Scope and arrangement
The Eusebia Cosme Papers, 1927-1973, deal mainly with Ms. Cosme's career as a diseuse and actress. The collection includes personal papers, correspondence, contracts, poems and essays, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, scripts, certificates, posters, and photographs. The majority of the material is in Spanish. The papers are arranged chronologically within each type of material.
The Eusebia Cosme papers are arranged in seven series:
The file contains two diplomas from the Escuela Municipal de Musica where Cosme studied, a typescript of the theme song from “Mama Dolores,” and manuscripts of two other songs written by her.
- 1928-1972, n.d.
The file is comprised of scattered and miscellaneous incoming correspondence, primarily from friends and acquaintances. There is one letter from Cosme to a friend. Included are two letters from Felix B. Caignet (1936, 1943) concerning his work and activities in Cuba, and expressing his friendship and admiration for Cosme, who during this period of their association frequently recited or read from his works.
The contracts are related to Cosme's work on stage for recitals and plays, as well as for movies and television.
The file is divided into two groups. The first group consists of laudatory poems and essays written about Cosme. Among them is an article-essay by Fernando Ortiz, the Cuban ethnologist. The second group contains holograph, typescript and printed poems which were apparently sent or given to Cosme for possible inclusion in her performances.
Scripts for movies, television, plays and radio are arranged alphabetically by the name of the author, playwright, screenwriter or adapter and include an incomplete television script for “El Derecho de Nacer” which was made into a series for Spanish-language television; the movie scripts for “Mama Dolores” and “Rosas Blancas Para Mi Hermana Negra;” and ten scripts for the “Eusebia Cosme Show” on CBS radio.
- 1936-1970Oversize Folder
CERTIFICATES, 1936-1970, primarily consists of certificates and diplomas awarded to Cosme during her 1952-1953 trip to Cuba, the first since she left in 1937. Included also are two handpainted, holograph certificates given to her by the Town Council of Santiago de Cuba and the Governor of Oriente Province.