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Gerdi Sobek-Beutter papers relating to Hommage à Gertrude Stein

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1244

Scope and Contents

Papers documenting planning, events, and critical response for student performances in each phase of Hommage à Gertrude Stein, 1990-1996, including notes, correspondence, scripts, publicity, photographs, drawings, audio and audiovisual recordings, and reviews; similar papers for related conferences, lectures, and performances by guest artists; proposals and reports for the project; and notes by Sobek-Beutter on collection content.

The papers provide evidence of teaching, performance, and criticism of writings by Gertrude Stein; translation of Stein’s writings into German; modernist literature and art in Stuttgart; and French and American modernist literature and art in Germany.


  • 1990 - 1997


Language of Materials

In German.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gerdi Sobek-Beutter, 1997.


Organized into six series: I. Eine Amerikanerin in Paris I (Mappe I), circa 1990. II. Eine Amerikanerin in Paris II (Mappe II), circa 1991. III. Die Avantgarde (Mappe III), circa 1992-1993. IV. Identität (Mappe IV), circa 1994. V. I. M. P. U. L. S. E.: Wortkunst, Musik, Bildkunst (Mappe V), circa 1990-1996. VI. Other Papers, 1993-1997.


4.83 linear feet Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Gerdi Sobek-Beutter

Gerdi Sobek-Beutter was a professor of speech at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, in Stuttgart, Germany, in the 1990s. She created and directed Hommage à Gertrude Stein, 1990-1996, a teaching project introducing students at the Staatliche Hochschule to writings of Gertrude Stein and modernism in early 20th-century Paris and Stuttgart.

Hommage à Gertrude Stein was in three parts, each consisting of public performances by students and guest artists in Stuttgart and other locations in Germany: “Eine Amerikanerin in Paris,” 1990-1992; “Die Avantgarde,” 1993-1994; and “Identität,” 1994-1996. A final phase, “Impulse: Wortkunst, Musik, Bildkunst,” 1995, summarized the project. Scholars and artists who collaborated with Sobek-Beutter included Robert Bartlett Haas, professor of literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, who organized a series of conferences on Stein in Bilignin and Culoz, France, 1986-1990; Klaus Fessmann, musician and professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst; and Reinhard Döhl, author and professor at the Universität Stuttgart.

Sobek-Beutter created this collection of papers to document the project, with the intention of donating the collection to the Yale Collection of American Literature.

Processing Information

Former call number: Uncat ZA MS 536

Guide to the Gerdi Sobek-Beutter papers relating to Hommage à Gertrude Stein
Karen Spicher
October 2021
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