Contents and Arrangement

Teaching Files, 1985-2009

8 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Course material includes notes, lectures, syllabi, annotated readings, and course packets. Atelier files include material relating to the administration of the interdisciplinary program and correspondence with instructors. Studies in American Africanism files include an unpublished manuscript drawn from the lectures given as part of this course.


This material is arranged alphabetically by course name, with additional restricted material (grades, evaluations, and student papers) listed at the end.

Collection History


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

Processing Information

Some materials in this collection were treated for fire damage and encapsulated in mylar in 1994.

This collection was processed by Allison Hughes, with the assistance of Sophia Alvarez, Fiona Bell, Kristine Gift, Isabelle Litke, Chloe Pfendler, and Ann-Elise Siden in February 2015-February 2017. Processing of the born-digital material was done by Elena Colón-Marrero, Jarrett Drake, and Allison Hughes in 2015-2016. Finding aid written by Allison Hughes in 2016-2017.

New additions were processed and the finding aid was updated by Kelly Bolding in March-November 2017, and by Chloe Pfendler in January-February 2020. Additional born-digital materials were processed by Kathryn Antonelli and Kelly Bolding in July-August 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this series (housed in Boxes 105-109 and 112-114) are restricted until 75 years from the date of creation due to the presence of student and faculty/personnel records, as indicated at the file-level. Restricted materials in this series are stored off-site.

Conditions Governing 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 the Toni Morrison Estate via Rene Boatman (

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.

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:

Teaching Files; 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.
  • ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 108-109; 112-114
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 110-111; 324

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Related Materials

Other materials relating to Toni Morrison's work at Random House may be found in the Random House records at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Original drafts of Toni Cade Bambara's writings and related materials may be found in the Spelman College Archives.

A number of recordings of PEN American Center events in which Toni Morrison participated can be found in the PEN American Center Records (C0760). Online access to these recordings is available through the PEN America Digital Archive site.