Scope and arrangement
The Julia Sanderson Papers consist of scrapbooks of clippings and photographs documenting Sanderson's career in musical comedy from 1913-1928. The scrapbooks also include information about her husband Frank Crumit's career. There is some correspondence. Most of the letters are to Crumit from his friends and colleagues. One wonderful "fan letter" from Jerome Kern to Sanderson recalls an earlier time when they worked together: she introduced his first hit "They Didn't Believe Me".
A number of photographs, many autographed, of colleagues and friends as well as professional and "at home" photographs of the Crumits were removed from the collection and placed in the appropriate Theatre Collection files [see list]. A few non-theatrical photos remain. Rounding out the collection are a Charles Frohman autograph and a cartoon drawing of Sanderson and Crumit. The Julia Sanderson Papers are interesting for their documentation of the early days of the Broadway musical and of many of the great performers of that era.
The Julia Sanderson papers are arranged in three series:
- 1923-19271 folder
Includes letters to Frank Crumit and related clippings [these were part of a scrapbook]; a letter from Jerome Kern to Ms. Sanderson.
- 4 folder
Includes photographs of non-theatrical celebrities, Charles Frohman's autograph, an original drawing by Dorothy Edwards and a halftone of Frank Crumit.
- 1913-19283.5 boxes
Includes clippings and photographs of Sanderson and Crumit shows.