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Photograph of an unidentified woman, in bed, with one cat. Undated. Source: Fedor Stepun Papers, General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

With envelope labelled: Amalia.

Photograph of an unidentified woman, in bed, with one cat. Undated. Source: Fedor Stepun PapersGeneral Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

With envelope labelled: Amalia.

Book cover with woodcut illustration: I Am a Cat, 1906-09. Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
From Wikipedia:

I Am a Cat is a satirical novel written in 1905–1906 by Natsume Sōseki, about Japanese society during the Meiji Period (1868–1912); particularly, the uneasy mix of Western culture and Japanese traditions, and the aping of Western customs.
Sōseki’s original title, Wagahai wa neko de aru, uses very high register phrasing more appropriate to a nobleman, conveying a grandiloquence and self-importance intended to sound ironic, since the speaker, an anthropomorphised domestic cat, is a house cat, not feral.

Book cover with woodcut illustration: I Am a Cat, 1906-09Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

From Wikipedia:

I Am a Cat is a satirical novel written in 1905–1906 by Natsume Sōseki, about Japanese society during the Meiji Period (1868–1912); particularly, the uneasy mix of Western culture and Japanese traditions, and the aping of Western customs.

Sōseki’s original title, Wagahai wa neko de aru, uses very high register phrasing more appropriate to a nobleman, conveying a grandiloquence and self-importance intended to sound ironic, since the speaker, an anthropomorphised domestic cat, is a house cat, not feral.

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Eugene O’Neill and Carlotta Monterey O’Neill, 1939

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Eugene O’Neill and Carlotta Monterey O’Neill, 1939

Carl Van Vechten started a collection at the Beinecke Rare Book Library devoted to books about cats? 
I am a cat / translated by K. Ando ; revised by K. Natsume. [Wagahai wa neko de aru. English]. 1906-1909. Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Carl Van Vechten started a collection at the Beinecke Rare Book Library devoted to books about cats? 

I am a cat / translated by K. Ando ; revised by K. Natsume[Wagahai wa neko de aru. English]. 1906-1909. Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

[Wallace Gould holding cats], Farmville, VA, 1923. Source: William Carlos Williams Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
See also: meninbathrobesholdingcats.tumblr.com.

[Wallace Gould holding cats], Farmville, VA, 1923. Source: William Carlos Williams Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

See also: meninbathrobesholdingcats.tumblr.com.

Near Montpelier, Ohio, ca. 1971. Source: Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Near Montpelier, Ohio, ca. 1971. Source: Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Barbara Cooney, Hibou et Minou [The Owl and the Pussycat], 1959. Source: General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Barbara Cooney, Hibou et Minou [The Owl and the Pussycat], 1959. Source: General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Gerard Malanga, “Sonia Raiziss and Julie,” 1976. Source: General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Gerard Malanga, “Sonia Raiziss and Julie,” 1976. Source: General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Simon and Aller, “Pair of tiger cats taken at Paris, Texas,” 1893. Source: Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Simon and Aller, “Pair of tiger cats taken at Paris, Texas,” 1893. Source: Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Unidentified woman, in bed, with a cat, undated. Source: Fedor Stepun Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Archivist’s note: “With envelope labelled: Amalia.”
Eds. Note: Not to put too cheesy a point on it, but: I just love this woman so much, for some reason. There are a number of photographs of her—all in bed, with one or more cats, in this collection at the Beinecke. It’s this sort of thing that made me enjoy working in special collections libraries when I was lucky enough to do so.

Unidentified woman, in bed, with a cat, undated. Source: Fedor Stepun Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Archivist’s note: “With envelope labelled: Amalia.”

Eds. Note: Not to put too cheesy a point on it, but: I just love this woman so much, for some reason. There are a number of photographs of her—all in bed, with one or more cats, in this collection at the Beinecke. It’s this sort of thing that made me enjoy working in special collections libraries when I was lucky enough to do so.