F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers



"Bookends" of Fitzgerald's writing career: The Triangle Club at Princeton (1913-1917) and Hollywood (1937-1940)

Manuscripts Division
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton University Library
1993 (Revised 2001)

I. Writings
Short Stories
Drama Scripts
Moving Picture Scripts
Radio Scripts, Television, etc.
Book Reviews
Published [Printed] Material
"Published Juvenilia of F. Scott Fitzgerald..."
"Various Contributions of Scott Fitzgerald..."
"The Apprentice Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald..."
"Excerpts from the Nassau Literary Magazine..."
Newman News Easter issues (1912-1913)
II. Correspondence (letters sent by Fitzgerald)
III. Documents
IV. Photographs
V. Memorabilia and Clippings
VI. Supplemental Groups of Papers
Bertie Barr Additions
Short Stories
Esquire Additions
Short Stories
Sheilah Graham Additions
Short Stories
Laura Guthrie Hearne Additions
Works of Laura Guthrie Hearne
Marie Shank Additions
Drama Scripts
Short Stories
VII. F. Scott Fitzgerald as Subject
Correspondence and Articles
Printed Matter 
VIII. Miscellaneous Material
Periodicals relating to FSF and family
Brochures regarding FSF
Original Folders from Fitzgerald Collection
Gatsby Movie Publicity (1974)
F. Scott Fitzgerald Recordings
IX. Miscellaneous Additions
2 drawings by Zelda (framed), one includes ALS by her to Dr. Rennie
Poem to Mildred McNally & related material
P.U. grade transcripts, 1918
Short Story: "That Kind of Party"
Novel: Tender Is the Night, page proofs
Letter: FSF to Isaac Benesch, 1933
Short Story: "Two for a Cent," photocopies of 2 variant editions
Correspondence (ZF, FSF & Dr. Rennie)
Oversize photographs
Oversize scrapbook volumes

Occasionally, a reference is made to the following locations using the abbreviations noted below:

"Published Juvenilia of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1909-1917." A bound collection. Abbr.: "Published Juvenilia..." (Box 2, Folder 24)

"Various Contributions of Scott Fitzgerald to the Nassau Literary Magazine of Princeton, 1915-1917." A bound collection. Abbr.: "Various Contributions..." (Box 2, Folder 25)

"The Apprentice Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1909-1917." Two folders of photocopied material. Abbr.: "The Apprentice Fiction..." (Box 3, Folders 1-2)

"Excerpts from the Nassau Literary Magazine--1917." A folder of photocopied material. Abbr.: "Excerpts from the Nassau..." (Box 3, Folder 3)

Newman News. A folder containing Easter issues: 1912, 1913. (Box 3, Folder 4)

For the convenience of users, descriptions of related items in these additional papers have been filed under the appropriate series category I-IV. Hence, there is just the one place to look for Fitzgerald photographs, etc. From series V-VIII, a box/folder listing is provided. As miscellaneous items are acquired, they are listed both in order at the end and, if possible, under the appropriate series I-IV.


Since 1950, the Princeton University Library has been successful in acquiring additional manuscripts and related materials to complement the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers (C0187). The F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers (C0188) is comprised of Fitzgerald manuscripts (including his published juvenilia), letters, documents, photographs, tape recordings, memorabilia, and other materials donated by the author's family, friends, and publishers. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers is an open collection to which other Fitzgerald materials, acquired by gift or purchase, can be added.

Range of Collection Dates: 1909-1978

Size: 21.0 linear ft. (24 archival boxes, 1 box of tape reels, 1 oversize flat box, 2 oversize folders)

Provenance: The collection has developed principally through gifts from Fitzgerald's friends--Marie Shank and Sheilah Graham in 1959, Bertie Barr and Esquire magazine in 1962--and a purchase from Laura Hearne in 1967. In addition, there was a significant, anonymous gift in 1992.

Restrictions: There are no closed or sealed materials in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers. However, for legal or preservation reasons, only microfilm or preservation photocopies are generally available for certain Fitzgerald materials. Both the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers (C0187) and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers (C0188) have been heavily used since 1950, and a substantial portion of papers has been published and is widely available in research libraries. Accordingly, potential researchers should understand the relationship of the papers themselves to information available in print, as here described.

