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Leon Katz papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1409
Scope and Contents
The Leon Katz Papers consists of research files, writings, personal and professional papers, correspondence, subject files, photographs, printed materials, computer media, and audiovisual materials by or relating to Leon Katz. The collection documents Katz's lifelong study of Gertrude Stein; included are extensive research files, notes, drafts, and Stein's correspondence with notable associates, such as Mabel Dodge Luhan, Ernest Hemingway, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Leo Stein, Mabel Weeks, and Carl Van Vechten. It also includes a card index and transcripts of Katz's interviews with Stein's partner, Alice B. Toklas, as well as Katz's doctoral thesis about the earliest drafts of Stein's novel The Making of Americans, and drafts of his book The Notebooks of Gertrude Stein. Personal and professional papers contain Katz's other books, anthologies, plays, scripts, articles, and reviews by Katz, in addition to teaching files, artwork, and personal financial records. Correspondence and subject files include letters between Katz and notable individuals such as Meiling Cheng, Ulla Dydo, Donald Gallup, Peter Golub, Virgil Thomson, Alice Toklas, and his son, writer Elia Katz. Also present within the collection are translations, plays, books, and articles by other writers, including Conrad and Linda Bishop, Donald Freed, Georgi Iliev, Elia and Fred Katz, Rose Martula, and Orson Welles. Photographs contain images of Katz and his family, as well as images from theater productions. Printed materials contain books, serials, and broadsides. Computer and audiovisual media consist of compact discs, DVDs, floppy disks, videocassettes, audiocassettes, and audio discs.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.

Boxes 56-57 (student works): Restricted until 2087. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Box 84 (computer media): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 85-89 (audiovisual media): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Leon Katz Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2017.
Organized into eight series: I. Research and Writings on Gertrude Stein, 1914-circa 2015 and undated. II. Professional and Personal Papers, 1950-2016 and undated. III. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1943-2016 and undated. IV. Other Papers, 1975-2016 and undated. V. Writings of Others, circa 1947-2009 and undated. VI. Photographs, circa 1950-2016 and undated. VII. Printed Materials, 1939-2010 and undated. VIII. Computer and Audiovisual Media, 1947-1998 and undated.
1914-2016 and undated
78.75 Linear Feet (89 boxes)
Related Names
Katz, Leon, 1919-2017
Language of Materials