Adams, Maude, 1872-1953

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Maude Ewing Kiskadden (1872-1953), known professionally as Maude Adams, was an American stage actress who achieved her greatest success as Peter Pan.

From the description of Maude Adams visiting cards, undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 774127810

Actress, author, and educator.

From the description of Maude Adams papers, 1925-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981090

American actress and teacher, also known as Maude Adams Kiskadden.

From the description of Papers of Maude Adams, 1877-1956 (inclusive), 1899-1918, 1931-1953 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612378192

American actress.

From the description of Maude Adams photographs and autograph, 1895-1898. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 173203732

American actress. Original name: Maude Kiskadden

From the guide to the Maude Adams autographs, 1894-1933, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Maude Adams, actress, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1872.

She made her stage debut with her mother, actress Annie Adams when only a few months old. From 1877-1887 she played children's roles in twenty-six plays. In 1890 Charles Frohman engaged both mother and daughter for his new stock company at New York's Empire Theatre. Under his tutelage, Maude Adams eventually became John Drew's leading lady and was later cast in J.M. Barrie's THE LITTLE MINISTER. She met with great success as Lady Babbie and went on to become the quintessential Barrie heroine in WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS, QUALITY STREET, THE LEGEND OF LEONORA and PETER PAN.

Maude Adams retired from the stage in 1918 and focused her work on perfecting stage lighting. Later she became interested in color photography for motion pictures. She returned to the stage twice - in 1931 to play Portia in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and in 1934 to play Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT.

In 1937, at the age of 65, she accepted a teaching position at Stephens College in Missouri where she developed an acting program and directed student productions. In 1950, when she was no longer physically able to continue her activities, she returned to her home in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. where she died in 1953 at the age of 81.

From the description of Maude Adams collection, 1879-1956. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122456141

Biographical Note

Maude Adams, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1872, was an American stage actress. Active in the years 1888-1916, she was a successful and high-paid performer known mostly for her role as Peter Pan. Adams headed the drama department at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, from 1937 to 1943. She died in Tannersville, New York, in 1953.

From the guide to the Maude Adams Papers, 1925-1956, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Actress Maude Adams (nee Kiskadden) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 11, 1872. Her parents were James Kiskadden and stock actress Annie Adams. Maude was only a few months old when she made her stage debut during one of her mother's performances. From 1877-1887 she played children's roles in twenty-six plays. In 1890 Charles Frohman engaged both mother and daughter for his new stock company at New York's Empire Theatre. Under his tutelage Miss Adams eventually became John Drew's leading lady, made a great hit in The Masked Ball, and was fortuitously cast in J.M. Barrie's The Little Minister . She met with incredible success as Lady Babbie and went on to become the quintessential Barrie heroine in What Every Woman Knows, Quality Street, The Legend of Leonora, and, of course, Peter Pan . Among her many other successes were roles in L'Aiglon, Chantecler, and The Jesters . For years Miss Adams not only performed in New York but also took many of her productions on tour. When she retired from the stage in 1918, she focused on perfecting stage lighting and became interested in color photography for motion pictures. She returned to the stage twice: in 1931 to play Portia in The Merchant of Venice and in 1934 to play Maria in Twelfth Night .

In 1937, at the age of 65, she accepted a teaching position at Stephens College in Missouri where she developed an acting program and directed student productions. In 1950, when she was no longer physically able to continue her activities, she returned to her home in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. where she died in 1953 at the age of 81.

