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Toklas, Alice B.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Alice B. Toklas Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists primarily of letters (1952-1965) Alice B. Toklas wrote to her friends Lloyd Frankenberg and his wife, the painter Loren MacIver. Toklas is best known as the life partner of writer Gertude Stein.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists chiefly of twenty-three autograph letters and cards (1952-1965) by Toklas to her poet friend Lloyd Frankenberg and his wife, the painter Loren MacIver, sent from Paris, where Toklas was living. In her letters, she writes about her long-time companion Gertrude Stein, mutual friends, her meetings with actor Donald Southerland, Frankenberg's poems and books, reviews of MacIver's artwork, other poets and authors such as Rousseau and Walt Whitman, and about her arthritis, doctors' bills, the bitter cold winters in Paris, her travels to Italy, and her editors. There are two letters written to Frankenberg and his wife on behalf of Toklas by Joseph A. Barry of the New York Post. Also included are two letters (1950) by Toklas to W. C. Clifford, thanking him for a book he sent and declining an invitation.


The letters are arranged in chronological order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Toklas, Alice B.

Alice Babette Toklas was born in San Francisco, California. She was the life partner of writer Gertrude Stein until Stein's death in 1946. Stein published her memoirs in 1933 under the teasing ns2:title The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which, ironically, became Stein's bestselling book. In 1954, Toklas published her own literary memoir, a book that mixed reminiscences and recipes under the ns2:title The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, in which the most famous recipe was called "Hashisch Fudge", a mixture of fruit, nuts, spices, and "cannabis". The cookbook has not been out of print since it was published.

Collection History


Letters to Frankenberg and MacIver were purchased on September 9, 1939 .

Letters to C. W. Clifford were transferred from the Division of Rare Books, where they were laid in a copy of Chicago Inscriptions by Gertrude Stein, on May 2, 2004. . AM1994-31.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on October 12, 2007. Finding aid written by Lauren Kustner on November 9, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Alice B. Toklas Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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