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Fitzgerald, Zelda, 1900-1948.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Zelda Fitzgerald Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1917-1997 (mostly 1920-1950)
12 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (hsvm): Box 1-12


The Zelda Fitzgerald Papers consists of manuscripts, correspondence, miscellaneous notes and related material, documents, pictures, clippings, and photographs of American author Zelda Fitzgerald.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, miscellaneous notes and related material, documents, pictures, clippings, and photographs of Zelda Fitzgerald. Included are the typescript, set for printer, of Save Me the Waltz (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932), manuscripts (mostly typescripts) of short stories, articles, and her play Scandalabra , and tear sheets of some of her published articles and stories: "Big Top," "Caesar's Things," "Choreography of an Idea," "Janno and Jacob," "Other Names for Roses," "Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number...," and "Unembellished." Also present is a portrait drawing by Zelda of her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and several other drawings. There are letters to her daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald (married name, Scottie Fitzgerald Smith), correspondence with other people, such as Ludlow Fowler, Charles Kalman, Margaret Turnbull, George Nathan, and others, and correspondence between various family members. Correspondence between Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald is gathered in his Papers (C0187).

Additions to her papers consist of a family scrapbook of photographs, clippings and memorabilia, dating from Zelda's childhood to 1927, and an album, compiled by Eleanor Lanahan in 1997, entitled Zelda by Herself, The Art of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald , which contains a 45-page catalog and 235 color slides of all of the known art works of Zelda Fitzgerald and their various locations. A later addition includes a jacket worn by Zelda, a photograph of Zelda, Lane Montgomery's notes about Zelda from her writings, and her correspondence with Scottie Fitzgerald Smith (daughter of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald) and others about Zelda and William Luce's play Zelda (1984) in which Ms. Montgomery collaborated and performed.

Collection Creator Biography:

Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) was an American author and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Collection History


Gift of Lane Montgomery, Henry Dan Piper, John Evans, Eleanor Lanahan, James R. Duke. Scrapbook of Zelda Fitzgerald purchased on December 17 1982. Easter card purchased on October 31 1978.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Original manuscript of "Caesar's Things" is restricted due to fragility; researchers must use Xerox copy.

Original scrapbook is restricted; researchers must use digitized version.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

For literary and dramatic rights and other copyright questions concerning F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, please contact Dorian Karchmar ( or Jay Mandel ( at William Morris Endeavor, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

Credit this material:

Zelda Fitzgerald Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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