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titleLeo Stein Collection 1892-1950.
repositoryYale University Library
collection titleThe Leo Stein Collection contains manuscripts of writings by Stein, letters from such persons as: Bernard Berenson, Mabel Dodge Luhan and Maurice Sterne, personal papers, photographs, and artworks (mainly by Stein), which document the life of Leo Stein, an artist and writer.

Many letters to Leo Stein for the period before 1913 can be found in the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers, YCAL MSS 76, also owned by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Biographical/Historical note:
Leo Stein (1872-1947) shared the enthusiasm for art and literature with his sister, Gertrude, when they lived together in Paris during the early part of the 20th century. After his break with her in 1913, he concentrated on painting and aesthetic criticism.

Location: BEINECKE (Non-Circulating)
Call Number: YCAL MSS 78
extentLinear Feet: 19.25
formatsArtworks Correspondence Manuscript
accessThis collection is open for research.
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finding aidFinding aid available online and in repository.
acquisition informationBequest of the estate of Leo and Nina Stein with subsequent gifts from other Stein family members and friends, ca. 1947-65. Bequest of the estate of Leo and Nina Stein with subsequent gifts.
updated02/07/2020 18:19:57

titleGertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961
repositoryYale University Library
collection titleThe Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers contain manuscripts of writings, letters, clippings, photographs, artworks, and personal papers relating to the life and work of Gertrude Stein and her companion, Alice B. Toklas, and to Gertrude's brother, Leo Stein, an artist and writer. As well as holding the bulk of Stein's literary output (often described as "experimental" or "cubist" writing), the materials document Stein and Toklas' involvement with the literary and art scene in Paris during the first half of the 20th century.

Series I, Writings, contains holograph and typescript drafts of the majority of Gertrude Stein's writings, including "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas," "The Making of Americans" (complete with a quantity of notes, or "studies"), "Tender Buttons" and a group of unpublished fragments and carnets, notebooks kept by Stein with preliminary drafts of writings.

Series II, Correspondence of Gertrude Stein, contains letters sent from a wide variety of Stein's friends: artists such as Georges Bracque, Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso; writers such as Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, and Thornton Wilder; and acquaintances through many years such as Mildred Aldrich, Etta and Claribel Cone, Robert Haas, Mabel Dodge Luhan,Sir Francis Rose, Virgil Thomson, and Carl Van Vechten.

Series III,Third Party Letters and Series IV, Alice B. Toklas Correspondence, contain letters from many of the same people, the latter group containing Alice Toklas's correspondence following Gertrude Stein's death.

Series V, Personal Papers, and Series VI, Clippings, gather together various personal affects of Stein and Toklas as well as documentation of Stein's life as reported during her lifetime. Series VII, Photographs, show Stein from early childhood through 1946, the year she died. Prints showing Alice Toklas, various friends, artworks, and locales are included in this series, as are several volumes of prints made by Carl Van Vechten.

Series VIII and IX contain numerous artworks and objects given by Stein and Toklas. Included here are a painting by Pablo Picasso and a sketch by Henri Matisse.

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), writer, art collector, and salonniste./ Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967), companion and secretary to Gertrude Stein, and writer./ Leo Stein (1872-1947), artist and writer.

Location: BEINECKE (Non-Circulating)
Call Number: YCAL MSS 76
extent93 linear ft. (173 boxes)
formatsCorrespondence Personal Papers Photographs Printed Materials Artwork
accessThis collection is open for research. Restricted Fragile Papers in box 173 may only be consulted with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies for reference use have been substituted in the main files.
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finding aidonline and in repository
acquisition informationBequest of Gertrude Stein, 1946, with subsequent gifts from Alice B. Toklas, ca. 1946-67.
updated12/07/2018 10:50:43