The Addison M. Metcalf Collection of Gertrude Steiniana is vast. Gertrude Stein’s literary executor Carl Van Vechten called the Collection “the most valuable one in existence except for the archive at Yale.” Scripps’ collection includes first editions, translations, articles by and about Stein, correspondence, typescripts, letters, photographs, paintings, graphics, theater posters, recordings, programs and other memorabilia related to the life, associations and influence of Stein. The donor and officials of Scripps College drew up a gift agreement in 1959 when the first items came to the College. Donations followed over the next twenty-five years. With Metcalf’s death in 1983, the bulk of the collection was bequeathed to the College.
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