From the guide to the Maude Adams collection, 1879-1956, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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referencedIn Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966, 1924-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn McKenzie, David, 1833-1912. Papers, 1860-1930. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library
creatorOf Frohman, Charles, 1860-1915. Charles Frohman Letterpress Copybooks, 1898-1921. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Skinner, Maude Durbin, d. 1936. Letter, to Karl Schmitt. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Heineman theatrical collection, ca. 1902-1915. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Maude Adams visiting cards, undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Cook, Frances A.,. Souvenir booklets of plays : Little minister ; L'Aiglon ; Quality Street ; Peter Pan / starring Maude Adams ; collected by Frances A. Cook. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Cook, Francis A.,. Scrapbook of clippings of reviews by dramatic critics : articles and pictures of plays starring Maude Adams / collected by Francis A. Cook. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society. Family files, ca. 1900-1990. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937. Letters, 1915-1920, to Louis L. Delafield. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Robbins, Phyllis. Papers, 1953-1957. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society. Oral history collection, 1980-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920,. Robinson Locke Collection, 1870-1920. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Heloise Durant Rose Letters, 1873-1945 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Papers, 1911-1934. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Maude Adams collection, [ca. 1904-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Golden Family Collection, 1795-1996 Working Men's Institute of New Harmony, Indianahttp://www.workingmensinstitute.org/
referencedIn Reed, Ida Metz. Letter, 1912 Feb. 26, [Windsor, Vt.], to Homer St. Gaudens, Chicago, Illinois. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Acosta, Mercedes de. Papers, 1855-1964 (bulk 1920-1962). Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Adams, Maud, actress. . . Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Katharine Hepburn papers, 1854-1997, 1928-1994 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Elkins, Kate Felton. Kate Felton Elkins collection, 1775-1927. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Loewentheil, Stephan,. American theater collection of cabinet cards, [1871-1907]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Maude Adams collection, 1879-1956 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Pach Brothers Portrait Photograph Collection, 1867-1947, undated (bulk 1880-1940) © 2011 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Maude Adams collection, 1879-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Wilson, Helen Hope. Theater scrapbooks, 1913-1917. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Crawford Theater collection, 1663-1992 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Theater and Entertainment Scrapbooks, 1883-1947 Cleveland Public Library
referencedIn Rudyard Kipling collection of papers, 1879-1956, 1882-1941 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Maude Adams Papers, 1925-1956 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn McKenzie, David, 1833-1912. Papers, 1860-1930. Landmarks of Science Microform Service
creatorOf Maude Adams autographs, 1894-1933 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Autograph File, A, 1518-2002. Houghton Library
referencedIn [Ross Collection of Theater Portraits] [graphic], [19--?] Bancroft Library
referencedIn Photographs of American and European actors, actresses and singers [manuscript], ca.1890-1910. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Library Special Collections
referencedIn Armond Fields American Theatre collection, Bulk, 1895-1925, 1856-2000 USC Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Charles Frohman Letterpress Copybooks, 1898-1921 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
referencedIn Moore, John, 1814-1893. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, ca.1800-1934. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Scrapbooks of Maude Adams clippings, circa 1906-1930. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. The saviour, [19--] / a compilation from the gospels by Maude Adams. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Letter, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968. Theatrical caricatures : linocuts. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Freuh, Alfred, 1880-1968. Alfred Freuh woodcuts cartoons, 1905-1925. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn A. P. Watt and Son records, 1861-1971, 1880-1949 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937. Letters : to Maude Adams and Charles Frohman, 1897-1928. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Maude Adams photographs and autograph, 1895-1898. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Autograph, 1902. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Abott, Bessie, 1878-1919,. Autograph album of Hartman Hotel, 1903-1918. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, ca.1797-1907. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935. Papers, 1846-1961 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Brooklyn theater collection, Bulk, 1863-1911, 1733-1916 Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn Johnson, Edith Christina. Typed letter signed Edith Johnson to: "My Dear Mr. Fullerton" August 17, 1925. Wellesley College
