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How can I access the unpublished J. D. Salinger short stories at Princeton?

The unpublished J.D. Salinger short stories (including “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls”) can be found in the Archives of Story Magazine and Story Press (C0104). As is true with all material, the department of Special Collections welcomes all researchers to the reading room, located on C-Floor of Firestone Library, Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:45pm. 

Prior to arriving at special collections, patrons will need to register for a Special Collections Research account (you can do so on the Special Collections registration and login page) and upon arrival, check in with the access office on the first floor of Firestone Library in order to obtain a reader photo ID. Please bring a government or school issued ID to complete this process. 

Please note, however, that for preservation purposes, readers will be required to use surrogate photocopies of the original document. As such, readers do not need to request this material through the finding aid.

Likewise, requests for photocopies or self-photography of the Salinger material is not allowed. Patrons are also not allowed to transcribe the material, and permission to publish quotes must be granted by the Salinger estate.

Please contact Special Collections staff with questions or concerns via the Ask a Question form on our website.