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MS Am 2016

Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881, collector. James Thomas Fields collection of autographs and portraits of distinguished women, 1814-1907: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2016
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881, collector.
Title: James Thomas Fields collection of autographs and portraits of distinguished women,
Date(s): 1814-1907.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters and portraits collected by the American publisher James Thomas Fields.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Bequest of Annie Adams Fields; received: 1915 Dec. 4.
Recataloged from X5.1F*; then from MS Am 2001. Some item folders were missing at time of encoding this finding aid in December of 2004. These numbers are: (22), (50), (52), (70), (76), (80), (83), (87).

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Thomas Fields Collection of Autographs and Portraits of Distinguished Women, 1814-1907 (MS Am 2016). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Fields was a Boston publisher, editor, and author. He was head of the publishing firm of Ticknor and Fields and editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1861-1870).

Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters to James T. Fields, his wife Annie Adams Fields, and Ticknor and Fields from American and European authors, actresses, and aristocrats, including Empress Joséphine, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Hester Piozzi, among others. Many letters also include portrait engravings and manuscript poems.

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