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Guide to the Rose Cumming, Russell L. Cecil,
and Affiliated Families Photographs and Papers
1870s-2012
 PR 393

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cecil, Russell L. (Russell La Fayette), 1881-1965
Creator: Cumming, Rose, 1887-1968
Title: Rose Cumming, Russell L. Cecil, and affiliated families photographs and papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1870s-2012
Abstract: Family photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and ephemera documenting the lives and careers of Australian-American sisters Rose Stuart Cumming (1887–1968), a groundbreaking interior decorator; Dorothy Cumming (1894–1983), a silent film actress best known for playing the Virgin Mary in Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings" (1927); and Eileen Cumming Cecil (1892–1982), a writer, advertising executive, and designer, who married noted rheumatologist and medical textbook author Dr. Russell LaFayette Cecil (1881–1965). Of note are the photographs of interiors decorated by Rose Cumming, a scrapbook of Florsheim Shoes advertisements by Eileen Cumming Associates, and a booklet of production stills from "King of Kings." The collection includes a small group of textile samples made by Rose Cumming Chintzes that reproduces some of Rose's original floral designs.
Quantity: 16 Linear feet in 13 boxes (7 record cartons and 6 flat boxes).
Call Phrase: PR 393