The largest public collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's papers resides at the Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Acquired by-and-large through Scottie Fitzgerald, the "Fitzgerald Papers" are one of the library's most requested collections. As such, some of their contents have been digitized.
The Fitzgerald Museum is the only dedicated museum to the lives and legacies of F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald in the world. It is the last of four extant homes that survived their travels across the world. Their gypsy lifestyle placed them in a number of locations including New York, Paris, Italy, Minnesota and Montgomery, Alabama (to name a few).
Zelda Sayre was a native of Montgomery and remained here until her marriage to Scott in 1920. Their courtship in Montgomery would mark the beginning of the 'Jazz Age'. They would return several times, including a tale of the 'Cruise of the Rolling Junk' and live here from 1931 until the spring of 1932. Her father's death would propel her from Montgomery to the Phipp's Clinic in Baltimore and Scott & Scottie would soon follow. This would be the last home that the Fitzgeralds lived in as a family.
She would eventually return after Scott's death in 1940 and live on Sayre Street, just a few blocks down from her childhood home on Pleasant Avenue, with her mother until 1946. Eventually, their daughter Scottie would return to Montgomery in 1975 and live here until her death in 1985. She has three surviving children; her two daughters continue to control the Fitzgerald Trust today.
The structure itself was originally built in 1909 as a single family home. It would be subsidized into apartments when the Fitzgeralds moved out in 1932. In 1986, it was set to be demolished and our founders, the McPhillips, personally purchased the home and donated it as the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. Today, we run on the support and generosity of the Fitzgerald community locally and abroad!
It is the mission of this Museum and its Board of Directors to preserve and protect the last extant home in which the Fitzgeralds lived as a family; to serve as faithful stewards of the artifacts within its collection; to educate visitors about the lives and legacies of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald; to continue Scott Fitzgerald’s tradition of encouraging neophyte writers by sponsoring writing and author mentoring programs; and to acquire additional artifacts in order to preserve them so that the public may see them, learn the truth about Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s lives, be motivated to read the books and see the artwork, then appreciate the couple’s lasting achievements in the face of tragedy.
The Fitzgerald Museum is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit with the United States Government. All donations are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for the year in which they are made.
The story of the Fitzgeralds is widely told and more is revealed about their life, love and literature even today. Although they were known as celebrities of the 'Jazz Age', a term that Scott coined himself, they remain to be relevant in popular culture. You can find more information on Scott, Zelda and Scottie by visiting The Scott & Zelda page, and the Princeton University Digital Library here:
Scott and Zelda's grandchildren and great-grandchildren, beneficiaries of the Fitzgerald Estate, have created their own website dedicated to preserving the memory of their famous forebears.
The University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library's Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is home to The Matthew J. and Aryln Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald. This collection, which includes F. Scott's briefcase, flask, cane, original ledger, letters and photo albums, is the second largest public collection of Fitzgerald artifacts in the world.