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How do I access the Toni Morrison Papers?

The finding aid for the Toni Morrison Papers can be found on the Princeton University Finding Aids site under call number C1491. This collection consists of manuscripts, drafts, galleys, and proofs of Morrison's novels and other writings; personal correspondence; editorial files relating to Morrison's work at Random House and later publication of two posthumous works by Toni Cade Bambara; academic and teaching files, particularly pertaining to SUNY Albany and Princeton University; working files; press clippings; published books; photographs; audiovisual materials; and awards and memorabilia.

To search within the collection for keywords, phrases, names or titles, please use the search bar underneath the title, or browse by using the collapsible menu on the left-side of the screen. 

As is true with all collections, the department of Special Collections welcomes all researchers to the reading room regardless of academic affiliation, located on C-Floor of Firestone Library, Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:45pm. 

Prior to arriving at special collections, researchers 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 then 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 300 pages (or 20% of a collection, whichever comes first) and provided at no cost to the researcher. For more information on digitization services please see the Special Collections website.

Please note that Toni Morrison's manuscript material, including drafts, typescripts, galleys, and proofs found in boxes 1-11; 13-19; 22-29; 32-47; 50-56; 59-62; and 64-66 are available only via digital access in the Special Collections reading room. Due to preservation concerns, access to the original documents is prohibited. Material in boxes 280-291; 305-308; 310-318; 320; 323; and 325 will also be available only via digital access in the reading room pending digitization. A small amount of material is temporarily restricted at the request of the collection creator or due to the presence of personally identifiable or other legally protected information. For preservation reasons, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted.

Please contact Special Collections staff with further questions or concerns via the AskUs! Form