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Nancy Cole Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 749

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, including letters from Kay Boyle, Donald Gallup, Robert Haas, Marcel Marceau and the artist Henry Miller; photographs; clippings; printed material; sound recordings; and manuscripts relating to the production of Nancy Cole's one-woman show, Gertrude Stein's Gertrude Stein, and other projects, including One of Each.


  • 1947 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 15-16 (Phonograph records): Restricted Fragile Material. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Box 17 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Nancy Cole 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 William Reese Co. on the Danford N. Barney, Jr. Fund, 1987.


Organized under seven headings, reflecting the order in which the material was received by the library: Files Relating to One of Each, Correspondence, Clippings and Ephemera, Subject Files, Printed Material, Rolled Posters, and Sound Recordings.


4.88 Linear Feet ((13 boxes) + 2 rolls, 2 record album storage)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Nancy Cole

Nancy Cole is an American actor who, during the 1960s and 1970s, regularly took on the persona of Gertrude Stein and performed a one-woman show, Gertrude Stein's Gertrude Stein, based on Stein's original writings.

Processing Information

Former call number: Uncat ZA MS 53

This finding aid was created in 2008, and revised in 2013. Descriptive information was drawn from an initial survey of the contents; however, folder contents have not be verified in all instances. This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Nancy Cole papers
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