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Collection Overview

Creator:
Craig House.
Title:
Craig House Medical Records on Zelda Fitzgerald
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/9880vr01f
Dates:
1932-1934
Size:
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (hsvm): Box 1
Language:
English

Abstract

Zelda Fitzgerald, American socialite, novelist, painter, and wife of the American novelist and storywriter F. Scott Fitzgerald, wrote of their turbulent life and marriage in her novel Save Me the Waltz (1932). This collection consists of psychiatric evaluations, correspondence, and reports concerning Zelda Fitzgerald when she was a patient at Craig House, Beacon, N.Y., under the care of Dr. C. Jonathan Slocum.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of psychiatric evaluations, correspondence, and reports concerning Zelda Fitzgerald when she was a patient at Craig House, Beacon, N.Y., under the care of Dr. C. Jonathan Slocum. Included are letters, telegrams, and notes to and from Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mrs. A. D. Sayre (Zelda's mother), and various doctors. There are also copies of reports and evaluations from Johns Hopkins Hospital and Prangin, Switzerland, as well as a stenographic transcript of a conversation between Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dr. Thomas Rennie in 1933. It should be noted that some of the medical histories and correspondence use harmful language when describing mental and behavioral health symptoms and diagnoses.

Collection Creator Biography:

Craig House.

Craig House was an American private psychiatric clinic located in Beacon, N.Y.

Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of the American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, was a patient at Craig House, under the care of Dr. C. Jonathan Slocum.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Jonathan Slocum (Princeton Class of 1936), Dr. Slocum's son (AM 1993-118).

Processing Information

In 2021, rehousing and metadata enhancement was completed to prepare materials for digitization. The finding aid was revised by Amy C. Vo in December 2021.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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 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.

Credit this material:

Craig House Medical Records on Zelda Fitzgerald; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/9880vr01f
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184