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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Author & 1920s Icon: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at Dellwood the month before Scottie's birth.

James Taylor Dunn and Family Papers
Robert R. Dunn, Jr. correspondence, miscellany, and photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1962-1982. Includes informal snapshots of F. Scott Fitzgerald and St. Paul friends, newspaper clippings, printed materials, and a photocopy of a letter written by Fitzgerald to Dunn shortly before his death (original letter is in the Reserve collection and requires curator permission to access.).
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Correspondence with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Family and Fitzgerald Memorabilia
Correspondence of Kalman, a St. Paul investment banker, with Scott (1931-1939) and Zelda (1940-1946) Fitzgerald. Letters from Scott discuss family news, his and Zelda’s health, and his finances. Zelda’s letters include friendly reminiscences, descriptions of Montgomery (Ala.), her daughter’s marriage, and her pessimistic observations on current affairs (largely World War II). Also included is some biographical information and memorabilia.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1417).

Letter to Dawson Lobuston, 1919 Sept. 30
The handwritten letter to Dawson Lobuston, presumably an employee at the St. Paul Public Library, briefly notes his published writings to date, which at the time consisted largely of a few magazine stories and poems. .
MNHS call number: Res. 57 (This item is on Reserve and requires curator permission to access)

Charles W. and Mary Lesley Ames Family Papers (Norris Dean Jackson Album)
Reflects Jackson’s years at Princeton, his WWI service, and his early fatherhood. Includes a few photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Books & Other Publications

The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Secret Boyhood Diary, edited by Dave Page. 
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
MNHS call number: PS3511.I9 T6 2013

Now and Then
Saint Paul, Minn.: St. Paul Academy.
Vol. 3, no. 4 (June 1911) contains the short story: The room with the green blinds by Scott Fitzgerald.
MNHS call number: Reserve LD7501.S14 S14n Vol. 3 No. 4 June 1911 (This item is on Reserve and requires curator permission to access).

A Life in Letters: F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli.
New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1994.
A Life in Letters is the most comprehensive volume of Fitzgerald's letters - many of them appearing in print for the first time. The fullness of the selection and the chronological arrangement make this collection the closest thing to an autobiography Fitzgerald ever wrote.
MNHS call number: PS3511.I9 Z48 1994

A Short Autobiography, edited by James L. W. West III.
New York: Scribner, 2011.
MNHS call number: PS3511.I9 Z46 2011

F. Scott Fitzgerald on Authorship, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli with Judith S. Baughman. 
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, 1996.
Assembling letters and notebook entries with articles and reviews written for publication, F. Scott Fitzgerald on Authorship provides Fitzgerald's public and private writings on his trade and craft. The forty-six selections in this volume construct an autobiographical account of Fitzgerald's twenty-year endeavor to maintain careers as a commercial writer and as a literary artist.
MNHS call number: PS3511.I9 Z464 1996

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s St. Paul Plays, 1911-1914, edited by Alan Margolies. 
Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Library, 1978.
MNHS call number: PS3511.I9 A19 1978

University of Minnesota Conference on F. Scott Fitzgerald: St. Paul’s Native Son and Distinguished American Writer: 1982 St. Paul, MN
Minneapolis, Minn: s.n., 1982.
MNHS call number: PS3511.I9 A49 1982

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