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Guide to the Violet Nassos Collection
2009-06  
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Description
Photographs, scrapbooks, and news clippings of a friend of Ann Dee, Violet Nassos. Ann Dee was owner of Ann's 440 Club in San Francisco and Ann's 151. Ann's 440 Club was one of the first openly lesbian and bi-sexual clubs in San Francisco. It contains one scrapbook of Ann Dee materials, photos, and club activities compiled by "René [?]". The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of Violet Nassos,her family, friends and work associates
Background
Violet Nassos (Aug. 27, 1926 - Sept. 29, 2008) was a friend of singer Ann Dee, owner of Ann's 440 Club in San Francisco. Ann Dee (1920-2005) was born Angela Maria De Spirito and is also known for having a role as a jazz singer in the film "Thoroughly Modern Millie." As a child Violet attended Union Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA. As a young woman she worked for Gold Tone Studio, a photography studio located in Buffalo, NY. before eventually relocating back to California. She died in Joshua Tree, California.
Extent
0.8 linear feet 2 Manuscript boxes(12 1/4W x 10 1/4H x 5D)
Restrictions
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Availability
Collection open for research.