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Working Files, 1955-2018
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 following the original grouping of material. The Office Working Files are divided into roughly chronological files groupings, with Office Working Files I being the oldest and Office Working Files IV being the most recent, although there is considerable overlap between II and III. The Additional Working Files subseries includes additional materials received after the bulk of the papers were arranged.
- 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
- Access Restrictions:
Toni Morrison has required the Library to make surrogate copies of all of her manuscripts (including typescripts, proofs, and notes) that are part of the Writings series, including but not restricted to those damaged by fire in 1993. Morrison's diaries (appointment books) are also available via digital access in the reading room pending digitization.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.
A small amount of material is temporarily restricted at the request of the collection creator or due to the presence of personally identifiable or other legally protected information. This includes portions of the Academic Career series that are restricted until 75 years from the date of creation due to the presence of student and faculty/personnel records.
For preservation reasons, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted.
- 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 the Toni Morrison Estate via Rene Boatman (email@example.com).
- 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:
Working 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 122-184; 266; 321 Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 330-332; B-001492; B-001490; B-001491