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Finding Aid for the Harry L. Lewis and De Sacia Mooers papers, 1896-1954
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Series 1: Harry L. Lewis papers. 1911-1954.

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

Lewis's papers cover the period of 1911 through 1954. Prominent subjects include horse racing, boxing, and real estate development. His prominent real estate developments include race tracks in Arizona, Oregon, and California, and the Breakers Beach Club in Santa Monica, California. Other subjects include Lewis's work as a sports and entertainment reporter, and later as editor and publisher of the sports magazine The Referee. California politics, Lewis' friendship with people in the movie industry, and his involvement in public life in Los Angeles are also represented.

Subseries 1.1: Scrapbooks and publications. 1911-1951.

Scope and Content

This subseries contains scrapbooks and publications generated by Harry L. Lewis in the course of his career. Well-represented subjects include horse racing, real estate development, and sports publications. Other subjects include Lewis' oil speculation, political career, boxing promotion, and personal correspondence.
Periodicals (1911-1934) mainly relate to sports, and cover Lewis' time as editor and publisher of The Referee-Announcer and The Los Angeles Referee. The magazines appear to be related to an earlier San Francisco periodical also called The Referee, which merged with The Announcer in 1915. There are no complete series of any of the publications.


Lewis' scrapbooks are arranged chronologically by subject. Periodicals are arranged chronologically by publication. The Referee is arranged as one series despite changes to its name during a merger with The Announcer. Lewis had originally arranged the magazines this way in a 4-ring binder.
Box 6

Brown scrapbook: "Harry Lefkwitz Lewis". 1918-1951.

Box 4, Folder 3

Sample ads for the Breakers Club. 1925, 1926.

Scope and Content Note

One folder with sample advertisements for Lewis' promotion of the Breakers Beach Club in Santa Monica, California.
Box 1, Folder 2

Newspaper scrapbook of Breakers Beach Club advertisements. 1926.

Physical Description: This scrapbook is in poor shape. The pages are very brittle, as most of them contain newsprint clippings.
Box 4, Folder 4

Menu for Breakers Beach Club. 1926.

Box 4

Scrapbook: "Breakers Club Clippings". 1926.

Box 3

Red scrapbook: Harry L. Lewis Campaign for State Board of Equalization. 1934 July-1934 August.

Box 3

Black scrapbook: "Jockey Club of Arizona, Inc. 1935". 1934 December-1935 April.

Box 3

Brown scrapbook: Tucson, Arizona horse racing. 1935 February-1935 March.

Box 3

Green scrapbook: Portland, Oregon horse racing. 1935 April-1935 November.

Box 6

Black scrapbook: "Phoenix Jockey Club, Inc. Phoenix, Arizona". 1927-1938.

Box 6

4-ring binder labeled "Sports Publications, 1911-1915". 1915.

Box 7, Folder 1

Sports Publications: "The Referee" magazine cover mock-up. Circa 1928.

Box 7, Folder 2

Sports Publications: "The Figaro". 1912.

Box 7, Folder 3

Sports Publications: "The Referee". 1912, 1913, 1915.

Box 7, Folder 4

Sports Publications: "Follies Review". 1913 October 17.

Box 7, Folder 5

"The Referee" magazine (7 issues). 1917, 1928, 1929.

Box 7, Folder 6

"The Knockout" magazine cover. 1927 July 18.

Box 7, Folder 7

"Hollywood Filmograph" magazine. 1934 December 22.

Box 1, Folder 1

"The Los Angeles Times" newspaper. 1911 August 4, 1911 August 7.

Box 1, Folder 3

"The Referee" newspaper (Sydney, Australia). 1933 December 7, 1934 January 11, 1934 February 22.


Subseries 1.2: Books and manuscript. 1921-1954.

Scope and Content

This subseries contains six books related to sports, some of which are autographed by their authors, and one undated manuscript titled "The greatest sports teams in American history."
Box 2

Adios to Ghosts! Christy Walsh. After 1937 October 6.

Box 2

Championship Records, 1934 (Annual), Thomas S. Andrews. 1934.

Box 4, Folder 5

"The greatest teams in American sports history", manuscript. circa 1960.

Box 2

The New Encyclopedia of Sports, Frank G. Menke. 1947.

Box 2

One Thousand Sport Stories, vol. 3, Al Spink. 1921.

Box 2

Race Players' Guide: A Complete Turf Education, All the Facts and Systems, Louis G. Holloway. 1939.

Box 2

20 years of poems, moods, and meditations, Henry J. Armstrong. 1954.


Series 2: De Sacia Mooers papers. 1896-1951.

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

De Sacia Mooers's papers comprise scrapbooks, clippings, photographs and sheet music from her stage and film career, and from her private life, during the period 1896-1951. Prominent subjects include her work on the movies The Blond Vampire (1922), and Potash and Perlmutter (1923), her writings and interviews in Movie Weekly magazine, and her stage career in New York, including the play The Vampire (1919), where she performed under the name De Sacia Saville. Her green scrapbooks include clippings, photographs, management agreements and contracts with motion-picture studios, and advertisements related to her plays, movies, and publications. They also contain some clippings, correspondence, and photographs related to her personal and social life. The majority of her photographs' subjects are professional and promotional in nature (such as head shots, glamour shots, and promotional stills from her plays and movies); some of the play and movie stills are autographed by other cast members and contain descriptive captions.


De Sacia Mooers's papers are arranged chronologically. The photographs have been left in their original arrangement, grouped roughly by subject (glamour shots, stage play stills, motion-picture stills).
Box 5

Green scrapbook: family and career. circa 1896-1951.

Box 5

Green scrapbook: "Movie Weekly". 1919-1928.

Box 4, Folder 2

De Sacia Mooers clippings. 1920-1928.

Box 4, Folder 1

De Sacia Mooers "Potash and Perlmutter" clippings. 1923-1924.

Box 7, Folder 8

De Sacia Mooers photographs (43 photos). 1915-1937.

Box 7, Folder 10

Autographed sheet music (5 items). 1917-1920.


Series 3: Photographs. 1920-1928.

Scope and Content

This series comprises 24 photographs dated between 1920-1928. Subjects include photographs of friends of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, edited publication photos of sports figures, a photo negative of a boxer thought to be Jack Dempsey, some of De Sacia Mooers's publicity photos, and oversized photos of the groundbreaking and barbeque at Lewis Wonder Date Palms Resort in Palm Springs, CA, circa 1926.
Box 7, Folder 9

Photographs. 1920-1928.