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The Last Geraldine Officer, 1934-2009

10 folders
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of drafts, proofs, extensive source materials and research notes, and a chapbook version of the collection called "A Geraldine Officer." Source materials include original materials from the 1930s and 1940s related to Brigadier Denis Henry Fitzgerald, including his diary from 1944 during the Normandy landings (for which transcriptions are also present) and a piece of parachute silk. There is also a copy of a letter from Queen Elizabeth II to FitzGerald thanking him for standing guard in Westminster Hall over her father's coffin (February 1952), as well as letters from FitzGerald to McCarthy (circa 1965) discussing politics and local news. There are also copies of related magazines and printed materials and ephemera related to FitzGerald's birthday celebrations and funeral.

Arrangement

Arranged by collection in chronological order by publication date.

Collection History

Appraisal

During 2019 processing, two folders containing student records were discarded, and printed books were separated and transferred to the library's general collections. No other materials were removed from the collection beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in November-December 2019, with assistance from Alia Wood '20. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in November-December 2019.

Portions of the collection were cleaned for mold during 2019 processing. Folders that were cleaned are marked with blue labels.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research, with the exception of several files related to Aosdána which have been temporarily restricted at the request of the collection creator.

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:

The Last Geraldine Officer; Thomas McCarthy Papers, C1641, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes B-001407 to B-001409