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How can I access the unpublished J. D. Salinger short stories at Princeton?
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections welcomes all researchers to its Dulles Reading Room, located on the first floor of the Firestone Library. The majority of the Salinger material (including "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls") is located in the Archives of Story Magazine and Story Press (C0104), which is housed on-site and no advance arrangements are necessary to view the material. Please note, however, that for preservation purposes, readers are asked to use surrogates of the originals. Likewise, requests for photocopies or self-photography of the Salinger material is not allowed, patrons are not allowed to transcribe the material, and permission to publish quotes must be granted by the Salinger estate.
Our reading room hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:45 (closed major holidays). Official posted hours are available online:
We ask that all researchers register for a special collections research account, and you may preregister via the following URL:
Reading copies of the Salinger material are kept on reserve in our reading room, so you do not need to submit a request in your research account for the material to be paged.
Readers must finalize register on their first visit. Please have available a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license incorporating a picture, a passport, or an university academic ID.
A campus map can be accessed via the following (the Rare Books and Special Collections Department is located in the Firestone Library):
General information on visiting Princeton can be found at the following URL:
Likewise, you might also look at the " What's the best way to get to Princeton?" section of our Frequently Asked Questions for Friends Grants: