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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.05 linear feet ((2 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize volume)
Following her graduation from college, Cumming taught music for two and a half years at the Alabama College School of Music in Montevallo. She then returned to New York, intending to pursue a career in opera, but instead joined a trio which sang in vaudeville, on the radio, and in churches.
Cumming began her thirty-year broadcasting career in 1935. She narrated numerous radio and television programs including: "The Woman Reporter", "Woman's Page of the Air", and "News of the Day" (an MGM newsreel). Many of her radio shows and personal appearances focused on the world of fashion; her program, "Fashions on Parade" (1948-1949) was television's first such show. Cumming took on the role of Betty Crocker in 1950; she portrayed BC on television and radio until 1964, when General Mills changed its advertising campaign and when she left broadcasting. Throughout her career, Cumming appeared as a guest speaker at numerous functions, ranging from a luncheon of the Advertising Club of Boston to 4-H Club banquets. In addition, she wrote the scripts for many of the programs in which she appeared, as well as several articles and stories.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Adelaide Fish Hawley Cumming were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in July 1967 by Priscilla Gough Treat and in 1968 and 1976 by Adelaide Cumming.
- Box 1: Folders 1-21
- Box 2: Folders 22-43
- Box 3: Folders 44-58
By: Patricia Affholter
- Cumming, Adelaide Fish Hawley, 1905-1998. Papers of Adelaide Fish Hawley Cumming, 1922-1967: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987.
- EAD ID
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