Scope and arrangement
The Una Abell Brinker Papers consist of scrapbook clippings of her theatrical career, family photographs and personal effects, some correspondence and unpublished memoirs, spanning the years 1895-1952. The value of this collection is in its newspaper documentation of the Newark theatre in the early 20th century, as well as Miss Brinker's personal recollections of famous performers with whom she appeared. The collection also contains correspondence from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. and Wendell L. Willkie.
The Una Abell Brinker papers are arranged in two series:
- 1895-1952.4 linear feet
Contains both professional and personal correspondence spanning the dates 1895-1952, including letters from such individuals as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. and Wendell L. Willkie.
The majority of Una Abell Brinker's outgoing correspondence are handwritten letters to her daughter, Joan. The highlight of this section are her brief handwritten memoirs on performers with whom she collaborated, including Sarah Bernhardt and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., among others. Several manuscripts are also included: her grandfather's handwritten reminiscences and an autobiographical typescript. This series includes historic family photographs (tintypes), as well as stage portraits of the actress. Rounding out the collection are sheet music of the “Brinker-Abell March” and her baptismal cap.
- 1900-1952.4 linear feet
This series consists mostly of clippings and scrapbooks pertaining to Una Abell Brinker's career in the Newark theatre. The range of dates covered is 1900-1952. There are obituary files for both Miss Brinker and her second husband, Jacob H. Kahn, a theatre producer. One scrapbook remnant is devoted to the accidental death of her first husband and leading man, H. Coulter Brinker, due to a fall in 1900.