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W. Clyde Fitch Collection, 1867-1986 (Bulk: 1883-1909)
6 archives boxes, 3 records storage boxes, 3 oversize pamphlet binders (6.3 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Correspondence, annotated play scripts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, articles and photographs documenting the literary career, works, and personal life of Clyde Fitch (1865-1909), American dramatist and graduate of Amherst College in the Class of 1886. Correspondents include Robert Browning, Richard Harding Davis, William Dean Howells and William Lyon Phelps.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Clyde Fitch Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the W. Clyde Fitch Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Historical Note

W. Clyde Fitch (AC 1886) was a prolific and highly successful American playwright best known for plays of social satire and character study. Notable for having four of his plays running concurrently on Broadway, he went on to write and produce, in a twenty-year period, thirty-six original plays, twenty-one adaptations, and five dramatizations of novels. His name alone was enough to draw large audiences, and his works were produced throughout the United States and in Europe as well. He was the first American dramatist to be regularly produced abroad. The critic and scholar William Lyon Phelps wrote in 1921, "when [Fitch] began to write, American drama scarcely existed; when he died it was reality.... He did more for American drama than any other man in our history."

William Clyde Fitch was born in Elmira, New York on May 2, 1865. He spent part of his childhood in Schenectady, New York, and attended the Holderness School, Plymouth, New Hampshire, before attending Amherst College. At Amherst he was known among his classmates as "Billy" (after his given name William, which he later dropped) and was active in dramatic productions; his literary publications in college were mainly verse, including his Grove Oration speech in 1886. His first successful play, Beau Brummel (1890), was written especially for the actor Richard Mansfield. Subsequent plays of that period were largely melodramas and historical works that were less successful than his comedies of the early 1900s, including The Climbers (1901), Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines (1901), The Girl with the Green Eyes (1902), The Truth (1907) and The City (1909). However, the popularity of his works on the stage barely exceeded his own lifetime.

Fitch was an avid collector of books, antiques and art, with which he filled his home at 113 East 40th St., New York City (a residence that, for a time, was one of New York's most famous salons), as well as at his other homes at Katonah, New York; and Greenwich, Connecticut. The "Clyde Fitch Memorial Room" in Converse Hall at Amherst College was a gift to the College from Fitch's mother. It contained many of the furnishings and most of the books that were in his study in New York City.

Clyde Fitch died on September 4, 1909, one week after an operation for appendicitis in Châlons-sur-Marne, France, at age 44.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, annotated play scripts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, articles and photographs documenting the literary career, works, and personal life of Clyde Fitch (1865-1909), American dramatist and graduate of Amherst College in the Class of 1886. Correspondents include Robert Browning, Richard Harding Davis, William Dean Howells and William Lyon Phelps.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Clyde Fitch Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the W. Clyde Fitch Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

When quoting material in this collection the preferred citation is:

[Identification of item], in W. Clyde Fitch (AC 1886) Collection [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Biographical Materials,
1890-1986


Bibliography of works by and about Clyde Fitch
1912

Box 1: folder 1
Death notices and obituaries
1909-1910

Box 1: folder 2
Articles
1909-1944

Box 1: folder 3
Articles
1904-1947

Box 1: folder 4
American Heritage article by Peter Andrews, "More Sock and Less Buskin," pp. 48-57
April 1972

Box 1: folder 5
Clippings
ca. 1901-1972

Box 1: folder 6
Program for Amherst College production of Last of the Dandies
1986

Box 1: folder 7
Clyde Fitch Room - Amherst College - articles and misc.
1918-1968

Box 1: folder 8
Clyde Fitch Room - correspondence
1913-1971

Box 1: folder 9
Clyde Fitch Room, Amherst College - Photographs
1960s

Box 1: folder 10
Books from the library of Clyde Fitch
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Pocket mirror given to Martha Genning Stearns by Clyde Fitch
c. 1890s

Box 1: folder 12
Series 2: Scrapbooks and Clippings,
1883-1920


Amherst College dramatic productions
1883-1886

Box 1: folder 13
Scrapbooks and clippings
c. 1886-1920

Box 1: folder 14
Beau Brummel
1890

Box 1: folder 15
Playbills, notices
1890-1907

Box 1: folder 16
The Knighting of the Twins, and Ten Other Tales - inscribed to the author by the illustrator (Virginia Gerson). Among the loose items inserted in the volume are letters from William I. Fletcher, John F. Genung, Jonathan Sturges, Ruth and Grace [Fitch, his sisters], E. Hepworth Dixon, Allan Eastman Cross, and Anna L. Dawes
1891-1892

Box 1: folder 17
Scrapbook
1891-1893

Box 1: folder 17
Scrapbook - mostly playbills
ca. 1890s

Box OS-1: folder 3
Scrapbook (pages disbound and placed in individual folders) - Part 1
1898-1899

Box 2
Scrapbook - Part 2
1898-1899

Box 3
Royalties record book (blank)
n.d.

