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Finding Aid for the Gilbert A. Harrison Collection of Material by and Relating to Gertrude Stein
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index to Manuscripts, Photographs, Recordings
  • Added Entries
  • Subject Entries
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gilbert A. Harrison Collection of Material by and Relating to Gertrude Stein,
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1984
    Collection number: 2108
    Creator: Harrison, Gilbert A.
    Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Gilbert Harrison was a UCLA alumnus and former editor-in-chief of The New Republic magazine. He began corresponding with Gertrude Stein in 1933, and continued to correspond with Stein until her death in 1946. The collection contains galley and page proofs for books by and about Stein, documents regarding the Stein estate, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, objects, tape recordings, film, graphics, theatre programs, and exhibition catalogs. Correspondence from Alice B. Toklas, and articles about her, are also included.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gilbert A. Harrison Collection of Material by and Relating to Gertrude Stein (Collection 2108). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Gilbert A. Harrison, 1973-88.
    Bulk of collection was received from Harrison; consult finding aid for additional information.

    Biography

    Gilbert Harrison, UCLA alumnus and former editor-in-chief of The new republic magazine, began corresponding with Gertrude Stein in 1933, and met her at a lecture in Pasadena, California, in 1934; Harrison visited Stein and Alice B. Toklas at their home in France in 1937, when Stein presented him with the typescript of The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas; Harrison continued to correspond with Stein until her death in 1946, and maintained a friendship with Toklas until her death in 1967.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains galley and page proofs for books by and about Stein, and documents regarding the Stein estate. Also includes correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, objects, tape recordings, film, graphics, theatre programs, and exhibition catalogs. Correspondence from Alic B. Toklas and articles about her are included. Original works of art, including an original oil painting of Alice B. Toklas by Pavel Tchelitchev, are cataloged separately.

    Expanded Scope and Content Note

    Gilbert Harrison, UCLA alumnus and former editor-in-chief of the New Republic, first met Gertrude Stein in 1934, in Pasadena, California. Harrison, who had corresponded with Stein since 1933, and fellow UCLA students Hal Levy and Bill Okie, attended Stein's lecture at the Women's Club in Pasadena. The three students were so fascinated by Stein and her approach to literature and art that they followed her after the lecture to the Huntington Hotel where she was staying. After introducing themselves to her, Stein prevailed upon them to share a few moments conversation which lasted until early morning.
    The acquaintance was renewed in 1937 when Harrison visited Stein and Alice B. Toklas at Bilignin. It was at this time that Stein presented the typescript for The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas to him. Their friendship and correspondence continued until her death in 1946. Harrison continued to correspond with Alice and maintained a warm, affectionate friendship with her until her death in 1967.
    The Gilbert Harrison collection of Steiniana is a rich source of information for one of the most unique and controversial literary figures of the 20th century. It includes books by and about Stein, original works of art, correspondence from Stein and Toklas and others, manuscripts, galley and page proofs for books by and about Stein, photographs, documents concerning the Stein estate, objects, tape recordings, film, graphics, articles by and about Stein, theatre programs and exhibition catalogs. Harrison's collection of books by and about Stein have been, cataloged individually and are listed in the Rare Book Catalog, Department of Special Collections. Original works of art are listed in the Numbered Collections Catalog, Department of Special Collections.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Correspondence (Box 1).
    • Manuscripts (Box 2).
    • Documents, ephemera, tape recordings, film (Box 3).
    • Photographs, graphics, published articles by Stein (Box 4).
    • Articles about Stein and/or Toklas (Box 5).
    • Letters and typecripts (Box 6).
    • Letters from Stein and Toklas (Box 7).
    • Scrapbooks (Box 8).
    • Photograph of plaque, typescripts of Identity and related correspondence (Box 9).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946--Archives.
    Toklas, Alice, B.--Archives.
    Women authors, American--France--Paris--Archival resources.

