Using the Collection

This collection includes both digitized and physical items. Digitized items can be accessed through the UCLA Library Digital Collections platform. Physical items are available for research and are located in our off-site storage facility (Southern Regional Library Facility). Request physical items using the "Special Collections Request" links in the UC Library Search catalog record. View our video tutorial or contact Library Special Collections for more help on how to request items.

The finding aid with full collection details can be viewed in the Online Archive of California (OAC).

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About the Collection

Gertrude Stein was an influential 20th-century writer, cultural figure, art collector and philanthropist. Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania in 1874 and raised in California, Stein eventually settled in Paris in 1903, where she met her life partner and creative collaborator Alice B. Toklas. Throughout her life, Stein maintained a vibrant social network with artists, writers and thinkers around the world. One of her correspondents was Gilbert A. Harris, UCLA alumnus and former editor-in-chief of The New Republic magazine. They became acquainted in 1933 and continued to correspond with each other until Stein’s death in 1946. Harrison diligently kept a record of his correspondences with Stein and Toklas and additionally collected other materials related to Stein including news articles, photographs, artworks and works of writing. He donated his collection related to Stein to UCLA Library in 1973 and continued to build it until 1988.

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