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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Clippings, 1939-1974

Correspondence, 1933-1974

Ephemera, undated

Programs, 1949-1951

Publicity, 1939-1951

Published Works, 1938-1939

Southern Methodist University

Catherine Fleming collection on Katharine Cornell

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Catherine Fleming
Title: Catherine Fleming collection on Katharine Cornell
Inclusive Dates: 1933-1974
Abstract: The Catherine Fleming collection on Katharine Cornell consists of materials collected by Catherine Fleming while she was the secretary of actress Katharine Cornell as well as their subsequent years of friendship. The collection includes clippings, correspondence, ephemera, programs, publicity, and published works.
Extent: 1 box (0.209 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

The collection includes materials collected by Catherine Fleming while she was the secretary of actress Katharine Cornell as well as their subsequent years of friendship. Catherine Fleming was a lifelong Dallas resident. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1925 and was later active in both the Little Theatre of Dallas and the Oak Cliff Little Theatre. From 1935-1955, she worked as Katharine Cornell’s secretary and also assisted her on several national tours.

Katharine Cornell is considered one of the greatest American stage actresses of the 20th century. Married to director Guthrie McClintic, she was also a producer. She is best known for productions such as The Green Hat, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Candida and many others. Cornell received a Tony Award for her portrayal of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra in 1948.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Catherine Fleming collection on Katherine Cornell includes a variety of materials including clippings, correspondence, ephemera, programs, publicity, and published works.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into six series:
Series 1: Clippings, 1939-1974
Series 2: Correspondence, 1933-1974
Series 3: Ephemera, undated
Series 4: Programs, 1949-1951
Series 5: Published Works, 1938-1939

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use. Appointment with curatorial staff at Hamon Library is required.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the curatorial staff at Hamon Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974.
Fleming, Catherine.
Actresses -- New York (State) -- New York.
Letters.
Programs.

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Related Material

This is one of the collections in the McCord/Renshaw collection on the performing arts. Related materials are located in the Bywaters Special Collections of the Hamon Arts Library of Southern Methodist University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Catherine Fleming collection on Katharine Cornell, McCord/Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts, Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

The Catherine Fleming collection on Katharine Cornell was acquired as a component of the McCord/Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts.

Processing Information

The Catherine Fleming collection of Katharine Cornell was received in little discernible order. During its processing, the collection was divided into separate files for clippings, correspondence, ephemera, programs, publicity, and published works. Folded documents were flattened, and the papers were arranged alphabetically/chronologically by subject and medium, placed in acid-free folders, and stored in acid-free boxes.

Processed by

Emily George Grubbs, 2012.

Finding aid written by

Emily George Grubbs, 2012.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Clippings, 1939-1974

The clippings contain articles about Katharine Cornell, including her obituary.
Box Folder
1 1 Clippings

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Series 2:
Correspondence, 1933-1974

The correspondence includes copies of office correspondence, the personal correspondence between Catherine Fleming and Katharine Cornell as well as letters from Gertrude Macy and Nancy Hamilton.
Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence-To Catherine Fleming
3 Correspondence-To Katharine Cornell
4 Correspondence-Between Katharine Cornell and Catherine Fleming
5 Correspondence-Office of Katharine Cornell
6 Correspondence-Telegrams

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Series 3:
Ephemera, undated

The ephemera includes Katharine Cornell autographs, Katharine Cornell’s recipe for green turtle soup and a map detailing her 1939-1940 tour of the United States.
Box Folder
1 7 Ephemera

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Series 4:
Programs, 1949-1951

The programs include autographed copies of The Constant Wife and That Lady.
Box Folder
1 8 Programs

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Series 5:
Publicity, 1939-1951

The publicity includes advertisements for No Time for Comedy; The Doctor’s Dilemma; and Rose Burke.
Box Folder
1 9 Publicity

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Series 6:
Published Works, 1938-1939

The published works include a copy of the September 1938 Stage and multiple copies of Katharine Cornell: Stage Portraits.
Box Folder
1 10 Published Works-Periodicals
11 Published Works-Stage Portraits

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