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Paul Kester papers

Title
Paul Kester papers, 1880-1933.
Author
Kester, Paul, 1870-1933.
Supplementary Content
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Description
43 linear feet (42 boxes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Photoprints.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Additional Formats (note)
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
Source (note)
  • Kester, Paul and Viola I. Cooper
Biography (note)
  • Paul Kester (1870-1933) was an American dramatist and author. He wrote popular novels and also plays which were produced on Broadway with well-known American and British actors. His older brother, Vaughan Kester (1869-1911) was a journalist and novelist who wrote short stories and assisted Paul with his plays. Harriet Watkins Kester was their mother and Jessie Jennings Kester was married to Vaughan Kester.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 1641
Author
Kester, Paul, 1870-1933.
Title
Paul Kester papers, 1880-1933.
Additional Formats
Lillie Langtry letters, 1903-1906, 1910-1912, 1916 available on microfilm; New York Public Library; *ZL-496
Eileen W. Anglin letters and Margaret M. Anglin correspondence available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Henry G. Rogers and Paul Wilstach papers; papers relating to Edith Cavell and to gypsies; and writings by others (Box 27) available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Summary
Collection consists of correspondence, literary manuscripts and personal papers of Paul Kester and his brother Vaughan covering their work as dramatists and their correspondence with people in the performing arts. Harriet Watkins Kester's and Jessie Jennings Kester's personal papers are included in the collection. The bulk of Paul Kester's papers is correspondence with actors, actresses, playwrights, producers, publishers, and script writers. His personal letters, 1888-1924, are mainly to his mother, brother and sister-in-law and many of the letters refer to his daily activities as a playwright. Writings contain his working notes and drafts of some of his plays and novels. Miscellaneous papers include photographs of the Kester family and small collections of other individuals' papers. Vaughan Kester's papers contain incoming letters from colleagues; outgoing letters, 1891-1907, to his mother and to Paul Wilstach; writings; and miscellaneous papers. Papers of Harriet Watkins Kester consist of correspondence, 1874-1926, with her sons Paul and Vaughan about their careers and with her daughter-in-law Jessie; and writings, diaries and other materials. Jessie Jennings Kester's correspondence, 1899-1914, is with friends, her brother-in-law and mother-in-law, and with various members of the Kester and Watkins families. Also includes scrapbooks with press notices of Paul Kester's novels and plays.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Paul Kester (1870-1933) was an American dramatist and author. He wrote popular novels and also plays which were produced on Broadway with well-known American and British actors. His older brother, Vaughan Kester (1869-1911) was a journalist and novelist who wrote short stories and assisted Paul with his plays. Harriet Watkins Kester was their mother and Jessie Jennings Kester was married to Vaughan Kester.
Finding Aids
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Dramatists.
Novelists.
Authors.
Added Author
Anglin, Margaret, 1876-1958.
Belasco, David, 1853-1931.
Chambers, David Laurance, 1879-
Dillingham, C. B. (Charles Bancroft), 1868-1934.
Farmer, Warren.
Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942.
Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932.
Frohman, Charles, 1860-1915.
Galland, Bertha.
Gardener, Helen H. (Helen Hamilton), 1858-1925.
Gay, Frederick P. (Frederick Parker), 1874-
Hewes, Laurence I. (Laurence Ilsley), Sr., 1876-1950.
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
Howland, Hewitt H. (Hewitt Hanson), 1863-1944.
Jennings, H. S. (Herbert Spencer), 1868-1947.
Kester, Harriet Watkins.
Kester, Jessie Jennings.
Kester, Vaughan, 1869-1911.
Langtry, Lillie, 1853-1929.
MacMillan, Grant.
Marbury, Elizabeth, 1856-
Marlowe, Julia, 1865-1950.
Megrue, Roi Cooper, 1883-1927.
Moore, R. Walton (Robert Walton), 1859-1941.
Rogers, Henry G.
Salvini, Alessandro, 1861-1886.
Sargent, Margaret Winthrop.
Sothern, E. H. (Edward Hugh), 1859-1933.
Thorpe, Courtnay.
Wilstach, Paul, 1870-1952.
American Play Company.
Bobbs-Merrill Company.
Samuel French, Inc.
LCCN
ms 70001752
Research Call Number
MssCol 1641
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