Doris Mosley Papers

Identifier: 2015-39

Scope and Contents

Collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and genealogical information about Doris and her family. Of particular interest is a short interview done by a University of Nevada, Reno student in the Social Work department. In it, Doris talks about her childhood, family, marriages, and work at Harold's Club primarily as a blackjack dealer.


  • 1938-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Doris Mosley was born Doris Wanda Lewis to Ruby May and Elmer T. Lewis in Lewiston, Fergus County, Montana on September 2, 1917. Soon after she was born, her parents divorced and she would rarely see her father again. At about age ten, her mother took her to live with her grandparents in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Union High School in Veronia, Oregon in 1933. Shortly after high school, Doris married her first husband, Floyd Rose, though the marriage ended approximately two years.

After her divorce, Doris relocated to Reno, Nevada where her mother was living at the time. She began working at Harold's Club as a dealer, first at the penny roulette tables and eventually as a blackjack dealer. She was one of the first women dealers in Nevada's history. Doris worked at Harold's Club for 40 years. During her time at Harold's Club, she married and divorced her second husband, Chet Edwards.

While working at Harold's Club, she met the Glen Mosley, who was a sous chef at the Club. They eventually married on June 2, 1975 in Gardnerville, Nevada. They lived on the property Doris had purchased off Calahan Ranch Road south of Reno in what is now Galena. They eventually sold the property and purchased land in Portola, California. Glen passed away after his third heart attack in 1996.

Doris passed away in 2007.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Doris Mosley (1917-2007) was one of the first female dealers at Harold's Club in Reno, Nevada. Collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and genealogical information about Doris and her family.


Arranged by document type without a series hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Stephen Mosley in December 2015.



Guide to the Doris Mosley Papers
Jessica Maddox
August 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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