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Zelda Fitzgerald Papers

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Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) was an American socialite, novelist, painter, and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, miscellaneous notes and related material, documents, pictures, clippings, and photographs of Zelda Fitzgerald. Included are the typescript, set for printer, of Save Me the Waltz (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932), manuscripts (mostly typescripts) of short stories, articles, and her play Scandalabra , and tear sheets of some of her published articles and stories: "Big Top," "Caesar's Things," "Choreography of an Idea," "Janno and Jacob," "Other Names for Roses," "Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number...," and "Unembellished." Also present is a portrait drawing by Zelda of her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and several other drawings. There are letters to her daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald (married name, Scottie Fitzgerald Smith), correspondence with other people, such as Ludlow Fowler, Charles Kalman, Margaret Turnbull, George Nathan, and others, and correspondence between various family members. Correspondence between Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald is gathered in his Papers (C0187).

Additions to her papers consist of a family scrapbook of photographs, clippings and memorabilia, dating from Zelda's childhood to 1927, and an album, compiled by Eleanor Lanahan in 1997, entitled Zelda by Herself, The Art of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald , which contains a 45-page catalog and 235 color slides of all of the known art works of Zelda Fitzgerald and their various locations. A later addition includes a jacket worn by Zelda, a photograph of Zelda, Lane Montgomery's notes about Zelda from her writings, and her correspondence with Scottie Fitzgerald Smith (daughter of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald) and others about Zelda and William Luce's play Zelda (1984) in which Ms. Montgomery collaborated and performed.

The collection has been arranged into 8 series, primarily by type/genre.

Microfilm of parts of the collection are available, such as of the manuscripts and the scrapbook.

Frances Scott ("Scottie") Fitzgerald Lanahan (later Smith), the daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, donated the papers to the Princeton University Library in 1950. Some accession numbers associated with this collection are AM 14450 and AM 20502, with additions made to the collection over time until that practice was discontinued.

Some of these additions were from Lane Montgomery, Henry Dan Piper, John Evans, Eleanor Lanahan, James R. Duke (some accession numbers associated with these various gifts include AM 1997-97, AM 1997-106, AM 1999-16, AM 1999-27, AM 2002-149, AM 2006-51, AM 2007-38, and AM 2013-58).

Zelda Fitzgerald's scrapbook was purchased 1982 December 17 (AM 83-73). Easter card purchased 1978 October 31 (AM 79-61).

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In 2023, rehousing and metadata enhancement was completed to prepare materials for digitization. The finding aid was revised by Amy C. Vo in June 2023.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
1998
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of the writings of Zelda Fitzgerald, including manuscripts for novels, plays, and short stories.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts for the novels Save Me the Waltz and Caesar's Things.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Save Me the Waltz – Revised Manuscript, 1932. 7 folders.
Scope and Contents

Corrected typescript. "Setting" copy for printer.

Physical Description

7 folders

Save Me the Waltz – Corrected Galley Proof, 1932. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Save Me the Waltz – Corrected Galleys, 1932. 4 folders.
Scope and Contents

Revised galleys with author's corrections.

Physical Description

4 folders

Scrapbook of Save Me the Waltz Reviews, 1932-1934. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Caesar's Things, circa 1940-1948. 12 folders.
Scope and Contents

Includes:

  • Preceding page, typescript.
  • Chapter I, autograph and typescript manuscripts.
  • Chapter II, autograph manuscript and title page.
  • Chapter III, typescript and title page.
  • Chapter IV, autograph manuscript, title page, and typescript.
  • Chapter V, autograph manuscript, title page, and typescript.
  • Chapter VI, autograph manuscript, title page, and typescript.
  • Chapter VII, typescript.
  • Typescript, page [1]-19: "adultery...Mr. and Mrs Warren..."
  • Autograph manuscript: "Adultery: the suspected wife condemned of evil..."
  • Typescript, page 10-16: "The Big Top."
  • Autograph manuscript: "I am not going to have it..."
  • Typescript: "She had a right to it..."
Physical Description

12 folders

Physical Description

1 folder

"Scandalabra" Typescript, circa early 1930s. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Performed in Baltimore, 1933.

Physical Description

1 folder

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Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts for short stories and articles such as "Choreography of an Idea," "Here's the True Story," and "The world angered God...," as well as others.

Physical Description

15 folders

"Act I, the Garden of Eden...", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Adultery: the suspected wife condemned of evil...", undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Auction--Model 1934", 1934. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Typescript with author's corrections.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Choreography of an Idea", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Typescript with author's corrections.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Choreography of an Idea, Resumé", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The generation whose ministration...", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Typescript.

