Scope and arrangement
These research materials consist primarily of clippings and notes compiled by Adolph S. Tomars, son of Semion Tomars, who was an associate of Oscar Hammerstein I. The purpose of the research is unclear. There are a small number of photographs, programs, and letters mostly relating to Hammerstein’s theaters. A large portion of the subject files cover subjects such as opera, music, and theater, and includes clippings on personalities from the era of Oscar Hammerstein I, or of those who performed in his theaters. There are also a few production materials relating to opera companies with which Semion Tomars was associated.
Also included are materials relating to Oscar Hammerstein I’s career, such as descriptions published by the U. S. Patent Office of his numerous inventions. There are also handwritten notes, probably by Semion Tomars, giving his impressions and recollections of Hammerstein.
The Adolph S. Tomars Oscar Hammerstein I research papers are arranged in four series:
- undated.5 boxes
The research notes consist of transcriptions largely from British newspapers and books, made by Adolph S. and Regina Tomars at the Newspaper Library of the British Museum. The notes cover Hammerstein’s involvement with the London Opera House from 1910 to 1913. There are also several clippings on the London Opera House in the Oversized series.
- 1878 - 19772 boxes
This series contains U. S Patent Office printed descriptions of Hammerstein’s inventions, most of which relate to cigarmaking, but also include descriptions of wash basins, an exhibition building, a fire extinguishing device, a necktie, and a method of subway ventilation. Included in this series are handwritten notes, probably by Semion Tomars, that give his recollections and impressions of Hammerstein. There are also three letters to Manhattan Opera House subscribers, several programs and clippings on Hammerstein, his theaters, and the Hammerstein family.
- 1906 - 1980
- 1897 - 19511 12" x 16" box