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Series 1: Writings, 1910-1980
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Consists of the autograph manuscripts and typescripts, with author's corrections, of Fitzgerald's novels The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, The Last Tycoon, Tender Is the Night, and This Side of Paradise, as well as a number of galley proofs. Also includes typescripts, tear sheets (some with author's corrections) and some autograph manuscripts of Fitzgerald's short stories, as well as articles, poems, drama, moving picture, and radio scripts, biographical material, notes, and lists.
This series is arranged into thirteen subseries: Novels, Short Stories, Tear Sheets, Articles, Drama Scripts, Moving Picture Scripts, Poems, Radio Scripts, Television, Ballet, Biographical Material, Notes, and Lists. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title within genre.
- Processing Information
In May 1999, the Princeton University Library was awarded a federal grant under the "Save America's Treasures" program, administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to deacidify, repair, and rehouse the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers. Work was completed in August 2001.
In 2021 and 2022, rehousing and metadata enhancement was completed to prepare materials for digitization, with assistance from August Roberts '25 in March 2022. The finding aid was revised by Amy C. Vo in March 2022 and October 2022.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
This collection is currently undergoing conservation review and digitization efforts. Some materials may be temporarily unavailable. Please consult staff if you have questions about the status of any material. Due to the fragility of Fitzgerald's original scrapbooks, researchers must use surrogates of these materials. Digital copies of the manuscript of The Great Gatsby, the Trimalchio galleys, This Side of Paradise, and the scrapbooks are available.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
- Credit this material:
Series 1: Writings; F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers, C0187, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (hsvm): Box 1-37
- Existence and Location of Copies
Facsimile editions of the The Great Gatsby holograph (Microcard Editions Books, 1973; Editions des Saints Pères, 2017) and of Fitzgerald's other manuscripts (Bruccoli, ed., Garland Books, 1970), as well as microfilm of the manuscripts and scrapbooks are available.
- Fitzgerald, Zelda, 1900-1948