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Samuel Steward papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 987
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, writings, diaries, photographs, artwork, research materials, printed materials, and other papers by, to, or related to Samuel Steward. Correspondents include Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, George Platt Lynes, and Thornton Wilder. Writings include drafts of homoerotic novels written under the nom de plume Phil Andros, and a translation of Querelle of Brest by Jean Genet. A focus of the papers is Steward's sexual exploits, which are documented in diaries, photographs, and other papers, including Steward's stud file cataloging his sexual partners and records and writings produced for sexologist Alfred Kinsey. The papers also include writings, photographs, clippings, artwork, and other materials related to Steward's work as a tattoo artist, including correspondence from Don Ed Hardy. Artwork includes pen and ink tracings of illustrations by Jean Cocteau, for Genet's Querelle, a portrait of Gertrude Stein by Carl Van Vechten inscribed by Stein, and a charcoal portrait of Alice B. Toklas. Also included are objects designed and owned by Steward, artworks, tattoo drawings, and photographs taken by Steward during his travels.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Samuel Steward 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 Justin Spring and Michael Williams on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2012.

August 2012 Acquisition: purchased from Elysium Press on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2012.

October 2012 Acquisition: gift of Michael Williams, 2012.

August 2010: purchased from Elysium Press on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2019.


Organized into four groupings: June 2012 Acquisition, August 2012 Acquisition, October 2012 Acquisition, and August 2019 Acquisition.

24.96 Linear Feet (37 boxes)
Related Names
Steward, Samuel M., 1909-1993
Language of Materials