- Collection Overview
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Floppy Disks, 1980-2000 November 9
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
This series consists of files extracted from 3.5" and 5.25" floppy disks. These files include drafts from Beloved, Jazz, Paradise, Playing in the Dark, Race-ing Justice, Engendering Power, Birth of a Nation'Hood, and various academic lectures; as well as administrative databases and correspondence, likely including duplicates from letterbooks and reports found in Working Files.
Researchers should note that partial drafts of Beloved can be found in file groups "DataBase Files, Indexes and Programs" and "Ronnie's Disks."
Disk titles are taken from original handwritten labels, and may include dates that do not match the dates derived from the actual files. When disks were unlabeled, disk titles were occasionally supplied by the archivist, as indicated at the file-level. Description notes for individual disks contain further notations from longer labels or disk envelopes where present, or other contextual information. Disk numbers refer to the order in which disk imaging was attempted. Some disks (disk009, disk027, disk030-disk031, disk054, disk076, disk104-disk110, disk112-disk119) were unable to be successfully imaged but may be added if new machines allow them to be imaged successfully.
This material is arranged alphabetically by disk titles, or groups of disks containing the same type of material, such as "Correspondence" and "Chronological Letters". The disks in groups "DataBase Files, Indexes and Programs" and "Ronnie's Disks" were maintained as per their original arrangement, in boxes with those labels.
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
Files from these disks are accessible on a computer in RBSC's reading room. To view the physical disks, please consult staff.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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:
Floppy Disks; Toni Morrison Papers, C1491, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (hsvm): Box 227-229