Toni Morrison’s Papers to Be Housed at Princeton University

morrisonPrinceton University has announced that the papers of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will be archived at the university. The archives consist of about 180 linear feet of papers that include correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, proofs, diaries, course materials, lectures, notes, and photographs. Additional materials, including manuscripts of Morrison’s works in progress will be added at later dates.

Professor Morrison joined the faculty at Princeton in 1989. Previously, she taught at the University at Albany of the State University of New York System and had been an editor at Random House for 20 years.

In 1993 Professor Morrison won the Nobel Prize for literature. She also has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber stated that “Toni Morrison’s place among the giants of American literature is firmly entrenched, and I am overjoyed that we are adding her papers to the Princeton University Library’s collections. This extraordinary resource will provide scholars and students with unprecedented insights into Professor Morrison’s remarkable life and her magnificent, influential literary works. We at Princeton are fortunate that Professor Morrison brought her brilliant talents as a writer and teacher to our campus 25 years ago, and we are deeply honored to house her papers and to help preserve her inspiring legacy.”

Below is a video about Toni Morrison and Princeton University:


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  1. Michael says:

    This article is not completely accurate regarding Mrs. Morrison because it somehow did not mention that she obtained her BA degree from Howard University. Mrs. Morrison should be ashamed of herself for allowing her written work to be housed at Princeton University(or any other White university). As many within higher education as fully aware of the incessant racial micro-aggressions Black faculty, students, and staff endure at this institution.

    Yes, Mrs. Morrison has the right to have her works maintained where she thinks is best for her. However, Mrs. Morrison and other similarly “successful” Blacks need to show some RESPECT towards the Black community. In my opinion, Mrs. Morrison, this is definitely disagree with your decision and I know many others as well. However, the only difference is that I am verbalizing my displeasure.

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