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Katharine Cornell papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00042

Scope and Contents

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."

NOTE: The container list for this collection is available in the Sophia Smith Collection. Please contact us to request a copy.


  • 1938-1960


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Conditions Governing 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.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing 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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


1 boxes (.25 linear feet)


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."
Katharine Cornell papers
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:13-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-07-02: Added container list to ASpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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