66 boxes

This collection is stored at Firestone Library, Firestone Library and ReCAP.

This collection is stored partially onsite at Firestone Library and partially offsite (boxes 103-114; 122-226; 230-248; 265-275; 303) at the ReCAP facility. Boxes 1-11; 13-19; 22-29; 32-47; 50-56; 59-62; 64-66; 227-229; 280-291; 305-308; and 310-318 are stored in a special vault facilities in Firestone Library.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .

Collection Creator: Morrison, Toni. 1931-.

Dates: 1917-2015.

Extent: 66 boxes

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Toni Morrison's manuscript material, including drafts, typescripts, galleys, and proofs found in boxes 1-11; 13-19; 22-29; 32-47; 50-56; 59-62; and 64-66 are available only via digital access in the reading room. Material in boxes 280-291; 305-308; and 310-318 will also be available only via digital access in the reading room pending digitization. A small amount of material is temporarily restricted at the request of the collection creator or due to the presence of personally identifiable or other legally protected information.

Access Restrictions

Some of this material is stored off site. Please allow 24-48 hours for retrieval.


Consists of research material, notes, outlines, drafts, galleys, and proofs. Yellow legal notepads contain notes, early draft material, and inserts for later typed and printed versions. Notepads are identified by their first lines, though a single notepad may contain a variety of material, including material relating to other works, correspondence drafts, and other unrelated notes. Corrected typescript and printout drafts often show significant revisions. Material from various stages of the publication process is present, including setting copies with copy-editor's and typesetter's marks, galleys, page proofs, F&Gs (folded-and-gathered pages, in signatures but not yet bound), blueline proofs ("confirmation blues"), advance copies (bound uncorrected proofs, pre-publication, often used for book reviewers) and production/design material with page and dust-jacket samples. Page numbers are noted for paginated material.


This series is arranged into subseries by genre.

Preferred Citation

Writings; 1917-2015; Toni Morrison Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Novels 1917-2015 Explore Multiple Containers
    Short Fiction 1957 Explore Multiple Containers
    Poetry and Lyrics 1984 December 17-1997 Explore Multiple Containers
    Dramatic Works 1980-2012 June 17 Explore Multiple Containers
    Non-fiction 1971-2002 January Explore Multiple Containers
    Children's Literature 1998 June 22-2014 Explore Multiple Containers
    Speeches and Lectures 1975 May 30-2015 October 1 Explore Multiple Containers
    Personal and Miscellaneous Writings 1958-2005 Explore Multiple Containers

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