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- Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers
- Manuscripts Division
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- 35 boxes and 6 items
- Storage Note:
This collection is stored at Firestone Library and ReCAP.
This collection is stored partially onsite (boxes 1-29) at Firestone Library in special vault facilities and partially offsite (boxes 30-32) the ReCAP facility.
Since 1950, the Princeton University Library has been successful in acquiring additional manuscripts and related materials to complement the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers (C0187). The F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers (C0188) is comprised of Fitzgerald manuscripts (including his published juvenilia), letters, documents, photographs, tape recordings, memorabilia, and other materials donated by the author's family, friends, and publishers.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of additional (i.e., in addition to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers) writings, including published juvenilia, letters, documents, photographs, tape recordings, and memorabilia of Fitzgerald (Princeton Class of 1917), and material of others about him. Included are 7 boxes of papers presented by several of Fitzgerald's friends of the 1930s and 1940: Bertie Barr, Esquire magazine, which published many of the Pat Hobby stories, Sheilah Graham, Laura Guthrie Hearne, and Marie Shank. There are also two film versions of Tender Is the Night, David Hertz' screenplay (1947) and that of Ivan Moffat (1961).
A futher addition to the collection contains 32 letter and cards from Fitzgerald to "Dear Patsy" (Hazel McCromack); miscellaneous correspondence to and from Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald to Francis Kroll, Matthew Bruccolli and others; correspondence related to Marie Stokes Jemison; letters sent by authors and critics to William Goldhurst regarding Fitzgerald, including T. S. Eliot, Norman Mailer, Harold Ober, and Thornton Wilder; photographs; drawings; and newspaper clippings. Also included are a photocopy of the screenplay by Harold Pinter which is based on Fitzgerald's last, unfinished novel The Last Tycoon and the script and film print of Marked for Glory, a film about Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by Gwinn Owens. Nine large scrapbooks of material about Fitzgerald, his life, and works, collected by daughter Scottie Fitzgerald Lanahan, complete the collection.
Occasionally, a reference is made to the following locations using the abbreviations noted below:
"Published Juvenilia of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1909-1917." A bound collection. Abbr.: "Published Juvenilia..." (Box 2, Folder 24)
"Various Contributions of Scott Fitzgerald to the Nassau Literary Magazine of Princeton, 1915-1917." A bound collection. Abbr.: "Various Contributions..." (Box 2, Folder 25)
"The Apprentice Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1909-1917." Two folders of photocopied material. Abbr.: "The Apprentice Fiction..." (Box 3, Folders 1-2)
"Excerpts from the Nassau Literary Magazine -1917." A folder of photocopied material. Abbr.: "Excerpts from the Nassau..." (Box 3, Folder 3)
Newman News. A folder containing Easter issues: 1912, 1913. (Box 3, Folder 4)
Organized into the following series:
For the convenience of users, descriptions of related items in these additional papers have been filed under the appropriate series category I-IV. Hence, there is just the one place to look for Fitzgerald photographs, etc. From series V-VIII, a box/folder listing is provided. As miscellaneous items are acquired, they are listed both in order at the end and, if possible, under the appropriate series I-IV.
The collection has developed principally through gifts from Fitzgerald's friends-Marie Shank and Sheilah Graham in 1959, Bertie Barr and Esquire magazine in 1962-and a purchase from Laura Hearne in 1967. In addition, there was a significant, anonymous gift in 1992 . Additional photographs and the "Marked for Glory" film and script were the gift of the Owens family in honor of Gwinn Owens in 2009 2009. The Fitzgerald letter to William C. Hodapp containing notes on the editing to an unproduced theatrical adapation of "A Diamond as Big as the Ritz," was purchased with support from the Richard M. Ludwig Endowment, donated by Michael Spence, Class of 1966. The Finney family material was the gift of Mrs. Margaret Finney McPherson in October, 2011.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- 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. Microfilm Note: Due to additional microfilming in the summer of 2001, as well as the rehousing of the collection, some of the microfilm box numbers may not correspond to the manuscript box numbers listed in "A Guide to Microfilm for F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers." The "Guide" will be revised and updated as soon as possible.
