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Elizabeth Fuller Chapman papers and films

Call Number: YCAL MSS 442
Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Fuller Chapman papers and films document the friendships between Elizabeth Fuller Chapman and several writers and artists, most notably Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder. Papers include correspondence dating from circa 1932-1976, theater programs, clippings on Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and notes and transcripts of an interview with Chapman for the documentary, Gertrude Stein: When You See, Remember Me. The films consist of three reels of black and white 16mm motion picture film, which are duplicates made in 1982 of the original 16mm footage that is not part of the collection.

One film, titled "Winter Parties," contains footage of parties at Chapman's home in Chicago between 1934 and 1935, and includes a scene from a 1934 holiday party with Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder. The other two films, titled "Lectures," were made by Chapman during trips to Paris between 1934 and 1938, and were used during Chapman's lectures. Scenes feature notable artists, writers, dancers, philosophers, and gallerists, including: Pedro Pruna, Constantin Brancusi, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Pablo Picasso, Colette, Thornton Wilder, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Marcel Duchamp, Igor Stravinsky, Nikolas Nicolas, Francis Poulenc, Salvador Dali, Gala Dali, André Derain, Chick Austin, Christian Berard, Leonide Massine, Bernard Faÿ, Mary Garden, Louis Marcoussis, and Edouard Vuillard.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 2 (films): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies are available. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Elizabeth Fuller Chapman 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

Gift of Elizabeth Fuller Chapman, 1957 and Gilbert W. Chapman, 1982.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1932-1976. II. Other Papers, 1934-1969. III. Films, 1934-1938.

Associated Materials

Printed material received with the collection was removed for separate cataloging and can be accessed by searching the library's online catalog.

1932 - 1976
0.88 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Related Names
Chapman, Elizabeth Fuller
Language of Materials