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Robert W. Waite papers

Identifier: PIMS-0052

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Scope and Contents

The Robert W. Waite papers (1949-1994) contain personal papers related to his membership with the Saturday Night Club. These materials include photographs of members such as H.L. Mencken and Theodore Hemberger, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.


  • Creation: 1949-1994


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Robert W. Waite, a cellist, was born in Logansport, Indiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in 1935. Waite worked for the federal government for several years, serving as a decoder in 1942 for the Army Signal Corps. Through this position he met H.L. Mencken, who invited him to join the Saturday Night Club. The club was founded in 1904 by Mencken as a way for members to socialize and perform classical music. Waite played the cello in the group during its last few years of existence in the late 1940s. He died in 1994.


0.24 Cubic Feet (1 half-size legal box)

Language of Materials



Robert W. Waite was a cellist for the Saturday Night Club. His collection includes personal papers from his time spent as a member of the group.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anne King and Theodore Roetken in 1994.

Guide to the Robert W. Waite papers
Kerri Sheehan
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA