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Kummer, Clare Beecher, 1886-1958
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Clare Beecher Kummer Papers
Manuscripts Division
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21 boxes and 10.2 linear feet
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ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-21


Consists of the papers of song-writer, playwright, and poet Clare Beecher Kummer. Included are manuscript plays, musical compositions, songs, verse, and correspondence.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of the papers of Kummer: manuscript plays, musical compositions, songs, verse, and correspondence. The manuscripts span Kummer's career, from her early popular songs, such as "The Summerland Song" (1901) and "Dearie" (1905), to her many dramatic works.

Included are The Opera Ball (1912), a musical comedy written in collaboration with Sydney Rosenfeld; A Successful Calamity (prod. 1917) in which her cousin, William Gillette performed; Rollo's Wild Oat (prod. 1920); Good Gracious Annabelle (1916), later produced by Florenz Ziegfeld as a musical entitled Annie Dear; and her last Broadway success, Her Master's Voice, produced by Max Gordon in 1933.

Collection Creator Biography:

Born Clare Rodman Beecher in Brooklyn, New York, Kummer was a granddaughter of Edward Beecher and a niece of Harriet Beecher Stowe. She became a song-writer, playwright, and poet.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. William F. Murdoch Jr. in 1995 (TH1995-01).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Clare Beecher Kummer Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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