Contents and Arrangement

Correspondence, 1932-1934

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The correspondence consists of letters, telegrams, and notes that were exchanged between Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mrs. A. D. Sayre (Minerva "Minnie" Sayre), and Zelda's various doctors (and an unnamed secretary). The corresponding doctors include Dr. C. M. Gilmore, Dr. Chilton Thorington, Dr. Eleanor Pavenstedt, Dr. C. J. (Clarence Jonathan) Slocum, Dr. Rex Blankenship, and Dr. Ross Chapman. The letters discuss Zelda's treatment at Craig House, her medical and mental health history, previous treatments, and her progress. Some of the notes list items that Zelda was requesting be bought and/or sent to her, one of which is attached to a clipping of a book review. The bulk of the correspondence is from 1934, and letters from this time period also document Zelda Fitzgerald's transfer to Sheppard & Enoch Pratt, where she was under the care of Dr. Ross Chapman.

Collection History

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

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Correspondence; Craig House Medical Records on Zelda Fitzgerald, C0745, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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