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Anna Marble-Pollock cat collection

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1541
Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs and other visual materials, objects, papers, printed material, and sound recordings relating to cats, Anna Marble-Pollock, and Carl Van Vechten.

Photographs depict cats at home and outdoors, in art, and with human companions, including Marble-Pollock, Van Vechten, Leonor Fini, and Anna May Wong. Photographers include Van Vechten and Sanford Roth. Visual materials consist of pen and wash and pencil drawings, watercolor paintings, lithographs, etchings, engravings, color prints from woodblocks, printed ephemera, playing cards, postage stamps, a kakemono, and other works depicting cats. Among the artists present in the collection are Leonor Fini, Francisco Goya, Hiroshige, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Édouard Manet, Théophile Alexandre Steinman, and Florine Stettheimer. Objects and papers contain ceramic and porcelain cat figurines collected by Van Vechten; a ceramic sugar bowl; a brass door knocker; a wool blanket, neckties, and handkerchiefs; slate and Mercer tiles; a sterling silver bottle stopper; gold and silver brooches; calendars and greeting cards; and various cat-themed decorative items. Also included are a cat scratching post invented in the 1950s and cat show prize ribbons from 1908 and 1909. Other materials in the collection include index cards with bibliographic information and notes on works about cats, possibly used by Van Vechten for research; a set of miniature children's books by Dorothy Kunhardt titled Tiny Nonsense Stories; and three phonograph records with readings and music relating to cats.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Box 30 (sound recordings): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Anna Marble-Pollock Cat Collection 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

Received from various sources, and gift of Carl Van Vechten.


Organized into five series: I. Photographs, 1880s-1960. II. Visual Materials, 1827-1964, undated. III. Objects and Papers, 1908-circa 1966, undated. IV. Index Cards and Printed Material, 1949-1950s, undated. V. Sound Recordings, circa 1922-1950s.

1827-circa 1966
32.16 Linear Feet ((28 boxes) + 15 art, 2 roll, 1 broadside, 1 record album storage)
Related Names
Marble-Pollock, Anna
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Language of Materials