FitzGerald, Frances (1940- )
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The Frances FitzGerald collection consists of manuscripts, research material, printed material, correspondence, photographs, and other material.

Manuscripts by FitzGerald in the collection include material for Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and Americans in Vietnam (Atlantic/Little, Brown, 1972), including chapter drafts, notes, fragments, a partial draft, an early rough draft, and a setting copy with printer’s marks. In addition to the manuscripts, the collection includes related editorial correspondence (1968-1972) with comments by others on the manuscript in progress. The collection also includes manuscript material related to America Revised: History Schoolbooks in the Twentieth Century (Atlantic/Little, Brown, 1979), including several variant drafts, galleys and page proofs of the original articles as they first appeared in the New Yorker magazine (under the title “Rewriting American History”) with FitzGerald’s corrections; and galleys and page proofs of the book. Also present are notebooks and loose notes on history textbooks and other research material in the form of clippings, booklets, and conference reports.

Other manuscripts include a series of short stories, including “George and Martha” (a series that appeared in House and Garden) and a series of fairy tales entitled “Cloudland”; fragments of journals, novels and short stories, in notebooks and legal pads; number of short non-fiction manuscripts, some with their printed versions from such publications as Harper’s, Reader’s Digest, the New York Times Magazine, McCall’s, Vogue, Esquire, The New Yorker, and others; two book reviews written by FitzGerald; and her introductions and prefaces to the Spanish edition of Fire in the Lake (1974) and Between Two Fires: The Unheard Voices of Vietnam (1970).

Research material in the collection consists primarily of extensive notes and collected documents regarding various projects. These items include notebooks and loose pages of notes on a wide range of subjects such as art in New York City, Eastern Europe, and the effects of radiation on the population of the Utirik Atoll following nuclear weapon testing by the U.S. shortly after World War II. There is a great deal of material related to Fire in the Lake: notes from her trip to Hanoi, newsclippings, magazines, American and Vietnamese official publications, reports, theses, anti-war publications, and sixty small notebooks written both before and after the publication of Fire in the Lake. There are also five notebooks with FitzGerald’s notes on Cuba for a New Yorker article (1973-1974); seven notebooks on Iran for an article in Harper’s (1974); and four notebooks on Syria and the Middle East. The collection also contains FitzGerald’s notes and research material for her book Cities on a Hill: A Journey through Contemporary American Cultures (Simon and Schuster, 1986).

Printed material in the collection includes published articles by FitzGerald. Publications include the Sunday Herald Tribune Magazine, Mademoiselle, Vogue, The Week-End Daily Telegraph, and the complete serialization of Fire in the Lake, appearing in five issues of The New Yorker (July 1 -29, 1972). Also in the printed material section are reviews of Fire in the Lake; other articles about her and her family; and material related to conferences and symposia, awards, and speaking engagements.

Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of letters to and from various figures in the fields of politics, literature, and journalism. Notable correspondents, include Henry Kissinger, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Adlai Stevenson, Dean Acxheson, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Gloria Emerson, Martha Gellhorn, Francine DuPlessix Gray, Lillian Hellman, John Huston, Philip Johnson, Eugene McCarthy, Norman Mailer, Ward Just, Jonathan Miller, Daniel Moynihan, Mrs. Geoge S. Patton, Arthur Miller, John Kenneth Galbraith, George Plimpton, Philip Roth, John Updike, and Theodore H. White.
 
Photographs in the collection include several family photographs, including a photo of FitzGerald with her mother, Marietta Tree, and Adlai Stevenson with Albert Schweitzer at his home in Africa in 1957. Also present are professional portraits of FitzGerald taken throughout her career, as well as photographs taken by FitzGerald herself while on assignment in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cuba.

Other items in the collection include diaries, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and diplomas from FitzGerald’s early years at Dalton and Foxcroft; FitzGerald’s picture ID cards for travel in Vietnam; Vietnamese currency; a guest list for a dinner party, with FitzGerald’s name on the list, given by Ferdinand Marcos in Manila; and a cigarette lighter with the Presidential seal and Lyndon Johnson’s signature.

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Notable Figures
1. FitzGerald, Frances, 1940-
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Journalism Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Military History Subject Guide
4. New Yorker Magazine Subject Guide
5. LGBT Subject Guide
6. The Vietnam War Subject Guide
7. Civil Rights Subject Guide
8. Helen Deutsch Research Section