Kenelm Foss Papers

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Kenelm Foss Papers
Creator: Foss, Kenelm, 1885-1963
Call Number: A.F75.Mims.Miranda
Dates: 1908-1953
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Kenelm Foss Papers
Creator: Foss, Kenelm, 1885-1963
Call Number: A.F75.Mims.Miranda
Dates: 1908-1953
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Kenelm Foss was an English actor and producer who worked in both theatre and films. He was born on December 13, 1885 in Croydon, Surrey, England. With the encouragement of his father, who hoped his son would become a professional artist, Foss studied art at the Wellesley School of Art and in Paris. His interest, however, soon turned to the theatre and in 1903 he made his first appearance on the London stage at the Court Theatre, which was under the management of Granville Barker. He then went to the Glasgow Repertory Theatre in Scotland where he stayed for almost four years producing plays and acting in some to much acclaim. He returned to London to manage the Lyric Theater in the Strand. G. K. Chesterton wrote the play Magic especially for Foss in 1913. The play was very successful and received front-page cover in the Daily Sketch. Foss produced the first performance of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in England and in Europe. After other successful productions, including that of Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son (1912), he contracted tuberculosis and was inactive for a time. In early 1915 Foss began a career directing motion pictures utilizing the production techniques and acting skills he learned in the theatre. Following a relapse of TB, he returned to the theatre and in the early 1920s he spent some time in New York City where he produced a play on Broadway starring John Barrymore.

Foss published several novels, works of poetry, and biographical studies of Richard Brinsley Sheridan and J. M. W. Turner. With Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and others he published in 1920 Practical Course in Cinema Acting in Ten Complete Lessons.

In 1925 Foss's career took a dramatic turn when he opened a sandwich bar in London. The restaurant, which featured 60 different sandwiches daily, attracted Foss's theatrical and movie friends and soon became a great success, so much so that he opened more "Sandys" to accommodate the demand.

In 1907 Foss married the actress Elisabeth Gilson. They had six children, two of whom died in childhood. Kenelm Foss died in 1963.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of letters written to Kenelm Foss by various theatrical people listed below.

Subject(s):
England
Actors
Theater
Motion pictures
Correspondence
Foss, Kenelm, 1885-1963
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Winifred Myers, November 19, 1969. Wilson Fund.Access
The Kenelm Foss Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Kenelm Foss Papers, A.F75.Mims.Miranda, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
In 2005 his daughter Fanny Burney Woolnough provided the biographical information found in this sketch. In 2007 she published (under the name Fanny Burney) a biography of her father, Stage, Screen and Sandwiches: the Remarkable Life of Kenelm Foss. It can be found in the Rare Book Department under the call number PN2598.F648 B87 2007.


Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
1. Ainley, Henry (3)
2. Bax, Clifford (2)
3. Beresford, J.D.
4. Bell, J.J. (2)
5. Belloc-Lowndes Mrs. (3)
6. Bennet, R.V. (4)
7. Beaverbrook, Lord
8. Brighouse, Harold
9. Butt, Sir Alfred
10. Calderon, G
11. Casson, Lewis
12. Chapin, Harold
13. Cochran, C.B. (3)
14. Collier, Contance
15. Dean, Basil
16. Donald, James
17. Dukes, Ashley
18. Esmond, H.V.
19. George, W.L. (2)
20. Gibbs, Sir Philip (4)
21. Gomme, Laurence
22. Grossmith, Weedon
23. Hamilton, Cosmo
24. Harker, Gordon
25. Haselden, W.K.
26. Hawtry, Charles
27. Henson, Leslie
28. Hibberd, Andrew Stuart
29. Hylton, Jack
30. Kennedy, Bart (3)
31. Messel, Oliver
32. Malet, Lucas
33. Nares, Owen
34. Oppenheim, E. Phillips
35. Playfair, Nigel
36. Pertwee, Roland
37. Perth, Lord
38. Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing
39. Squire, J.
40. Smith, C. Aubrey
41. Traves, Ben
42. Vansittart, R., Lord
43. Wilcox, Herbert


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