Guide to the Cortez Sisters collection CEMA 114

Finding aid prepared by Callie Bowdish
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
Phone: (805) 893-3062
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Title: Cortez Sisters collection
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 114
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Container: 1
Container: 1
Physical Description: 0.05 linear feet (3 photos)
Date (inclusive): circa 1930s
Abstract: This collections consists of three signed photos of Lita and Anita Gamez who were known as "The Cortez Sisters." They were popular performing artists in the 1930s.
Physical Location: Del Norte

Acquisition Information

Donated by Andres Gutierrez in 2006

Biographical/Historical note

The Cortez Sisters ( Lita and Anita Gamez ) were dancers in the 1930's, employed as a team, although they worked individually from time to time. They may have been under contract to Warner Brothers. They were also part of the Orpheum circuit, playing the vaudeville circuit up and down the western seaboard as far north as Seattle.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Cortez Sisters collection, CEMA 114. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Scope and Content

Three signed photos of Anita and Lita Gamez. They were performers in the 1930s knows as the Cortez Sisters.

Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. 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 the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Box 1, Folder 1

3 signed photos of the Cortez Sisters