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Inventory of the Jack Denslow Collection, 1922-1948
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Related collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jack Denslow Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1948
    Collection number: D-268
    Collector: Denslow, Jack
    Creator: Messetti, Henrique Vivian
    Extent: 10.4 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    100 North West Quad
    Davis, California, 95616-5292
    Abstract: These materials, collected by Jack Denslow, document the life of Henrique Vivian Messetti, a writer, performer, and member of a vaudeville-circus family active during the 1920's-1940's. 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. The majority of the collection contains Messetti's incoming and outgoing correspondence.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    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], Jack Denslow Collection, D-268, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Jack Denslow in 1999.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Rebecca Wendt. EAD finding aid created by Sara Gunasekara with assistance from Jared Campbell and Jim Sylva.


    Biographical Narrative

    Jack Denslow (1944-) was born in Tacoma, Washington and spent his early years in Hawaii and his high school years in Oklahoma. He earned a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Computer Science, and an M.A. in Mythology, and has spent his career working in the technology field.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Arranged in two series: 1. Correspondence and 2. General Interest Files.

    Related collection

    D-197, Henrique Vivian Messetti Papers
    D-277, Sanford and Barbara Freeman Collection

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Messetti, Vivian
    Denslow, Jack
    Circus performers
    Female impersonators