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How do I access the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers / F. Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers / Zelda Fitzgerald Papers?

There are items related to the lives and writings of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald across multiple collections held at both Firestone Special Collections and Mudd Manuscript Library. In particular, material related to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time as a Princeton student can be found at Mudd Library in the Office of the Registrar Records (AC116)the Triangle Club Records (AC122) and the Nassau Literary Review. The primary relevant collections at Firestone are the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers (C0187), the F.Scott Fitzgerald Additional Papers (C0188) and the Zelda Fitzgerald Papers (C0183). There is also material in the Archives of Charles Scribner’s and Sons (C0101).

Some material, such as the corrected first edition of The Great Gatsby, the autograph manuscript of The Great Gatsby and the family scrapbooks are available through the finding aid sites as high quality digital scans, available for public download. Some material has been digitized and added to an online portfolio and the Princeton University Digital Library

To explore all Fitzgerald related content available at Princeton University, please search the Princeton University Finding Aids website and Princeton University Catalog for phrases, words, or dates within these features and refine by online access, repository, topic, subject, and collection. 

To search within a finding aid for a specific collection, use the search bar underneath the title, or browse by using the collapsible menu on the left-side of the screen.

To view material in person, as is true with all collections, 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, patons will need to register for a Special Collections Research account (you can do so on the Special Collections registration and login page). Please use this account to request materials to the reading room. We recommend placing reading room requests at least two days in advance to ensure that any offsite items will be available upon patron arrival. 

Upon first visit to the library, patrons will need to 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. 

Material can be requested via the finding aid portal using the "request this box" button on the item finding aid page. 

Patrons can also request material be digitized and emailed to them as high quality reproductions. Requests must be less than 250 pages (or 20% of a collection, whichever comes first) for the fee of $16.25 + (the number of pages requested x 0.35). Requests fewer than ten pages are provided gratis. For more information on digitization services please see our FAQ on requesting digital images.

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