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MS Am 2100

Ticknor and Fields. Ticknor and Fields records, 1839-1881: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2100
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ticknor and Fields.
Title: Ticknor and Fields records,
Date(s): 1839-1881.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily correspondence of James Thomas Fields and other editors at Ticknor and Fields, a nineteenth-century Boston, Massachusetts, publishing house.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

98M-2 and 2001M-31. Purchased from John William Pye Rare Books with funds from the Parkman D. Howe Fund, the James Duncan Phillips Fund for Harvard College, the Harmand Teplow Fund, and funds from the sale of duplicates; received: 1998 June 24; 2001 Nov. 13.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ticknor and Fields Records, 1839-1881 (MS Am 2100). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Ticknor and Fields of Boston, Massachusetts was the premier "literary" publishing house in the United States during the middle years of the nineteenth century. Ticknor and Fields originated in the firm of Allen and Ticknor established in 1832. The partners in Ticknor and Fields were William D. Ticknor (one of the partners in Allen and Ticknor) and James T. Fields, who entered the firm as a junior partner in 1843. Fields edited the Atlantic monthly from 1861-1870. Fields was also a writer; his writings include: Poems (1849), Yesterdays with authors (1872), and Hawthorne (1876). In 1854, Fields married Annie Adams, an author, literary hostess, and social welfare worker. Ticknor and Fields became Fields, Osgood and Co. in 1868 when James R. Osgood joined the firm. After a series of changes, Fields, Osgood and Co. evolved into Houghton, Mifflin and Company.


Arranged into three series:

Scope and Contents

Primarily business and personal correspondence of James Thomas Fields along with the correspondence of James R. Osgood and other Ticknor and Fields' editors. Correspondents include Louis Agassiz, Lydia Maria Francis Child, George William Curtis, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, among other nineteenth-century literary figures. Some letters include cartes-de-visite of the correspondent. There is a small amount of correspondence among Ticknor and Fields' authors as well as letters from Annie Fields. Compositions include autograph manuscript poems by Annie Fields, print and autograph manuscript poems by James Thomas Fields, and a partial autograph manuscript of George Stillman Hillard's Six months in Italy, among other items. Finally, there are royalty checks to various Ticknor and Fields' authors, visiting cards of James Thomas Fields, and a cabinet photograph of an unidentified man.

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