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Aldrich, Mildred, 1853-1928. Autobiography of Mildred Aldrich, 1926: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-4; M-114
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Aldrich, Mildred, 1853-1928
Title: Autobiography of Mildred Aldrich, 1926
Date(s): 1926
Quantity: 4 Volumes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Transcript of Midred Aldrich's autobiography, Confessions Of A Breadwinner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 56-155
This autobiography of Mildred Aldrich was given to the Schlesinger Library by Theodore Johnson in October 1956.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: December 1986
By: Susan J. von Salis

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images or microfilm (M-114).

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mildred Aldrich may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Mildred Aldrich Autobiography; item description, dates. A-4, volume #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material

The Schlesinger Library also has Aldrich's "The Burial of a Fallen Poet " (call number A/A36). This is an edited version of Chapter V of Part Third of Confessions Of A Breadwinner (Volume Three, pages 190-213), incorporating changes made by hand in the volume. The "fallen poet" is Oscar Wilde.


Mildred Aldrich, journalist, author and editor, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Edwin and Lucy Ayers (Baker) Aldrich. She was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduation from Everett [High] School (1872), she taught elementary school in Boston for a brief period. She began her career as a journalist with the Boston Home Journal, and later worked for the Boston Journal and the Boston Herald. In January 1892 she founded The Mahogany Tree, which she edited until December 1892, when the magazine folded. Published weekly, The Mahogany Tree contained editorials, fiction, poetry, and drama and book reviews.
In 1898 Aldrich traveled to Paris, and subsequently settled there. While living in Paris, she became a close friend of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and was a member of their social circle. She worked as a foreign correspondent, translated plays from French into English, and negotiated the rights to the works of French playwrights for production in the United States. In 1914 she retired to "Hilltop" ("La Creste"), her cottage in Huiry, a village on the outskirts of Paris. While at "La Creste" she published four collections of her letters: Hilltop On the Marne (1915), On the Edge of the War Zone (1917), Peak of the Load (1918), and When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1919). She also published a novel, Told In A French Garden (1916). In her later years she was supported largely by a fund that had been established for her by Stein and Toklas in 1924. Aldrich died at "La Creste" on February 19, 1928.


The collection consists of four bound volumes containing Aldrich's transcript autobiography, entitled Confessions Of A Breadwinner, which she completed in 1926.

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Additional Index Terms

Autobiography--Women authors
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
France--Social life and customs--19th century
France--Social life and customs--20th century
United States--Social life and customs--1865-1918
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900