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Katharine Cornell Papers, 1938-1960
1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 42

Abstract:
Actress; Theatrical producer. The Katharine Cornell Papers include manuscripts and correspondence related to "I Wanted to Be an Actress" and scripts from "Antony and Cleopatra" and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street."

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Publicity photo of Katherine Cornell in costume, undated

Publicity photo of Katherine Cornell
in costume, undated

Katharine Cornell (1893-1974) was born in Germany and raised in Buffalo, New York. She began her stage career with the Washington Square Players in New York City in 1916. In 1921, she married director, Guthrie McClintic, and in 1931, they formed the Cornell- McClintic Corporation, their own theatrical company. Some of Cornell's more famous roles were the leads in "A Bill of Divorcement" (1921), "St. Joan" (1936), "Romeo and Juliet"(1933- 34), and "The Barretts of Wimpole St." and Candide" (1931-34). She toured European front- lines during World War II, performing for GIs. Her last production was in "Dear Liar"(1959). Over her career, she received numerous honors and awards. Her autobiography, I Wanted to Be an Actress was published in 1938.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Katharine Cornell Papers include manuscripts and correspondence related to I Wanted to Be an Actress and scripts from "Antony and Cleopatra" and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street."

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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Katharine Cornell Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Actresses--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974
  • Women in the theater--United States--History--Sources


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