Box 10
Series 3: Correspondence,
1882-1909


Outgoing unidentified
1894-1905, n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
Amherst College - related
1882-1890, n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Arbucher, Gertrude
n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Baker, Amy
n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
Browning, Robert
1888 Jul 2

Box 4: folder 5
C[happie?]
n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
Chase, E. Olcott
1887-1909, n.d.

Box 4: folder 6A
Chase, Mrs.
1897, 1903, n.d.

Box 4: folder 7
Cody
1894, n.d.

Box 4: folder 8
Corbin, John and Amy
1903, n.d.

Box 4: folder 8A
Davis, Richard Harding
n.d.

Box 4: folder 9
D'Urban, [William]
1889 Oct 9

Box 4: folder 10
Eaton, W. P.
1905

Box 4: folder 12
Fitch, Mrs. [Alice] (mother of Clyde Fitch)
n.d.

Box 4: folder 13
Fitch, Winchester
1906-1909, n.d.

Box 4: folder 14
French, [Samuel]
[1907?] Sep 22

Box 4: folder 15
Frohman, Charles. Re: Ethel [Barrymore]
1901, n.d.

Box 4: folder 15a
Fyles, Franklin
[1896]

Box 4: folder 11
Gale-Haynes, Mrs. M.
1892

Box 4: folder 16
[Gerson?], Ms. Virginia
1902 Jun 2

Box 4: folder 17
Gottschalk, Ferdinand
1905 May

Box 4: folder 17a
Greene
[?] Nov 15

Box 4: folder 18
Grey Fiske, Harrison
1890

Box 4: folder 19
Haskell, Ernest
1904 Jan 16

Box 4: folder 20
Hovey
n.d.

Box 4: folder 21
Howells, William Dean and Mildred
1903 n.d.

Box 4: folder 22
Kimball
1895, n.d.

Box 4: folder 23
Lapham, Mr. [ALS inserted in Barbara Frietchie, the Frederick Girl (New York: Life Publishing Co., 1900)] Arch-SpecColl PS1677 .B3 1900 c.3
1905 Nov 1

Box Catalogued Books
Low
n.d.

Box 4: folder 24
McLean, Mrs.
1899 Oct 18

Box 4: folder 25
Martin, Dr.
[?] Mar 1

Box 4: folder 26
Miller, J. DeWitt
1892-1907

Box 4: folder 26A
Mosher, Florence
1895-1898

Box 4: folder 27
Nelson and McLean
1899, 1903

Box 4: folder 28
"Oscar"
ca. 1907

Box 4: folder 28A
Pater, Walter, with photograph
[?] Jan 4

Box 4: folder 29
Phelps, William Lyon
1906-1909

Box 4: folder 30
Pond, Major
1897

Box 4: folder 31
Russell, Sol Smith (includes photograph of Russell)
1893-1899

Box 4: folder 32
Shipman, Louis
1897-1899, n.d.

Box 4: folder 33
Smith, Miss
1903 Nov 8

Box 4: folder 34
Smith, T. (reproduction of postcard)
1903

Box 4: folder 35
Webster
n.d.

Box 4: folder 36
Wharton, Edith
[?] Dec 26

Box 4: folder 37
Williams
1900 Feb 4

Box 4: folder 38
Series 4: Writings,
1879-1910


The American Duchess Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .A5 1893
[1893?]

Box Catalogued Books
April Weather Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .A7 1895
[1895?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Bachelor
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
The Bachelor Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .B2 1909
[1909?]

Box Catalogued Books
Barbara Frietchie, the Frederick Girl . New York: Life Publishing Co., [1900]. 5 copies. AC/Arch-SpecColl PS1677 .B3 1900
1900

Box Catalogued Books
* Copy 2 contains the signatures of the cast of the 1902 Castle Square Theatre production on front flyleaves; ownership stamp of Rex Smith.


Box Catalogued Books
* Copy 3 has inserted an ALS from Fitch to "Mr. Lapham" ([2] p.; Greenwich, Conn., Nov. 1, 1905); a cut signature of Julia Marlowe is mounted on her portrait.


