Contents and Arrangement

Writings, 1917-2017 April 11

94 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The material described in this finding aid consists of manuscripts, drafts, galleys, and proofs of Morrison's novels and other writings; personal correspondence; editorial files relating to Morrison's work at Random House and later publication of two posthumous works by Toni Cade Bambara; academic and teaching files, particularly pertaining to SUNY Albany and Princeton University; working files; press clippings; published books; photographs; audiovisual materials; and awards and memorabilia.


This series is arranged into subseries by genre.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Some floppy disks were deaccessioned after imaging due to a lack of archival value. Duplicate papers and audiovisual materials were removed from the collection.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Toni Morrison has required the Library to make surrogate copies of all of her manuscripts (including typescripts, proofs, and notes) and diaries (appointment books), including but not restricted to those damaged by fire in 1993. This is for conservation reasons, to prevent damage and deterioration by repeated use. Researchers are required to use digital surrogates in the reading room of the Special Collections. These include manuscript material found in boxes 1-11; 13-19; 22-29; 32-47; 50-56; 59-62, 64-66, 280-290, 305-308, 311-315, 323, 325-326. Material in boxes 291, 316-318, 336, and P-000145 will also be available only via digital access in the reading room pending digitization. All other materials in this series are open for research.

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. For permissions and copyright questions related to Toni Morrison and her writings, please contact her literary agent, International Creative Management (ICM):

Special Requirements for Access:

Some material in this collection, particularly found in the Writings and Correspondence series, was damaged by the fire that destroyed Morrison's upstate New York home in 1993. Damage ranges from charred edges to pages missing significant portions or rendered illegible.

Credit this material:

Writings; Toni Morrison Papers, C1491, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (hsvm): Boxes 1-11; 13-19; 22-29; 32-47; 50-56; 59-62; 64-66; 280-291; 310; 320; 323; 325-326; 336 Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 12; 20-21; 30-31; 48-49; 57-58; 63; 292-302; P-000145

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