Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Files, 1910-1995 (mostly 1961-1994)

26 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of editorial correspondence, writings by and about Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, photographs, clippings, and other research materials. The contents reflect William Jovanovich's role as the primary editor and compiler of Charles Lindbergh's Autobiography of Values, as well as his role as the executor of Lindbergh's literary estate. Shortly before Charles Lindbergh died in 1974, he called William Jovanovich to his hospital room, handed over a suitcase containing almost 3,000 pages of drafts written over three decades, and asked Jovanovich to shape them into a publishable autobiography. With the help of Judith A. Schiff, an archivist at Yale University, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published the heavily edited Autobiography of Values in 1978. While Lindbergh's original drafts reside at Yale, this series includes Jovanovich's working drafts for Autobiography of Values throughout the editorial process, as well as related correspondence, photographs, and research materials. Some drafts, notes, and other editorial materials pertaining to The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh, which Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published in 1970, are also present.

As Lindbergh's literary executor, Jovanovich also worked with Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Reeve Lindbergh to determine which writers would be allowed to consult Lindbergh's papers and publish authorized biographies. Much of Jovanovich's correspondence with Anne Morrow Lindbergh and others pertains to his role as a mediator between the Lindbergh family and those interested in publishing books on Lindbergh. Drafts of unpublished biographies of Lindbergh are present in this series, including significant writings by Raymond Fredette and Alden Whitman. Whitman's files contain a notable group of correspondence and printed materials related to Lindbergh's interest in conservation towards the end of his life, including photographs of Lindbergh and Whitman visiting tribal communities in the Philippines. While Anne Morrow Lindbergh's literary work is represented in this series in the form of several typescript drafts, her correspondence largely regards her husband's legacy rather than her own writing.


This series is arranged into six subseries.

Collection History


No materials were separated during 2015 processing. One linear foot of manuscript and typescript drafts of Charles Augustus Lindbergh's "Autobiography of Values" was deacessioned and transferred to Yale University Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in June-August 2015, with assistance from Kristine Gift (GS) and Noga Zaborowski '18. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in August 2015.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research, with the exception of audiovisual media that have not been digitized.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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.

Credit this material:

Series 2: Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Files; William Jovanovich Papers, C1505, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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