This collection was processed in 1993. Finding aid written in 1993.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Due to the fragility of Fitzgerald's original manuscripts and 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. 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 and photocopies of the manuscripts and scrapbooks are available in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections reading room.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Most photoduplication will be in form of duplicate microfilm and photographic prints. Photocopies are not provided when microfilm exists. Formerly closed materials relating to Zelda Fitzgerald's illness and hospitalization are not available for photoduplication. 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. Although Princeton University Library owns the actual papers, it does not own the copyright or literary rights. Therefore, the Library is not responsible for copyright infringement or other legal problems involving the unauthorized publication of an edition, quotation, or facsimile of the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald. For literary and dramatic rights and other copyright questions concerning F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, please contact Dorian Karchmar (DKar@WMEentertainment.com) or Jay Mandel (JMan@WMEentertainment.com) at William Morris Endeavor, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.
- Credit this material:
F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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Manuscripts: Researchers should be aware that facsimiles of the manuscripts of Fitzgerald's books and articles were published in the multi-volume series F. Scott Fitzgerald Manuscripts, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Alan Margolies (New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1990). Complete sets of the facsimile edition are available at more than fifty research libraries (including Firestone Library). The original manuscript of Fitzgerald's ledger is not at Princeton. One should use F. Scott Fitzgerald's Ledger: A Facsimile, with an introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli (Washington, D.C.: NCR/Microcard Editions, 1972) or refer to the photostats in Box 60 (C0187). With respect to using Fitzgerald's manuscripts at Princeton, researchers should be aware that the 1950 deed of gift stipulates that Fitzgerald's manuscripts were to be microfilmed to preserve the originals, and that researchers must use the microfilm for most purposes. Researchers who believe that there are compelling reasons why they must have access to the original manuscripts instead of the facsimile edition or microfilm must request permission in advance from the Curator of Manuscripts. Researchers should also be aware of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by James L. W. West III (Cambridge, England, and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991- ). Based on Fitzgerald's manuscripts and published editions, the Cambridge edition will eventually number 17 volumes.
Correspondence: A large portion of correspondence in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers and other collections at Princeton has been published in critical editions. The following editions of correspondence (listed alphabetically by editor) can be found in most research libraries: As Ever Scott Fitz-: Letters between F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Literary Agent Harold Ober, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli with Jennifer Atkinson (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1972); A Life in Letters: F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli with Judith S. Baughman (New York: Scribner's, 1994); Correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Margaret Duggan with Susan Walker (New York: Random House, 1980); Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy Barks (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002); Dear Scott/Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence, edited by John Kuehl and Jackson R. Bryer (New York: Scribner, 1971); Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Andrew Turnbull (New York: Scribner, 1963); Scott Fitzgerald: Letters to his Daughter, edited by Andrew Turnbull with an introduction by Frances Fitzgerald Lanahan (New York: Scribner, 1965).
Photographs: Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald are very frequently requested by publishers, newspapers, magazines, and documentary film makers. Researchers should be aware that the Special Collections maintains a large file of copy negatives to facilitate reproduction of these photographs. Most of the photographs in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers and other collections at Princeton were reproduced in The Romantic Egoists: A Pictorial Autobiography from the Scrapbooks and Albums of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, Scottie Fitzgerald Smith, and Joan P. Kerr (New York: Scribner, 1974). Often-requested images can be viewed online by visiting the Library's RBSC Portfolio at http://libweb2.princeton.edu/rbsc2/portfolio/portfolio.html
- Subject Terms:
- American fiction -- 20th century.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Manuscripts.
- Genre Terms:
Manuscripts, American -- 20th century.
Motion picture plays.
Hearne, Laura Guthrie, 1892-1973