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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Miscellaneous

Scrapbook 1936

Photographs

Ephemera

Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Bobby Peck Scrapbook



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Peck, Bobby
Title: Bobby Peck Scrapbook
Dates: 1927-1950
Accession No.: MA07-13
Quantity: One cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

Hazel Mae Peck was born in Galveston around 1909. She moved with her family to Dallas as a young girl and graduated from North Dallas High School in 1927. Hazel went by her nickname, Bobby. In 1928, she won the "Miss Dallas" title but lost in the "Miss United States" competition in Galveston.

Bobby Peck spent most of her life in the entertainment business. She joined Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1933 as an acrobat and she worked for them for a year before returning to Dallas. In December 1935, she opened Club Midnight located on 3507 Oak Lawn at Lemmon Avenue. Peck later purchased Club Samovar at 2007 Elm and on March 6, 1936 reopened it as Club Midnight. Both Clubs were very successful, but her operations attracted the attention of law enforcement, which resulted in several charges against her in 1936, for the sale of liquor by the drink. Juries would repeatedly refuse to not convict Peck. Neither club appears in the 1937 city directory (perhaps due to legal troubles).

Peck later went back to performing with groups like the Hagenbeck-Wallace Show and Russel Brothers Show. She returned to Ringling Brothers in 1948 and married William McGough, a circus treasurer. She was married for 47 years. In 1950 she retired to Sachse, Texas and passed away April 27, 1997.

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Scope and Contents

The Bobby Peck Collection contains materials relating to the career and life of Ms. Peck. The collection consists of clippings, a scrapbook, ephemera and photographs. Most of the collection is nightclub material dated 1935-1936 for Midnight Frolics and Club Midnight.

Photographs purchased from Jim Doster with the manuscript materials are located in the PA97-7 Collection. Loose news clippings from the front of the scrapbook were separated and placed in folders organized by date.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Peck, Bobby (Hazel Mae Peck)
Organizations:
Club Midnight
Midnight Frolics
Family Names:
Peck
Places:
Dallas (TX)
Subjects:
Nightclubs
Titles:
Bobby Peck Scrapbook

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Separated Material

Bobby Peck photographs located in PA97-7 Jim Doster Collection.

Uncle Jake Sporting News March 7, 1936

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA07-13 Bobby Peck Scrapbook, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Jim Doster in 2007.

Processing Information

Bryan McKinney and Jane Soutner

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Miscellaneous

Box Folder
1 1 North Dallas High School Commencement, Class of Twenty-seven. January 1928
2 Western Union Telegraphs. 1936
3 Club Midnight Materials. 3 items.
Box Folder
Business card. Club Midnight "Unique Entertainment Never a Cover Charge" Bobby Peck MGR.
Business card. Club Midnight "Complete Turf Information"
Flyer. Club Midnight "Open All Day, All Cocktails During Cocktail Hour" Bobby Peck MGR.
Box Folder
1 4 Midnight Frolics. 6 items
Box Folder
Business card. "Dallas' Most Intimate Nite Club" Bobby Peck, MGR.
Flyer. Bobby Peck's Midnight Frolics
Business card. "Where Good Fellows Meet" Bobby Peck's Midnight Frolics
Flyer. Announcement! Bobby Peck's Midnight Frolics
Flyer. Midnight Frolics, $1.00 per person
Menu. Midnight Frolics
Box Folder
1 5 Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Materials. 4 items 1949-1951
6 Miscellaneous Items. Programs, tickets, brochures, pamphlets

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Scrapbook 1936

Box Folder
1 7 Undated newspaper clippings removed from scrapbook
8 Newspaper clippings removed from scrapbook January 1936
9 Newspaper clippings removed from scrapbook February 1936
10 Newspaper clippings removed from scrapbook March 1936
11 Newspaper clippings removed from scrapbook April 1936
12 Newspaper clippings removed from scrapbook November 1936
Scrapbook, one volume 1936

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Photographs

Box Folder
PA97-7/1111 to PA97-7/1114 Lake Dallas, Bobby Peck snapshots June 1930
PA97-7/1114 and PA97-7/1115 Kidd Springs, Bobby Peck Summer 1927
PA97-7/1116 to PA97-7/1119 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus at the State Fair of Texas, Bobby Peck snapshots October 1929
PA97-7/1120 and PA97-7/1121 Bobby Peck as Miss Dallas 1928
PA97-7/1122 and PA97-7/1123 Bobby Peck and Walter Hendl at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra October 3, 1949

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Ephemera

Box Folder
Midnight Frolics Sign announcing Husk O'Hare April 12

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