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  • Sheilah Graham and the College of One

    F. Scott Fitzgerald undertook personally to educate his close friend, Sheilah Graham, in a course of study which came to be known as the College of One. Graham documented the story of the College of One in her book of that title. The curriculum which Fitzgerald prepared for her covered a broad spectrum of topics, but was especially strong in contemporary literature. It included: history, poetry, English, American, French, and Russian literature, music, art, and philosophy.

    In 1968, Graham presented Princeton Library with the books which she used in her College of One education. Some are formally inscribed by Fitzgerald, but others have notes by him in the margins, as well as casual jottings such as grocery lists. There are 246 volumes in the College of One Collection.

    The College of One Collection is separately shelved and arranged and has the Departmental location designator of: College of One. There is a checklist of the collection, which is catalogued with call number: (Ex) Z1035.xP7 1979.

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    An important microfilm held by the Library is Books from the library of Sheilah Graham, Los Angeles, California, including books presented to her by F. Scott Fitzgerald and books annotated by him. According to the May 9, 1961 cover letter documenting this microfilm "The books ... are represented on this microfilm by their title-pages and by such pages in each volume as are annotated or otherwise marked." 2 microfilm reels. Call number for the film is: (Film) MICROFILM 07287.

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