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Kummer, Clare Beecher, 1886-1958
Clare Beecher Kummer Papers
Manuscripts Division
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21 boxes and 10.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): 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

Scope and Contents

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:

Kummer, Clare Beecher, 1886-1958

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).


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-21