Robert Cummings papers

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Robert Cummings papers

Dates: approximately 1920-1980

Papers and photographs dealing with Cummings's career as a screen, television, and stage actor, especially detailing the production of his television program, The Bob Cummings Show. Includes numerous financial and investment records, including for Cummings's production companies, Ten Sixty and Laurel. Also includes personal correspondence and legal documentation on the Cummings divorce. Also includes scrapbooks covering Cummings's career and his interest in aviation, phonograph disks of various Cummings radio appearences, audiotapes of him and others, home movies and videotape copies of the same, and 16-mm. prints of some of his movies and television appearances. Dated approximately 1920-1980.

  • Extent: 88 cartons (88 linear ft.). -- 17 film boxes (17 linear ft.). -- 19 oversize boxes (19 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Cummings, Robert, 1908-1990
  • Call Number: MSS 2129
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Arts & Communications Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Access restricted as per understanding with donor. Permission to use must be obtained from curator of Arts and Communications Archives.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Robert Cummings papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 2129; Robert Cummings papers; Arts and Communications Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2129, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The papers were created and gathered by Cummings and his wife during his lengthy Hollywood career. They passed to his daughter, Melinda, who donated them to Brigham Young University in 1997, 1999, and 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Melinda Cummings; 1997. Donated; Melinda Cummings; 1999. Donated; Melinda Cummings; 2013.
Subject Terms
Actors--United States; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Motion picture producers and directors--United States; Motion pictures--Production and direction--United States; Performing Arts; Television--Production and direction
Genre / Form
Amateur films; Audiotapes; Feature films; Letters; Long-playing records; Photographs; Scrapbooks; Videotapes
Bob Cummings show (Television program)
Processing Information
Processed; Norm Gillespie; 1997. Processed; Norm Gillespie; 1999. Processed; Jim D'Arc; 2013.
Appraisal Information
Arts and Communications.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Cummings (Robert) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-07T10:11-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

Robert Cummings (1910-1990) was an American motion picture and television star.

Born Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings on June 9, 1910, Robert (or Bob) Cummings grew up in Joplin, Missouri. His godfather, Orville Wright, taught him to fly at an early age and flying remained a lifelong passion. He studied at both the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Cummings debuted on Broadway in 1931, using the name Blade Stanhope Conway. He later moved to Hollywood, where he appeared first under the name of Bruce Hutchins and then using the name Robert Cummings. He appeared in two films for Alfred Hitchcock, "Sabateur" and "Dial M for Murder." In the 1950s he moved on to television, where he appeared in several situtaion comedy shows, the most successful of which was "The Bob Cummings Show," also known as "Love That Bob." A firm believer in health foods, he was an investor and spokesman for various companies. Married five times and the father of seven children, Cummings died on December 2, 1990.

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