    Index to Manuscripts, Photographs, Recordings

    Alsop, Joseph Wright, 1910- Box 1, folder 21
    Balmain, Pierre, 1914- Box 4, folder 5
    Beach, Sylvia, 1887-1962 Box 1, folder 10
    Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, 1904- Box 4, folder 3
    Bowles, Paul Frederic, 1911- Box 1, folder 22
    Breon, John Box 4, folder 8
    Brown, Robert Carlton, 1886-1959 Box 6, folder 16
    Burns, Edward Box 2, folder 6
    Davidson, Jo, 1883-1952 Box 4, folder 13
    Delar, Sophie Box 4, folder 1
    Gorey, Edward St. John Box 4, folder 18
    Haas, Robert Bartlett Box 2, folder 8; Box 8
    Harrison, Gilbert A Box 1, folders 1, 3-19; Box 2, folder 9; Box 4, folder 19; Box 5, folder 27-28
    Kapton, Constantinoff Box 1, folder 23
    Katz, Leon, 1919- Box 2, folders 6, 10
    Kazin, Alfred, 1915- Box 8
    Knapik, Harold Box 1, folder 20
    Knapik, Virginia Box 1, folder 20; Box 3, folder 5
    Moore, Honor, 1915- Box 2, folder 11
    Picabia, Francis, 1878-1946 Box 6, folder 29
    Rea, Joy Box 6, folders 18-27.
    Rogers, William Garland, 1896- Box 4, folder 2
    Rose, Sir Francis Cyril, Bart., 1909- Box 1, folders 24-25; Box 6, folder 5-6, 10
    Seldes, Marian Box 3, folder 1
    Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 Box 1, folders 1-2, 27; Box 2, folder 1-5; Box 3, folder 7-8, 10; Box 4, folder 1-2, 9-13, 16-30; Box 5, folder 29; Box 6, folder 6-12, 15-16
    Stein family Box 3, folder 10
    Sutherland, Donald Box 6, folder 14
    Tchelitchew, Pavel, 1898-1957 Box 6, folder 15
    Thomson, Virgil, 1896- Box 6, folder 28
    Toklas, Alice Babette, 1877-1967 Box 1, folders 3-19; Box 2, folder 7; Box 3, folder 2,4; Box 4, folder 3-11, 15-17; Box 6, folder 6, 13-14, 18-26
    Toklas family Box 4, folder 12
    Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 Box 1, folder 27; Box 4, folder 8-9; Box 5, folder 29; Box 6, folder 7
    Wilder, Thornton Niven, 1897-1975 Box 4, folder 7

    Added Entries

    Alsop, Joseph Wright, 1910-
    Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, 1904-
    Bowles, Paul Frederic, 1911-
    Breon, John
    Brown, Robert Carlton, 1886-1959
    Burns, Edward
    Delar, Sophie
    Gorey, Edward St. John
    Haas, Robert Bartlett
    Katz, Leon, 1919-
    Kazin, Alfred, 1915-
    Knapik, Harold
    Knapik, Virginia
    Moore, Honor, 1915-
    Rose, Sir Francis Cyril, Bart., 1909-
    Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946
    Tchelitchew, Pavel, 1898-1957
    Toklas, Alice Babette
    Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
    Thomson, Virgil, 1896-
    Rea, Joy
    Picabia, Francis, 1878-1946

    Subject Entries

    American literature - 20th century.
    Authors, American - Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
    Balmain, Pierre, 1914 -- Portrait.
    Beach, Sylvia, 1867-1962.
    Book-plates - Specimens.
    Davidson, Jo, 1883-1952.
    Rogers, Willia, Garland, 1896-
    Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946.
    Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 - Portrait.
    Sutherland, Donald, 1915-
    Toklas, Alice Babette
    Toklas, Alice Babette - Portrait.
    Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 - Portrait
    Wilder Thornton Niven, 1897-1975 - Portrait.
    Americans in Paris.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • Portrait of Alice B. Toklas (55 × 40cm. Ink drawing, Framed, 73 × 58 cm.) [oversize]. Picture Collection (Collection 99). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
    • Gertrude Stein (20cm. Bronze sculpture) [oversize]. Picture Collection (Collection 99). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
    • Gertrude Stein (102.5 × 82cm. Oil portrait, Framed, 115.5 × 100cm.). Picture Collection (Collection 99). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
    • Alice B. Toklas (30cm. Pencil sketch profile portrait, Framed, 57.5 × 45cm.). Picture Collection (Collection 99). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
    • The house at Bilignin (27.5 × 42.5cm. Oil painting). Picture Collection (Collection 99). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
    • Alice B. Toklas (75 × 40cm. Oil portrait, Framed, 87 × 52cm.) ORIG. 99
    • The making of Americans. Gertrude Stein read by Marian Seldes (2 s. 12in. 33 1/3 rpm record). Collection of Miscellaneous Phonograph Records (Collection 249, Box 12). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
    • Gertrude Stein read by Gertrude Stein (2 s. 12 in. 33 1/3 rpm record). Collection of Miscellaneous Phonograph Records (Collection 249, Box 12). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.