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COLLECTION — Volume: 1 Identifier: MS Thr 50

Donald B. Vestal papers concerning Gertrude Stein's Identity or I am because my little dog knows me


Letters from American writer Gertrude Stein to American puppeteer Donald B. Vestal and other papers concerning Stein's play for puppets, Identity or I am because my little dog knows me.


  • 1934-1936

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes letters from Stein to Vestal, a typescript of Identity, and a letter from Thornton Wilder to Vestal containing a critique of Identity.

Biographical / Historical

Gertrude Stein (1874-1976) was an avant-garde American writer. Donald Vestal was an American puppeteer who directed Stein's play Identity in Detroit in 1936.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

61M-149 - 61M-151. Gift of Donald B. Vestal, c/o John H. Garrison, 617 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California; received: 1960.

Vestal, Donald B., 1893-1964? Donald B. Vestal papers concerning Gertrude Stein's Identity or I am because my little dog knows me, 1934-1936: Guide.
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