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Craig House Medical Records on Zelda Fitzgerald


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Craig House.

Craig House was an American private psychiatric clinic located in Beacon, N.Y.

Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of the American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, was a patient at Craig House, under the care of Dr. C. Jonathan Slocum.

The collection consists of psychiatric evaluations, correspondence, and reports concerning Zelda Fitzgerald when she was a patient at Craig House, Beacon, N.Y., under the care of Dr. C. Jonathan Slocum. Included are letters, telegrams, and notes to and from Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mrs. A. D. Sayre (Zelda's mother), and various doctors. There are also copies of reports and evaluations from Johns Hopkins Hospital and Prangin, Switzerland, as well as a stenographic transcript of a conversation between Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dr. Thomas Rennie in 1933. It should be noted that some of the medical histories and correspondence use harmful language when describing mental and behavioral health symptoms and diagnoses.

Gift of Jonathan Slocum (Princeton Class of 1936), Dr. Slocum's son (AM 1993-118).

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1932-1934. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

The correspondence consists of letters, telegrams, and notes that were exchanged between Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mrs. A. D. Sayre (Minerva "Minnie" Sayre), and Zelda's various doctors (and an unnamed secretary). The corresponding doctors include Dr. C. M. Gilmore, Dr. Chilton Thorington, Dr. Eleanor Pavenstedt, Dr. C. J. (Clarence Jonathan) Slocum, Dr. Rex Blankenship, and Dr. Ross Chapman. The letters discuss Zelda's treatment at Craig House, her medical and mental health history, previous treatments, and her progress. Some of the notes list items that Zelda was requesting be bought and/or sent to her, one of which is attached to a clipping of a book review. The bulk of the correspondence is from 1934, and letters from this time period also document Zelda Fitzgerald's transfer to Sheppard & Enoch Pratt, where she was under the care of Dr. Ross Chapman.

Physical Description

1 folder

Psychiatric Reports, 1930-1934. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

The psychiatric reports consists of copies of evaluations that were forwarded to Dr. Slocum at Craig House from Johns Hopkins Hospital. The majority of the evaluations are from the records at the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and among the forwarded material were copies of reports (in French) from Dr. Bleuler and Dr. Forel in Prangins, Switzerland. There are typewritten duplicates of a couple of these forwarded medical histories, one of which is the report entitled, "Five Year Chronological Record." The summary of Dr. Bleuler and Dr. Forel's consultation is also duplicated in a typewritten document. In addition to these reports and histories is a stenographic transcript of a conversation between Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dr. Thomas Rennie, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The conversation took place in the Fitzgeralds' Maryland home in 1933.

Physical Description

2 folders

Clippings, 1940-1978. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

The clippings in this collection were collected decades after Zelda Fitzgerald was hospitalized at Craig House. The clippings include F. Scott Fitzgerald's obituary, and several articles about either Zelda Fitzgerald or F. Scott Fitzgerald from the 60s and 70s, a couple of which were from the publication, Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Physical Description

1 folder

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