Finding Aid to the Hattie and Minnie Mooser papers, 1877-1967

Finding Aid written by Judah L. Magnes Museum staff. Revised by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff.
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Finding Aid to the Hattie and Minnie Mooser papers, 1877-1967

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/728

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Judah L. Magnes Museum staff. Revised by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff.
Date Completed:
October 2011
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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).
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Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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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.

Container List

 

Series 1:  News clippings, Photographs, and Memorabilia. circa 1894-1966

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 1-12
Box 1, Folder 1

Aladdin Children's Theatre Club Program, 1918

Box 1, Folder 2

Aladdin Enterprises Poster, undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Biographical Sketches, 1921-1959

Box 1, Folder 4

Duncan Sisters, 1959 undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Golden Wedding Club News Clip, 1929

Box 1, Folder 6

News clippings, circa 1918-1965

Box 1, Folder 7

Photographs, circa 1890-1960

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of the following: Senator George G. Goucher (cabinet card, circa 1880); George Mooser, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks (circa 1925); the Aladdin Studio Tiffin Room interior (circa 1921); Hattie and Minnie Mooser with famed female impersonator Lucian (circa 1965); an 1894 photograph of the exterior of Lowe's Restaurant at 430 6th Street, San Francisco.
Box 1, Folder 8

Photographs: Pan-Pacific International Exposition, circa 1915

Oversize Folder 1A

Oversize photographs, circa 1910-1960

Scope and Content Note

Hattie and Minnie Mooser seated looking at scrapbook; photograph of dinner for Frank Bacon at the Lambs Club in New York City (circa 1910); photograph of a luncheon tendered by Mr. Arthur Levey to Mr. W.G. Faulkner (1920); cast photograph of an unidentified production (back of photograph identifies persons as Wallace McCutcheon, Grant Mitchell, Tome Wise, Blanche Ring, Ada Meade, Walter Jones, Willie Howard, Eugene Howard, Charles Winninger, Pearl White, and William Courtney).
Box 1, Folder 9

Theater Programs and Clippings for Hello Dolly and Porgy and Bess, circa 1940-1966

Box 1, Folder 10

Walter Johnson Dinner Program, 1967

Box 1, Folder 11

Publications: San Francisco Panorama (1958) and Think: A Survey of New Things and Thoughts in the World of Affairs (1940 Golden Gate International Expo issue), 1940 1958

Box 1, Folder 12

Miscellaneous, 1908-1967

 

Series 2:  Scrapbooks and Photo Albums. circa 1910-1967

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 13-14; Box 2; Oversize Boxes 1-8
Box 1, Folder 13

News clippings scrapbook, 1963

Box 1, Folder 14

Scrapbook of holiday cards and children's theater clippings, 1960-1963

Oversize Box 1

Mooser family scrapbook, circa 1877-1967

Oversize Box 2

Aladdin Studio Tiffin Room clippings, photographs, and ephemera scrapbook, circa 1921-1959

Oversize Box 2

Scrapbook: theatrical news clippings, 1962-1965

Oversize Box 3

Children's Theatre and Stage Door Canteen scrapbook, 1921-1945

Oversize Box 3

Scrapbook: Personal notes and letters, 1957-1966

Oversize Box 4

Photograph album of actors and Vaudeville performers, circa 1910-1930

Oversize Box 5, Folder 1

Scrapbook: Walter Johnson; Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco, Calif.) , circa 1915-1967

Scope and Content Note

Includes postcards from the Pan-Pacific International Exposition (1915) and postcards of other San Francisco scenes.
Oversize Box 5, Folder 3

Scrapbook and photo album: George Mooser, circa 1910-1935

Oversize Box 6, Folder 1-2

Scrapbook and photo album (with Aladdin Studio photographs), circa 1920-1967

Scope and Content Note

Includes interior and exterior photographs of the Tiffin Room and photographs of Tiffin Room events, such as weddings. Also includes photographs of the Tiffin Room's Chinese staff.
Oversize Box 6, Folder 3

Scrapbook: news clippings (mostly theatrical), 1921-1967

Box 2

Scrapbook: travel and theatrical, 1912-1964

Oversize Box 7, Folder 1

Scrapbook: news clippings, 1960-1964

Oversize Box 7, Folder 2

Scrapbook: news clippings, 1947-1966

Oversize Box 8

Scrapbook: news clippings, 1964-1966