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953,. Autograph letter signed from Maude Adams to Gustave Kobbé [manuscript], 1903 January 24. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Robinson Locke Collection, 1870-1920 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Theatrical scrapbook collection, 1791-1967. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Crouse, John Robert, 1874-1946. John Robert Crouse autograph collection, [15--]-ca. 1946. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Maude Adams papers, 1925-1956. Library of Congress
creatorOf Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. Rudyard Kipling collection of papers, 1882-1956 bulk (1882-1941). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Papers of Maude Adams, 1877-1956 (inclusive), 1899-1918, 1931-1953 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1846-1961 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966. Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966 bulk (1924-1966). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Crawford, Jack Randall, b. 1878. Crawford Theater collection, 1663-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Scrapbook on theater and opera, 1901-1915. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Jones Studio (Boulder, Colo.),. Maude L. Adams portrait [between 1906 and 1908]. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn David McKenzie papers, 1860-1962 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahManuscripts Division
referencedIn Mackey and Rollins vaudeville scrapbook, 1898-1930. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
creatorOf Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003. Katharine Hepburn papers, 1854-1997 (bulk 1928-1994). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Viereck, George Sylvester, 1884-1962. Literary manuscripts of George Sylvester Viereck, 1955. Library of Congress
referencedIn Lewis Archibald collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Photographs, prints, and drawings, ca. 1600-1936 (inclusive), 1861-1936 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. Mounted photograph of Maude Adams and program from Peter Pan, 1899. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Fields, Armond, 1930-. Armond Fields American Theatre collection, 1856-2000 (bulk 1895-1925). University of Southern California, USC Libraries
referencedIn Blanche Kendall McKey photograph collection, 1865-1915 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahPhotograph Archives
referencedIn Souvenir programs of contemporary personalities, 1880-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
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associatedWith Acosta, Mercedes de. person
correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Amory, Cleveland. person
associatedWith A. P. Watt and Son corporateBody
associatedWith Archibald, Lewis person
associatedWith Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937. person
associatedWith Benchley, Gertrude. person
associatedWith Burr McIntosh person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN, 1860-1935 person
associatedWith Cleveland Public Library Literature Department corporateBody
associatedWith Cook, Francis A., person
associatedWith Crawford, Jack Randall, b. 1878. person
associatedWith Crouse, John Robert, 1874-1946. person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Elkins, Kate Felton. person
associatedWith Fields, Armond, 1930- person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Pegeen. person
associatedWith Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theatre, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection) corporateBody
associatedWith Freuh, Alfred, 1880-1968. person
associatedWith Frohman, Charles, 1860-1915. person
associatedWith Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968. person
associatedWith Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935. person
associatedWith Golden Family family
associatedWith Gordon, Ruth, 1896- person
associatedWith Hagen, Uta, 1919-2004. person
associatedWith Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Edith Christina. person
associatedWith Jones Studio (Boulder, Colo.), corporateBody
associatedWith Julia Tompkins Pottle person
associatedWith Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. person
correspondedWith Kobbé, Gustav, 1857-1918 person
associatedWith Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Locke, Robinson, 1856-1920, person
associatedWith Loewentheil, Stephan, person
associatedWith Mackey and Rollins. corporateBody
associatedWith Maude Ewing Kiskadden person
associatedWith McIntosh, Burr, 1862-1942. person
associatedWith McKenzie, David, 1833-1912. person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966. person
associatedWith Morrissey, Will. person
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
associatedWith Phyllis Robbins person
associatedWith Reed, Ida Metz. person
associatedWith Robbins, Phyllis. person
associatedWith Robbins, Phyllis. Maude Adams; an intimate portrait. 1956. person
associatedWith Robinson Locke person
associatedWith Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937 person
associatedWith Rose, Heloise Durant. person
associatedWith Rostand, Edmond, 1868-1918 person
associatedWith Ruth Gordon person
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Homer, b. 1880. person
associatedWith Sarony (New York, N.Y.), photographer corporateBody
associatedWith Skinner, Maude Durbin, d. 1936. person
associatedWith Stephens College. corporateBody
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Viereck, George Sylvester, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Wilson, Helen Hope. person
associatedWith Wood, James M. person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
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Theater--Study and teaching
Actresses
Actresses--Biography
Theater
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Actresses--United States
Theater--History--20th century
Speech--Study and teaching
Acting
Acting--Study and teaching
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Birth 1872-11-11

Death 1953-07-17

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