Box Catalogued Books
Being a Tutor (with watercolor illustrations by the author)
n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
The Bird in the Cage: A Comedy in Four Acts . Adapted from the German of von Wildenbruch. Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .B6 1903
[1903?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Blue Mouse: a Dramatic Composition in Three Acts . Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .B7 1908
[1908?]

Box Catalogued Books
Bohemia : Based on La vie de Bohème, by Theodore Barrière and Henri Murger. Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .B8 1896
[1896?]

Box Catalogued Books
Brother Jacques Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .B85 1904
[1904?]

Box Catalogued Books
Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines
n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
Captain Jinks by Frank Mandel and Lawrence Schwab
n.d.

Box 5: folder 4
The City
1909

Box 5: folder 5
The City (2 c.)
1901

Box 5: folder 5a
The Convent ("Un petit poème par Clyde Fitch")
1884

Box 5: folder 6
The Coronet of the Duchess Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .C65 1904
[1904?]

Box Catalogued Books
Cousin Billy: A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .C7 1905
[1905?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Flirt (photocopy)
n.d.

Box 5: folder 7
Frederic LeMaitre , Comedy in one act
n.d.

Box 5: folder 8
The Girl and The Judge
1901

Box 5: folder 9
The Girl Who Has Everything
n.d.

Box 5: folder 9a
The Girl Who Has Everything . Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .G3 1906
[1906?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Girl with the Green Eyes
1902

Box 5: folder 10
Girls: a Farcical Comedy in Three Acts . Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .G5 1908
[1908?]

Box Catalogued Books
Glad of It! Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .G6 1903
[1903?]

Box Catalogued Books
Gossip: A Play in Four Acts . By Clyde Fitch & Leo Dietrichstein. Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .G7 1895
[1895?]

Box Catalogued Books
Granny: A Play in Four Acts . Adapted from the French of Georges Mittchel [i.e. Mitchell]. Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .G8 1904
[1904?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Happy Marriage , Comedy in three acts
n.d.

Box 5: folder 11
The Happy Marriage Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .H15 1909
[1909?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Head of the Family Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .H4 1898
[1898?]

Box Catalogued Books
Her Sisters Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .H5 1907
[1907?]

Box Catalogued Books
His Grace de Grammont Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .H6 1894
[1894?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Honour of the Family: A Piece in Four Acts from the French of Balzac . Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .H8 1908
[1908?]

Box Catalogued Books
House of Mirth Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .H85 1906
[1906?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Infant Prodigy: A Musical Comedy in Three Acts. Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .I5 1905
[1905?]

Box Catalogued Books
Last of the Dandies Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .L2 1901
[1901?]

Box Catalogued Books
Lover's Lane - A Pastoral Comedy (previous titles: The Minister; The Parson)
1901

Box 5: folder 12
Lover's Lane
n.d.

Box 5: folder 12a
Major Andre
[1895?]

Box 5: folder 13
Major Andre: A Comedy in Four Acts . Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .M2 1903
[1903]

Box Catalogued Books
The Marriage Game: A Comedy in Three Acts . Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .M3 1901
[1901?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Marriage Game
1901 Aug

Box 5: folder 14
May Blossoms to My Father
n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
A Modern Match Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .M6 1892
[1892]

Box Catalogued Books
The Moth and the Flame: A Dramatic Composition in Thhree Acts
n.d.

Box 6: folder 2
Nathan Hale, A play in four acts
1897

Box 6: folder 3
"The Play and the Public" (a talk based originally on an article published in The Smart Set magazine)
n.d.

Box 6: folder 4
Sapho: A New Play in Four Acts . Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .S2 1900
[1900?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Social Swim
1893

Box 6: folder 5
The Social Swim Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .S5 1893
[1893?]

Box Catalogued Books
"Two Letters and Two Telegrams." In: Some Correspondence and Six Conversations
ca. 1895

Box 6: folder 6
The Straight Road (2 c.)
1906

Box 6: folder 7
The Straight Road: A Play in Four Acts . Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .S7 1907
[1907?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Superfluous Husband: A Play in Three Acts by Clyde Fitch & Leo Dietrichstein. Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .S9 1897
[1897?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Toast of the Town: A Comedy in Four Acts Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .T4 1905
[1905?]

Box Catalogued Books
Toddles Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .T5 1905
[1905?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Way of the World: A New and Original Modern Play in Five Acts Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .W3 1901
[1901?]

Box Catalogued Books
The Way of the World: A New and Original Modern Play in Five Acts
1901 Mar

Box 6: folder 8
Wolfville Reproduced from typescript. AC/Arch-SpColl File PS1677 .W6 1905
[1905?]

