Scope and Contents
The collection contains research material, writings, printed material, photographs and audiovisual material, and scrapbooks and personal papers documenting the life and professional career of American-born performer and artistic director Bert Stimmel. Stimmel spent the bulk of his professional life in the U.S., from the late 1950s to early 1970s, and then in Lebanon, from 1972 onward, and the collection features material accumulated around his professional activities during this 50 year period.
- 1785 - 2005
- Majority of material found within 1950 - 2005
Language of Materials
Chiefly in English; some materials in French and Arabic.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Boxes 44-46 (sound and video recordings) Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 47-49 (computer disks): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Bert Stimmel 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 Paul Richard Lemma, 2006.
Organized into two groupings: January 2006 Acquisition and May 2006 Acquisition.
20.43 Linear Feet (50 boxes)
The collection contains research material, writings, printed material, photographs and audiovisual material, including sound and video recordings, scrapbooks, and other personal papers documenting the life and professional career of American-born performer and artistic director Bert Stimmel. Stimmel spent the bulk of his professional life in the U.S., from the late 1950s to early 1970s, and in Lebanon, from 1972 onward, and the collection features material accumulated around his professional activities during this 50 year period.
Bert Stimmel (1920-)
Bert Stimmel, born 16 December 1920, is an American performer, choreographer, and artistic director. After serving as a tail-gunner in World Word II and, after an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1945, Stimmel studied dance and theater in New York, New Haven (where he earned an MFA from Yale in 1947), and London. Stimmel then performed in London theaters in the late 1940s and early 1950s before touring for a few years with the Bert Stimmel Modern Dance Company. Stimmel returned to the U.S. in the late 1950s and for the next 15 years he worked as a choreographer, director, and instructor in various places in New York State. From 1972 until 1999 Stimmel served as aristic director of the Caracalla Dance Company in Beirut, Lebanon.
Biographical information taken from material in collection.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below according to month and year of acquisition.
As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Former call numbers: Uncat MSS 847 and Uncat Za File 706.
- Guide to the Bert Stimmel Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.