Random House

2 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: 1971-1982.

Extent: 2 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 memos and correspondence, contracts, publicity material and press clippings relating to projects Morrison worked on as an editor at Random House. Includes typescript material from The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali, "Little Man, Little Man: A Children's Story" by James Baldwin, various works by Toni Cade Bambara, Angela Davis: An Autobiography , and They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima.


This series is arranged alphabetically.

Preferred Citation

Random House; 1971-1982; Toni Morrison Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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    Title Date Container
    Ali, Muhammad 1973-1975 Box 101 Folder 1
    Baldwin, James 1973-1975 Box 101 Folder 2
    Bambara, Toni Cade 1971-1978 Box 101 Folder 3-4
    The Black Book 1974-1978 Box 101 Folder 5
    Chinweizu 1977-1978 Box 101 Folder 6
    Cosby, Bill 1976-1977 Box 101 Folder 7
    Davis, Angela 1971-1973 Box 101 Folder 8-9
    Diamond, Stanley 1975-1979 Box 102 Folder 1
    Forrest, Leon undated Box 102 Folder 2
    Lester, Julius 1977-1978 Box 102 Folder 3
    McPherson, James 1978-1979 Box 102 Folder 4
    Miscellaneous Correspondence 1972-1978 Box 102 Folder 5
    Miscellaneous MS Inquiries 1977-1982 Box 102 Folder 6
    "Toni Morrison" Letterhead Stationery undated Box 102 Folder 7
    Van Sertima, Ivan 1971-1981 Box 102 Folder 8-11

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