Working Files

63 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: 1955-2015.

Extent: 63 boxes

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

This material is stored off site. Please allow 24-48 hrs for retrieval.


This series consists of files maintained by Morrison and her administrative assistants, including Ronaline Saunders, Rene Boatman, and John Hoppenthaler. The first subseries of files concern Morrison's book and writings projects, and include correspondence with editors, publishers, and translators, as well as publicity tour schedules and related material. The office files, maintained at Morrison's offices at SUNY Albany and later Princeton University, document Morrison's activities, including awards, conferences, lectures, interviews, etc., throughout her career as a public figure. The office files also include subject files pertaining to her publishers, literary agency, various professional organizations, and individuals; letterbooks of administrative correspondence sent by Morrison and her assistants, various requests received, and fan mail. The files from Morrison's home office are similar in content to the office working files, but are the primary location of book contracts and royalty statements.


This series is arranged into subseries following the original grouping of material. The Office Working Files are divided into roughly chronological files groupings, with Office Working Files I being the oldest and Office Working Files IV being the most recent, although there is considerable overlap between II and III.

Preferred Citation

Working Files; 1955-2015; Toni Morrison Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Book and Project Working Files 1955-2014 Explore Multiple Containers
    Office Working Files I 1970-1988 Explore Multiple Containers
    Office Working Files II 1971-2012 Explore Multiple Containers
    Office Working Files III 1960-2013 Explore Multiple Containers
    Office Working Files IV 1981-2015 Explore Multiple Containers
    Working Files from Morrison's House 1957-2015 Explore Multiple Containers

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