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Finding Aid to the Hattie and Minnie Mooser papers, 1877-1967
BANC MSS 2010/728  
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  • Collection Summary
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Hattie and Minnie Mooser papers
    Date (inclusive): 1877-1967
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/728
    Creators : Mooser, Hattie, 1878-1970 Mooser, Minnie, 1881-1979
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes, 8 oversize boxes (linear feet: 4)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Hattie and Minnie Mooser were hostesses who were a part of the bohemian and theatrical life of San Francisco. The collection consists primarily of scrapbooks documenting the Mooser sisters' interest and work in theater and their businesses (the Tiffin Room and the Aladdin Nite Club).
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hattie and Minnie Mooser papers, BANC MSS 2010/728, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Mooser, George
    Aladdin Studio Tiffin Room (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915 (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939-1940 (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Actors--United States--Autographs
    Actors--United States--Photographs
    Bohemianism--California--San Francisco
    Chinese--California--San Francisco
    Jews--California--San Francisco
    Jewish women--California--San Francisco
    Prohibition--California--San Francisco
    Vaudeville--United States--Autographs
    Vaudeville--United States--Photographs
    Memoirs--California--San Francisco
    Photographs
    Scrapbooks
    Mooser, Hattie, 1878-1970
    Mooser, Minnie, 1881-1979
    Western Jewish History Center. 214
    Judah L. Magnes Museum. WJHC 1968.012
    Bancroft Library. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Hattie and Minnie Mooser papers were given to The Bancroft Library by the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2010.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by the Judah L. Magnes Museum staff. Additional processing by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life Staff in 2011.

    Administrative History

    Hattie and Minnie Mooser were sisters and hostesses who were a part of the bohemian and theatrical life of San Francisco. They (along with their brothers George and Leon) were born in Nevada to Samuel and Rose Mooser, raised in Sacramento, and, in 1900, moved to San Francisco. Hattie was involved in social service, and worked for the juvenile court, giving benefits on its behalf with guest stars from local theaters. In 1918, Hattie founded the first municipal children's theater in San Francisco, which later expanded into a children's art center and a tearoom. In 1921, Minnie helped Hattie open San Francisco's first supper club, in Chinatown, called the Aladdin Studio Tiffin Room. In 1925, they opened the Aladdin Nite Club; because of its refusal to sell liquor and thereby compete with other clubs which did sell liquor, it was forced to close in 1929. In 1933, the two sisters managed the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park. During World War II, they volunteered as cooks and hostesses at the Stage Door Canteen, a club for those serving in the military.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists primarily of scrapbooks documenting the Mooser sisters' interest and work in theater and their businesses (the Tiffin Room and the Alladin Nite Club). The scrapbooks contain mostly clippings and some ephemera, but a few include photographs of the Tiffin Room and the Aladdin Nite Club (including some photographs of the Chinese employees of the nite club). Two scrapbooks document in papers and photographs the history of the Mooser family and the life of George Mooser (brother), who was a theatrical manager and agent. One photo album consists of autographed headshots of the vaudeville performers who were hosted by the Mooser sisters at their nite club. The collection also includes biographical materials, including a short typed manuscript of a memoir that discusses the sisters' childhood, the opening of the Tiffin Room, Hattie's work in social service, the sisters' work with children, and the Bohemian world of 1920s San Francisco.