Box Catalogued Books
Amherst College class notes
c. 1883-1886

Box 6: folder 9
Amherst College publications
1886-1910

Box 6: folder 10
Poems for Easter and Thanksgiving
1887, n.d.

Box 6: folder 11
Poems (notebook)
1889

Box 6: folder 12
"Dialogue in the shape of two letters..."
1894-1895?

Box 6: folder 13
"Two Letters and a Postal Card" - holograph ms.
n.d.

Box 6: folder 14
Childhood writings: "The Rising Sun" and "The Shooting Star" (holograph "magazines")
1879

Box 6: folder 15
The Thunder Bolt (Holderness School, Plymouth, N.H.) - 2 issues
1882 Feb-Mar

Box 6: folder 16
Series 5: Pictures and Photographs,
1867-1909


Portraits


Box 6
Portraits - childhood
1867-1875

Box 6: folder 9
Portrait photographs - Amherst College
1883-1886

Box 6: folder 10
Portrait photograph and reproduction of oil portrait drawn from it
n.d.

Box 6: folder 10A
Cross reference note regarding two oil portraits of Clyde Fitch by Vittorio Guaccimanni (1889) and William Merritt Chase (n.d.)
n.d.

Box 6: folder 10B
Portrait photographs
1893-1901, n.d.

Box 6: folder 11
Caricature by Max Beerbohm (newspaper clipping)
n.d.

Box 6: folder 12
Caricature by Ernest Haskell
1901

Box 6: folder 12A
Portraits on postcards
ca. 1901

Box 6: folder 12B
Other Pictures


Box 6
Photograph of Clyde Fitch tomb, Woodlawn Cemetery, New York, New York
n.d.

Box 6: folder 13
Photographs and postcards, miscellaneous (includes portraits of William Dean Howells, Robert Browning, and Sir Henry Irving; also scenes from various plays)
n.d.

Box 6: folder 14
2 glass plate negatives of holograph pages with watercolor illustrations (probably "Being A Tutor": see Series 4, box 5, folder 2)
n.d.

Box 6: folder 15
Engravings of Major André, Alfred Orsay, M. Blessington
n.d.

Box 6: folder 16
Theatrical photographs from Clyde Fitch plays


Box 6
Unbound theatrical photographs from Her Sister
n.d.

Box OS-11: folder 1
Unbound theatrical photographs from Girls
n.d.

Box OS-11: folder 2
Scrapbook (NOTE: extremely fragile)
n.d.

Box OS-11: folder 3
Oversized theatrical photographs: unidentified play (includes autographed photograph of actress Mary Gordon Lennox)
n.d.

Box OS-11: folder 4
Vol. 1: Bohemia; Nathan Hale; The Moth and The Flame; Barbara Frietchie
n.d.

Box 8: folder 1
Vol. 2: The Cowboy and the Lady; The Climbers
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
Vol. 3: Captain Jinks; Lover's Lane; The Way of the World
n.d.

Box 8: folder 3
Vol. 4: The Girl and the Judge; The Stubbornness of Geraldine; The Girl with the Green Eyes; The Frisky Mrs. Johnson; Her Own Way
n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
Vol. 5: Major André; Glad of It!; Coronet of the Duchess; Granny; Cousin Billy
n.d.

Box 9: folder 5
Vol. 6: The Woman in the Case; Her Great Match; His Grace de Grammont
n.d.

Box 9: folder 6
Vol. 7: Wolfville
n.d.

Box 9: folder 7
Theatrical photographs - miscellaneous duplicates
n.d.

Box 9: folder 8
Series 6: Personal Affairs,
1903-1907


Autograph book
1903-1904

Box 7: folder 1
Address book
n.d.

Box 7: folder 2
Putnam A. Bates, Consulting Electrical Engineer: "General Specifications covering a new electrical generating and storage plant ... for the residence of Mr. Clyde Fitch, Katonah, New York"
1907 Sep

Box 7: folder 3
Paper spoon (party favor?)
1891 Sep 2

Box 7: folder 4
Invitation card "To meet Monsieur Boldini"
[pre-1897]

Box 7: folder 5

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Subjects
  • Fitch, Clyde, 1865-1909.
  • Theater--United States--19th century--Sources.
  • Theater--United States--20th century--Sources.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1886. Fitch.
  • Browning, Robert, 1812-1889.
  • Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916.
  • Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
  • Phelps, William Lyon, 1865-1943.


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