Contents and Arrangement

Diaries, Logbooks, and Address Books, 1974-2010

16 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 material is grouped by type.

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

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 (

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:

Diaries, Logbooks, and Address Books; 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 (mss): Boxes 276; 304; 309; 332; B-001492 Firestone Library (hsvm): Boxes 305-308; 311-318

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