Jessie Nores Haas papers, 1917-1991  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Haas, Jessie Nores
Jessie Nores Haas papers
1917-1991 (inclusive)
18 cubic feet (18 boxes)
Collection Number
4990 (Accession No. 4990-001)
Papers of a Seattle actor, director, author, 1887-1991
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Actor, director, and author Jessie Nores Haas was born in 1887 in Missouri. Haas's theater career began in 1910 in Los Angeles, where she went to work for the Ferris Hartman Opera Company. Over the next nine years, she traveled up and down the West Coast, performing in vaudeville shows.

In 1919, she moved from Portland to Seattle with her husband, Saul Haas, whom she had married earlier that year. He worked as a reporter for The Union Record Chronicle. Later, he was director of customs for two terms under President Franklin Roosevelt. He started KIRO radio and KIRO television. The couple were divorced during World War II.

After marriage and moving to Seattle, Jessie Haas became active in Seattle's theater community. Over the next half-century, she acted with many of the city's theater companies, including A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the Cirque Dinner Theatre, where she played for 26 years in 36 productions. She performed on stage until she was 89, and continued to attend performances and support theaters well after her 100th birthday. For a time in the 1940s, she was also a columnist for The Capitol Hill Times.

Haas was known for her idealism, energy, and zest for life. Her last project was regularly writing world leaders, encouraging them to declare one hour of peace worldwide and dedicate it to all the planet's 10-year-old children. She said: "Poor little Earth planet. I've just got to fix it so that we have peace on Earth."

Jessie Nore Haas lived alone in her Capitol Hill home for decades. She died in 1991 at the age of 103.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Biographical features, correspondence, diaries, notebooks, legal and financial records, subject files, manuscripts of writings and poetry, photographs, posters, clippings, published material, ephemera.

Contents document Jessie Haas' longtime participation in and devotion to the Seattle theatrical community.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Actresses--United States--Archives
  • Actresses--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Vaudeville--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Haas, Jessie Nores--Archives

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)