From their marriage in 1920 until Zelda's need for constant hospitalization in 1934, Scott and Zelda managed to live a life that would have impressed even such eternal vagabonds as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey. During this fourteen year span, they averaged five months per "stop," which could be interpreted by saying they were short-term renters who took long-term trips. Even Scott, who lived the last six years of his life without Zelda, remained on the move seasonally until his death in 1940. When he died, the apartment he was renting was fully furnished by the landlord, and his personal belongings (besides his papers) amounted to very little.
The Fitzgerald Museum's holdings are divided into four main areas, which cover six different time periods. Although we do have artifacts from Zelda's family which date to the nineteenth century, and the first decade of the twentieth century, our "timeline" begins in 1913, when a 17-year-old Fitzgerald leaves home for Princeton and ends with their daughter Scottie's death in 1985.