 2:188

Stationary for Vivian Messetti and F.A. Cunningham's Musical Circus Review, n.d.

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Box 1:1

Ticket; Messett's Musical Entertainers n.d.

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Box 1:2

Ticket; "Little Eva's Temptation Company" n.d.

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Box 1:3

Ticket; "Little Eva's Temptation Co." n.d.

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Box 1:6

Tickets to theatrical events n.d.

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Series 6 Posters, n.d.

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Box 3:1

"Wanted: Home Talent..." n.d.

Physical Description: 18x24"
Box 3:2

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

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4 posters with red lettering "Little Eva's Temptation with Home Talent"
Box 3:3

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

Physical Description: 14x22"

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Poster with red lettering on yellow background with green border, "Ella Messetti Presents Little Eva's
Box 3:4

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

Physical Description: 8x21"

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2 broadsides with lettering "Ella Messetti Presents Little Eva's Temptation..."
Mapcase III Drawer Q

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

Physical Description: 21x28" and 20x30"

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2 different color lithograph posters with titles "Henrique Vivian Messetti in Little Eva's Temptation" and "Little Eva's Temptation-Topsy"
Mapcase III Drawer Q

Little Eva's Temptation, n.d.

Physical Description: 20x30"

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2 different color lithograph posters with titles "Little Eva's Temptation-Eliza Crossing the Ice" and "Little Eva's Temptation - Uncle Tom & Eva"
Mapcase III Drawer Q

Messett's Musical Entertainers, n.d.

Physical Description: 20x30"

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2 different color lithograph posters
Mapcase III Drawer Q

Messett's Musical Entertainers, n.d.

Physical Description: 14x42"

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2 different color lithograph posters
Mapcase III Drawer Q

Uncle Tom's Cabin, n.d.

Physical Description: 20x30" and 21x28"

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2 different color lithograph posters with titles "Uncle Tom's Cabin Co. Marks" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Mapcase III Drawer Q

Uncle Tom's Cabin, n.d.

Physical Description: 21x28"

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2 different color lithograph posters with titles "Uncle Tom's Cabin-Marks" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin- Topsy-'Laws! Why that Ar's Miss Feely's Ribbon, Aint It?'"