Inventory of the Sanford and Barbara Freeman Collection of Henrique Vivian Messetti Materials1943-1946

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General Library
University of California, Davis
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Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Inventory of the Sanford and Barbara Freeman Collection of Henrique Vivian Messetti Materials, 1943-1946

D-277

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 Wendt in 2001. Encoded by: Sara Gunasekara in 2004.
Completed: 2004
©2004 The Regents of the University of California

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sanford and Barbara Freeman Collection of Henrique Vivian Messetti Materials,
Date (inclusive): 1943-1946
Collection number: D-277
Creator: Messetti, Vivian
Collector: Freeman, Sanford
Collector: Freeman, Barbara
Extent: 0.8 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
100 North West Quad
Davis, California, 95616-5292
Abstract: These materials, which document the life of Henrique Vivian Messetti, a writer, performer, and member of a vaudeville-circus family active during the 1920's-1940's, were collected by Sanford and Barbara Freeman. 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. The majority of the collection contains Messetti's incoming correspondence.
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], Sanford and Barbara Freeman Collection of Henrique Vivian Messetti Materials, D-277, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Wendt in 2001. EAD finding aid created by Sara Gunasekara 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 three series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Manuscript, and 3. Ephemera.

Related collections

Denslow, Jack. Collection, D-268
Messetti, Henrique Vivian. Papers, D-197

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


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Correspondence, 1943-1946

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Organized into two subseries: Incoming and Outgoing.
 

Subseries 1.1 Incoming, 1943-1946

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Organized into two subseries: Personal and Business.
 

Subseries 1.1.1 Personal, 1943-1946

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically.
Box 1:1

Barnes, Bessie January 27, 1944

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Box 1:2

Coughlin, Mr. and Mrs. n.d.

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Daniels, Lily February 20, 1944

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Daniels, Lillian September 5, 1944

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Daniels, Lillian and Samuels August 28, 1945

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Daniels, Mr. and Mrs. December 6, 1945

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Donnely, Mr. December 23, 1944

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Estrada, Mary January 2, 1945

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Estrada, Mary February 12, 1945

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Estrada, Mary February 26, 1945

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Estrada, Mary March 26, 1945

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Estrada, Mary April 13, 1945

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Estrada, Mary May 15, 1945

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Estrada, Mary July 4, 1945

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Estrada, Mary July 22, 1945

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Estrada, Mary August 7, 1945

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Estrada, Mary and Edward August 17, 1945

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Box 1:18

Estrada, Mary September 13, 1945

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Estrada, Mary October 1, 1945

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Estrada, Mary October 16, 1945

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Estrada, Mary December 20, 1945

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Box 1:22

Estrada, Mary February 6, 1946

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Box 1:23

Estrada, Mary March 18, 1946

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Box 1:24

Estrada, Mary April 19, 1946

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Box 1:25

Estrada, Mary n.d.

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Box 1:26

Estrada, Mary n.d.

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Box 1:27

Ferguson, Pvt. Bradley April 27, 1943

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Box 1:28

Hastings, Edwin Chester April 5, 1945

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Box 1:29

Lawless, Raymond June 28, 1944

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Box 1:30

Lopez, Connie February 26, 1945

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Box 1:31

Lopez, Connie March 7, 1945

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Box 1:32

Lopez, Connie April 16, 1945

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Box 1:33

Lopez, Connie June 12, 1945

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Lopez, Connie June 18, 1945

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Lopez, Connie June 26, 1945

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Box 1:36

Lopez, Connie July 21, 1945

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Box 1:37

Lopez, Connie August 29, 1945

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Box 1:38

Lopez, Connie October 9, 1945

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Box 1:39

Lopez, Connie February 7, 1946

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Box 1:40

Lopez, Connie March 9, 1946

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Lopez, Connie May 18, 1946

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Lopez, Connie May 31, 1946

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Lopez, Connie June 6, 1946

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Lopez, Connie July 13, 1946

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Box 1:45

Lopez, Connie n.d.

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Box 1:46

Lopez, Connie n.d.

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Box 1:47

Lopez, Connie n.d.

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Box 1:48

Lopez, Connie n.d.

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Box 1:49

Machado, Frank and Irene December 15, 1945

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Box 1:50

Messetti, Ella n.d.

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Box 1:51

Rosenberg, Minnie June 23, 1945

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Box 1:52

Rowcroft, Waldo 1945

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Box 1:53

Saunders, Andrew June 15, 1944

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Box 1:54

Saunders, Andrew March 11, 1945

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Box 1:55

Saunders, Andrew August 14, 1945

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Box 1:56

Saunders, Andrew December 17, 1945

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Box 1:57

Saunders, Andrew December 18, 1945

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Box 1:58

Saunders, Andrew February 15, 1946

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Box 1:59

Saunders, Andrew March 13, 1946

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Box 1:60

Saunders, Andrew March 29, 1946

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Box 1:61

Saunders, Andrew n.d.

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Box 1:62

Simon, Felix n.d.

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Box 1:63

Simon, Felix n.d.

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Box 1:64

, Dora and Hy December 20, 1944

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Box 1:65

Unidentifiedn.d.

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Box 1:66

Unidentifiedn.d.

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Box 1:67

Envelopes n.d.

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Subseries 1.1.2 Business, 1945

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Box 1:68

Biggers, E.W. February 25, 1945

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Box 1:69

Richardson, Birkel October 30, 1945

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Subseries 1.2 Outgoing, n.d.

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Box 1:70

Notes from Messetti, n.d.

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Series 2 Manuscript, n.d.

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Box 1:71

Bojar Astachoff, n.d.

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Series 3 Ephemera, n.d.

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Organized into two subseries: Posters and Tickets.
 

Subseries 3.1 Posters, n.d.

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Box 2:1

"Girls Don't Miss the Show," n.d.

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Box 2:2

"Little Eva's Temptation," n.d.

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Box 2:3

"Little Eva's Temptation," n.d.

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Box 2:4

"Little Eva's Temptation," n.d.

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Box 2:5

"Little Eva's Temptation," n.d.

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Box 2:6

"Little Eva's Temptation," n.d.

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Box 2:7

"Wanted: Home Talent," n.d.

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Subseries 3.2 Tickets, n.d.

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Box 1:72

Tickets from Messet's Musical Entertainers, n.d.

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