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Inventory of the James Thomas Fields Addenda, 1838-1901
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Thomas Fields Addenda,
    Date (inclusive): 1838-1901
    Creator: Fields, James Thomas

    Fields, Annie Adams
    Extent: Approximately 500 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Acquired in 1934 from Boylston A. Beal, through M. A. DeWolfe Howe. The Anniversary Poem, Box 7 (1), also obtained from Mr. Beal, was received in 1936.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Thomas Fields Addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Scope and Content

    This collection of papers of Annie (Adams) Fields (1834-1915) and James Thomas Fields (1817-1881) consists of notebooks and loose papers containing their poetry, essays, notes for speeches, a few scattered diary entries, and memoranda. Also included are letters to and from the Fieldses, as well as a group of letters from James Fields to Annie. Complementing the fully-catalogued Fields Collection, these personal papers of James and Annie Fields comprising the Addenda contain anecdotes and references to some of the literary figures represented in the main body of the Fields Collection.

    Physical description

    Much of the collection consists of notebooks and composition books containing assorted verses, notes, anecdotes, essays and clippings, with many loose leaves inserted between the pages. Most of James Fields's manuscripts represented here are loose pages of notes, many intended for use in his lectures, and which are unnumbered and in random order. They seem to be notes and anecdotes which he could rearrange at will for a particular purpose.
    With the exception of one facsimile John Greenleaf Whittier letter, the papers are all original autographs. The general physical condition of the papers is good.