Manuscripts: Researchers should be aware that facsimiles of the manuscripts of Fitzgerald's books and articles were published in the multi-volume series F. Scott Fitzgerald Manuscripts, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Alan Margolies (New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1990). Complete sets of the facsimile edition are available at more than fifty research libraries (including Firestone Library). The original manuscript of Fitzgerald's ledger is not at Princeton. One should use F. Scott Fitzgerald's Ledger: A Facsimile, with an introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli (Washington, D.C.: NCR/Microcard Editions, 1972) or refer to the photostats in Box 60 (C0187). With respect to using Fitzgerald's manuscripts at Princeton, researchers should be aware that the 1950 deed of gift stipulates that Fitzgerald's manuscripts were to be microfilmed to preserve the originals, and that researchers must use the microfilm for most purposes. Researchers who believe that there are compelling reasons why they must have access to the original manuscripts instead of the facsimile edition or microfilm must request permission in advance from the Curator of Manuscripts. Researchers should also be aware of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by James L. W. West III (Cambridge, England, and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991- ). Based on Fitzgerald's manuscripts and published editions, the Cambridge edition will eventually number 17 volumes.
Correspondence: A large portion of correspondence in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers and other collections at Princeton has been published in critical editions. The following editions of correspondence (listed alphabetically by editor) can be found in most research libraries: As Ever Scott Fitz--: Letters between F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Literary Agent Harold Ober, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli with Jennifer Atkinson (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1972); A Life in Letters: F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli with Judith S. Baughman (New York: Scribner's, 1994); Correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Margaret Duggan with Susan Walker (New York: Random House, 1980); Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy Barks (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002); Dear Scott/Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence, edited by John Kuehl and Jackson R. Bryer (New York: Scribner, 1971); Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Andrew Turnbull (New York: Scribner, 1963); Scott Fitzgerald: Letters to his Daughter, edited by Andrew Turnbull with an introduction by Frances Fitzgerald Lanahan (New York: Scribner, 1965).
Photographs: Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald are very frequently requested by publishers, newspapers, magazines, and documentary film makers. Researchers should be aware that the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections maintains a large file of copy negatives to facilitate reproduction of these photographs. Most of the photographs in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers and other collections at Princeton were reproduced in The Romantic Egoists: A Pictorial Autobiography from the Scrapbooks and Albums of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, Scottie Fitzgerald Smith, and Joan P. Kerr (New York: Scribner, 1974). Often-requested images can be viewed online by visiting the Library's RBSC Portfolio at http://libweb2.princeton.edu/rbsc2/portfolio/portfolio.html
Photocopying, literary rights, and citation: Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Most photoduplication will be in form of duplicate microfilm and photographic prints. Photocopies are not provided when microfilm exists. Formerly closed materials relating to Zelda Fitzgerald's illness and hospitalization are not available for photoduplication. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright. The Fitzgerald copyright is owned by the Fitzgerald Literary Trust and administered by Harold Ober Associates, Inc. Researchers are therefore advised to address all questions about Fitzgerald literary rights to Harold Ober Associates Inc., 425 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10017 (Telephone:  212-759-8600; FAX:  212-759-9428). Publication, reproduction, and broadcast of the image of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald involve additional rights owned by the Fitzgerald Literary Trust and administered by Harold Ober Associates, Inc. Citations should be as follows:  F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers, Box #, Folder #, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

Conservation Note: In May 1999, the Princeton University Library was awarded a federal grant under the "Save America's Treasures" program, administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to deacidify, repair, and rehouse the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers. Work was completed in August 2001.

Microfilm Note: Due to additional microfilming in the summer of 2001, as well as the rehousing of the collection, some of the microfilm box numbers may not correspond to the manuscript box numbers listed in "A Guide to Microfilm for F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers." The "Guide" will be revised and updated as soon as possible. 

Biographical Sketch

F(rancis) Scott (Key) Fitzgerald (1896-1940), novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, author of short stories, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He entered Princeton University in 1913 as an undergraduate, and joined the famous Princeton Triangle Club, for which he wrote the scripts and lyrics for various shows. However, he withdrew from Princeton in January, 1916, ostensibly because of his health, though in reality for bad grades. He returned to the University in 1917, but never graduated, opting to serve in the army to fight in World War I, from 1917-1919. During this time, while stationed at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama, he met Zelda Sayre, a writer, artist, and dancer. They married on April 3, 1920, a week after Fitzgerald's first novel, This Side of Paradise, was published.