Physical Description

1 folder

"A Good Idea", circa 1937-1938. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript. Article written at Highland Hospital.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Here's the True Story", circa 1934. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript. Letter in the form of a story to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Miss Ella", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Galley proofs with autograph corrections.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Other Names for Roses", circa 1941. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Typescript with author's corrections.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Park Avenue", 1928. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Typescript. Written by F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number--", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Corrected typescript. Written by Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Story", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript, various paginations.

Physical Description

1 folder

"During the last world war...", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript. Tribute to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Unembellished", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The world angered God...", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Typescript, note on religion.

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of tearsheets for works such as "A Couple of Nuts," "A Millionaire's Girl," and "Who Can Fall in Love After Thirty?" as well as others.

Physical Description

13 folders

"Auction--Model 1934", 1934 July. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Esquire.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The Changing Beauty of Park Avenue", 1928 January. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Harper's Bazaar.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The Continental Angle", 1932 June 4. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

The New Yorker.

Physical Description

1 folder

"A Couple of Nuts", 1932 August. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Scribner's Magazine.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The Girl of Today", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Fragment of the tearsheet from Metropolitan. Story about Zelda Fitzgerald and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The Girl the Prince Liked", 1930 February. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

College Humor.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Looking Back Eight Years", 1928 June. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

College Humor.

Physical Description

1 folder

"A Millionaire's Girl", 1930 May 17. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Saturday Evening Post tearsheet, and related telegram.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Miss Ella", 1931 December. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Scribner's Magazine.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The Original Follies Girl", 1929 July. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

College Humor.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Poor Working Girl", 1931 January. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

College Humor.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Southern Girl", 1929 October. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

College Humor.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Who Can Fall in Love After Thirty?", 1928 October. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

College Humor.

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence with Frances Scott Fitzgerald and individuals such as Edmund Wilson and Allen Tate. Also includes correspondence with Princeton University and Bryn Mawr University.

Physical Description

26 folders

Boyd, Madeleine, 1925 December 18. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Bryn Mawr School, 1933 May 25. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cabell, James Branch, 1920. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Chambrun, Clara Longworth, comtesse de, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Fitzgerald, Frances Scott ("Scottie"), 1926-1948. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes letters and drafts of letters from Zelda Fitzgerald to Scottie, and letters from Scottie to her mother.

Physical Description

1 folder

Forel, Dr. Oscar, 1930 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Fowler, Ludlow, 1920-1922. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Kalman, Alexandra ("Sandy") and Charles Oscar, 1922-1923. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

McQuillan, Annabel, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Meyer, Dr. Adolph, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Murphy, Sara, 1927 June 28. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Nathan George, 1920-1922. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Owens, Isabel W., undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Perkins, Maxwell, 1933. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondence concerning Save Me the Waltz.

Physical Description

1 folder

Princeton University Class of 1917, 1940 January 15. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Princeton University--The University Cottage Club, 1941 February 14. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Satterfield, Mrs., undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sayre, Marjorie (Brinson), circa 1943-1945. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sayre, Minnie Machen, 1933. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sayre, Rosalind (Smith), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sedowa, Julie, 1929 September 13. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Tate, Allen, 1942 April 18. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Taylor, Cecilia, 1937 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Turnbull, Margaret, 1934-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Van Vechten, Carl, 1923. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wilson, Edmund, 1930. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of an address book and notebooks with sketches, religious and philosophical reflections.

Physical Description

7 folders

Address Book, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Bouillabaisse Recipe, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Graphological Reading, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Lists of paintings, drawings, and exhibitions, 1933-1935. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebook Pages, undated. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

Contains sketches, religious and philosophical reflections, and the original binder.

Physical Description

2 folders

Notes, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous bills (including some from Highland Hospital) as well as a contract with Scribner's for Save Me the Waltz.

Physical Description

3 folders

Bills, 1927-1939. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

Including bills related to Highland Hospital in 1936-1938.

Physical Description

2 folders

Save Me the Waltz , Scribner's Contract, 1932 June 14. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of printed matter, primarily reviews of Zelda's works.

Physical Description

3 folders

Reviews of Zelda Biography by Nancy Milford, 1970. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Camp Ken-Jocketee Brochure and Society of Baltimore Independent Artists Exhibition Program, 1933. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, 1933-1948. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of photographs and drawings, primarily of Zelda, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and their daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald.

