Yale University Library
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Yale Collection of American Literature

Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein in a plaza, with pigeons, ca. 1908.  Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Web address http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/
Location121 Wall Street, New Haven
Access policyhttp://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/brblinfo/brblvisi.html
ContactLouise Bernard; Nancy Kuhl
Email addresslouise.bernard@yale.edu; nancy.kuhl@yale.edu; beinecke.library@yale.edu
Number of photographsApprox. 120,000
Date range1840-present
Geographic coverage



Berenice Abbott; Eve Arnold; Anne Brigman; Robert Giard; Gerard Malanga; Carl Mydans; Man Ray; Alfred Stieglitz; Paul Strand; Carl Van Vechten; Jonathan Williams; others


Photographic materials in the American Literature Collection compliment the book and manuscript collections, with a close relationship to archival materials and other primary documentation. Holdings document the lives of writers and literary communities, cultural spaces, and significant events of various kinds and include everything form snapshots and passport photographs to fine art and portrait photography by some of the most important photographers of the 20th century. The Simpson collection includes thousands of photographs of African American subjects by unknown photographers.

The largest collections are of portrait photographs of cultural communities and figures; significant collections of snapshots, family photos, and other photos related to manuscript collections; documentary photographs in abundance; and significant collections of fine art photography.

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