Fitzgerald went on to publish three more novels in his lifetime: The Beautiful and Damned (1922), The Great Gatsby (1925), and Tender Is the Night: A Romance (1934). His last, and unfinished, novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously in 1941. Besides his novels, Fitzgerald also wrote numerous articles and short stories, which were published in such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post and Esquire. He also worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood, first with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (he had a hand in writing the script for Gone with the Wind), then as a freelancer for other studios. In Hollywood, he met Sheilah Graham, a film columnist. They had a relationship which was, at times, stormy, due to Fitzgerald's alcohol-abuse problem. He died at her apartment in Hollywood of a sudden heart attack on December 21, 1940.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Chronology
1896 Born on September 24 in St. Paul, Minnesota
1913 Entered Princeton University as an undergraduate student
1916 Withdrew from Princeton University 
1917 Re-entered Princeton but did not graduate
Entered army; October - appointed second lieutenant
1918 Met Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama
1919 Discharged from army
Worked for a New York advertising agency
1920 March - published This Side of Paradise
April 3 - married Zelda Sayre
September - published Flappers and Philosophers (stories)
1921 October - daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald ("Scottie") born
1922 March - published The Beautiful and Damned
September - published Tales of the Jazz Age (stories)
1925 March - published The Great Gatsby
1925-1926 Met Ernest Hemingway in Paris
1926 February - published All the Sad Young Men (stories)
1927 Met Irving Thalberg, producer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (later the primary model for the hero of The Last Tycoon)
1930 Zelda had breakdown, hospitalized at a sanatorium in Switzerland
1931 Zelda released from sanatorium and the Fitzgeralds returned to live in the United States
1933 Zelda had two more breakdowns, entered various asylums
1934 April - published Tender Is the Night
1935 Published Taps at Reveille (stories)
1937 July - went to Hollywood, California, to work as a screenwriter at MGM studios
Met Sheilah Graham
1940 December 21 - died of sudden heart attack in Hollywood
1941 The Last Tycoon (unfinished) published posthumously

Collection Description

Scope Note

Consists of additional (i.e., in addition to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers) writings, including published juvenilia, letters, documents, photographs, tape recordings, and memorabilia of Fitzgerald (Princeton Class of 1917), and material of others about him. Included are 7 boxes of papers presented by several of Fitzgerald's friends of the 1930s and 1940: Bertie Barr, Esquire magazine, which published many of the Pat Hobby stories, Sheilah Graham, Laura Guthrie Hearne, and Marie Shank. There are also two film versions of Tender Is the Night, David Hertz' screenplay (1947) and that of Ivan Moffat (1961).


The collection has been organized into the following series: I. Writings, II. Correspondence, III. Documents, IV. Photographs, V. Memorabilia and Printed Matter, VI. Supplemental Groups of Papers, VII. F. Scott Fitzgerald as Subject, VIII. Miscellaneous Material, and IX. Miscellaneous Additions.

Added Entries

The following added entries have been assigned to this collection to highlight significant sources (other than the main entry), subjects, and forms of the collection's materials. Where possible Library of Congress Subject Headings have been used, and the forms of names reflect international cataloging standards. As a result, all of these entries may be searched in the Department's database (MASC), and in the Library's online catalog to find other related material.

    People:    Barr, Bertie
                    Graham, Sheilah, 1908?-1988
                    Hearne, Laura Guthrie
                    Shank, Marie

    Corporate Bodies:    Esquire

    Subject Headings (in uppercase) / Form Headings (in upper and lower case):

    American fiction--20th century
    Beloved infidel / Sheilah Graham
    Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940--Photographs
    Graham, Sheilah, 1908?-1988--Photographs
    Motion picture plays--United States
    Novelists, American--20th century--Letters
    Novelists, American--20th century--Manuscripts
    Princeton University--Alumni (Class of 1917)--Letters
    Princeton University--Alumni (Class of 1917)--Mansucripts
    Scrapbooks, American--20th century
    Short stories, American--20th century
    Tender is the night (screenplay) / David Hertz
    Tender is the night (screenplay) / Ivan Moffat 

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