The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10023-7498
New York, New York
3 linear feet; 6 boxes
These research materials consist primarily of clippings and notes compiled by Adolph S. Tomars, son of Semion Tomars, who was an associate of Oscar Hammerstein I. The purpose of the research is unclear. There are a small number of photographs, programs, and letters mostly relating to Hammerstein's theaters. A large portion of the subject files cover subjects such as opera, music, and theater, and includes clippings on personalities from the era of Oscar Hammerstein I, or of those who performed in his theaters. There are also a few production materials relating to opera companies with which Semion Tomars was associated. Also included are materials relating to Oscar Hammerstein I's career, such as descriptions published by the U. S. Patent Office of his numerous inventions. Hammerstein began to invent devices related to cigarmaking and is said to have made over $1,000,000 from his inventions.There are also handwritten notes, probably by Semion Tomars, giving his impressions and recollections of Hammerstein.