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How can I access the unpublished J. D. Salinger short stories at Princeton?
The majority of Special Collections holdings related to JD Salinger can be found in the Story Magazine and Story Press Records (C0104). Notable material includes:
- The unpublished J.D. Salinger short stories (including “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls”) can be found in box 14, folder 25-26 and box 35, folder 12-13
- A photocopy of a half-sheet of paper, on which there is a very short biographical note about Salingercan found in Box 27, Folder 22 (“Salinger, J. D., dates not examined”)
- A typed, signed, single-page note from Salinger to an employee at Story Magazine/Story Press (“Miss Keen”) asking her to continue to send out "nice announcement notes" to a number of people, whose names and addresses are listed, can be found in Box 78, Folder 19.
- A photocopy of a single-page letter from Harold Ober Associates (Oct. 1916) to Whit Burnett (founder and editor of Story) indicating that Mr. Salinger does not wish the story "Young Folks" to be included in an upcoming compilation publication, is in Box 37, Folder 24.
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