Physical Description

5 folders

Photographs and Pencil Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs of Frances Scott Fitzgerald, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs and Sketch, 1919-1920. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

8 photographs and one drawing. Zelda at tennis ("A Lesson," Westport, CT., 1920); Zelda playing tennis (in Scott's writing, "Our Tennis Court," Westport, 1920); Zelda doing a back arch; Zelda among flowers (Montgomery, 1919); Zelda in car (Westport, 1920); Mollie Fitzgerald (Scott's mother); Zelda in basket of a crane (circa 1940s); sketch with the caption, "Here's me...in my last costume."

Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs of Minnie Machen Sayre, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Photographs, circa 1920. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of primarily correspondence with a few notes and writings from Frances Scott Fitzgerald (Lanahan) and Minnie Machen Sayre's papers. Correspondents include Henry Louis Mencken, Arthur Mizener, Gertrude Stein, Dr. Robert S. Carroll, and a few unidentified correspondents.

Physical Description

8 folders

Carroll, Robert S., Dr., 1939 October 15. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letter to Minnie Machen Sayre.

Physical Description

1 folder

Lanahan, Frances Scott (Fitzgerald), 1948 March 19. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letters from Frances Scott Lanahan to Minnie Machen Sayre.

Physical Description

1 folder

Notes by Frances Scott Lanahan (Fitzgerald), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sayre, Minnie Machen, 1924-1927. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letters from Minnie Machen Sayre to Frances Scott Lanahan, and various correspondents. Also includes poetry by Minnie Machen Sayre.

Physical Description

1 folder

Mencken, Henry Louis, 1948 March 13. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letter to Minnie Machen Sayre on Zelda's death.

Physical Description

1 folder

Mizener, Arthur, 1950 August 1. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letter to Frances Scott Lanahan.

Physical Description

1 folder

Stein, Gertrude, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letter to Frances Scott Lanahan.

Physical Description

1 folder

Unidentified Correspondence, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists largely of a scrapbook and album of color slides, as well as materials from Lane Montgomery pertaining to Zelda Fitzgerald, some correspondence, and a jacket.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Scrapbook, circa 1905-1926. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings, announcements, photographs, occasional letters, and memorabilia of Zelda Fitzgerald, relating to her family and childhood in Montgomery, Alabama; though the bulk concerns her life with F. Scott Fitzgerald (1918-1926).

Physical Description

1 box

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The Art of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, 1997. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

233 color slides and a 44 page catalog of all the known artworks of Zelda Fitzgerald, compiled by Eleanor Lanahan.

Physical Description

1 folder

"A Portfolio of Paintings" by Zelda Fitzgerald, 1974. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

3 copies of proof sheets from The Romantic Egoists (1974).

Physical Description

1 folder

Easter Card, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Watercolour of flowers and fruit presumably painted by Zelda, with inscription "Easter Greetings, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald." The card was found in F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, Taps at Reveille, Ex3740.8.386.

Physical Description

1 folder

Highland Hospital Photograph, 1930s. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Group photograph of the volleyball team at Highland Hospital. Zelda is in the front row, holding the ball.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Minnie Machen Sayre to Isabel W. Owens, 1935 December 4. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photograph and negative of Zelda Fitzgerald in ballet clothes, sitting on trunks, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photocopy of William Luce's play, "Zelda", 1979. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of the third draft of William Luce's play, with pages from earlier drafts.

Physical Description

1 folder

Photocopy of Lane Montgomery's "Zelda Fitzgerald: Sketches of a Life - Round Trip", 1992 October 4. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Lane Montgomery's Notes, 1920-1940s. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies and typescripts of Lane Montgomery's notes of Zelda Fitzgerald's writings.

Physical Description

1 folder

Lane Montgomery Correspondence, 1979-1985. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondence and copies of contract about William Luce's "Zelda," including a letter from Frances Scott Fitzgerald Smith.

Physical Description

1 folder

Lane Montgomery Printed Material, 1983. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Consists of a copy of the Paris Review containing Lane Montgomery's "Zelda: A Worksheet"; a copy of the William Luce play, "Zelda"; and a Gerald Murphy art exhibition catalogue.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letters from Zelda to Robert ("Dick") Knight; Religious Musings, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Three letters from by Zelda Fitzgerald to "Dick" (Robert Knight). Two holograph pages of religious musings by Zelda. Also included are photocopies of the envelopes used by Robert Knight to send his letters from Zelda to his sister, Mrs. Charles W. Flynn (the donor's grandmother).

Physical Description

1 folder

Austrian Jacket, circa 1930. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Austrian jacket ("Herm Weghofer jun." in Bad Ausee, Austria) owned and worn by Zelda.

Physical Description

1 box

Print, Suggest