Scope and arrangement
The Miriam Shomer Zunser Papers, 1903-1965 (bulk dates 1903-1930) consist chiefly of her writings. These typescripts with annotations are rough drafts; some are undated and incomplete. Noteworthy among them are the memoir Yesterday (1939) which depicts three generations of Jewish life, and The Enchanted Well (c. 1920s). One of the works in the collection, The Dance of Love was written in collaboration with her sister Rose Shomer. There are two examples of her husband Charles Zunser's writing, "The wife beater: a monologue" and the poem "Ode to a Dead Lily".
Zunser's correspondence, 1905-1942, is scant. Included among the few items addressed to Zunser is a letter dated May 18, 1917 from the General Board of Elections notifying her of her nomination as a delegate to the American Jewish Congress. A letter of recommendation dated 1905 commends her for her teaching skills at the Educational Alliance. Overall, the correspondence sheds very little light on Zunser's life or her dramatic writings. The remainder of the collection consists of printed matter, including a brochure for the art exhibit of her son Shomer Zunser, 1965, and a family tree of the Zunser family.
The Miriam Shomer Zunser papers are arranged in three series:
The General Correspondence, 1905-1942, contains mainly incoming letters to Zunser. The second section is a smattering of family related correspondence, 1920; 1930.
The bulk of the writings consist of dramatic works by Miriam Shomer Zunser; there are also two works by Charles Zunser. This series contains Zunser's memoir, Yesterday (bound typescript).
This series contains a brochure for an exhibit of watercolors by Shomer Zunser, 1965, miscellaneous newspaper clippings relating to Charles Zunser, and a pencilled family tree of the Zunser family.