Inventory of the James Thomas Fields Addenda, 1838-1901

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Inventory of the James Thomas Fields Addenda, 1838-1901

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San Marino, California

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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.


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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.


Box Box 1

Annie Fields Manuscripts - Poetry


1. Notebook of Poetry 1857-1864. 47 poems


2. Notebook of Poetry 1864-1873. 139 poems


3. Notebook of Poetry 1870-1880. 80 poems

Box Box 2

1. Canticles of Married Love 1865-1868. 4 vols.


2. Composition Book containing poems 1871-1877. 7 poems


3. Composition Book containing poems 1873-1879. 10 poems


4. Composition Book containing poems 1878. 2 poems


5. Composition Book labelled "Poems - 1877". 10 poems


6. Two Composition Books, containing poems, labelled Manchester - 1878. 33 poems


7. Composition Book containing poems, labelled Manchester - 1879 12 poems


8. Four Composition Books, containing poems, labelled Manchester - 188024 poems


9. Poems (unbound)80 poems & 32 misc. verses

Box Box 3

Annie Fields Manuscripts - Prose


1. Biographical sketch of Marie Thérèse (de Solms) Blanc 28 p.

Scope and Content Note

(also, typewritten copy - 18 p.)

2. Biographical sketch of Oliver Wendell Holmes a 20 p.


3. Biographical sketch of Percy Bysshe Shelley 7 p.


4. Charles Reade and his Letters 69 p.


5. Days with Mrs. Stowe [a chapter of Authors and Friends] -73 p.


6. From The Stones of Venice 2 p.


7. A Gentleman of Fire 8 p.


8. George Eliot. 18 p.


9. Illustrations from Life. 31 p.


10. Journal containing anecdotes about Oliver Wendell Holmes a. 83 p.


11. Life of St. Catherine. 37 p.


12. Longfellow: biographical sketch. 4 p.


13. Memoir of General Armstrong. 10 p.


14. Memoir of Robert Collyer. 7 p.


15. Memoirs of a Physician: [book review]. 25 p.


15. (also, corrected typescript). 11 p.

Box Box 4

Annie Fields Manuscripts - Prose; Notes for Speeches; & Misc. notes


1. Saint Teresa. 53 p.


2. Saint Teresa (supplementary unused papers). 35 p.


3. A Second Shelf of Old Books: Edinburgh. 103 p.


4. The Walk. 5 p.


5. Speech re life of Christ. 31 p.


6. Speech in tribute to Julia (Ward) Howe. 6 p.


7. Speech on patriotism to be delivered on Washington's birthday. 24 p.


8. Miscellaneous manuscripts. 15 p.


9. Notation concerning number of Hawthorne letters on hand. 1 p.

Box Box 5

Annie Fields Manuscripts - Notes for speeches re charity


1. Notebook containing drafts of speeches re charity work


2. One speech


3. Seven speeches


4. Four speeches


5. Six speeches


6. Miscellaneous notes re charity

Box Box 6

Annie Fields Manuscripts - Scrapbooks and Address Books


1. Fragrant Memories: scrapbook of some diary entries and many pressed flowers, with notes laid in


2. Address Book, with notes, cards, etc.


3. Notebook of memoranda and addresses

Box Box 7

James Fields Manuscripts - Volumes of Poetry


1. Anniversary Poem, delivered before the Mercantile Library Association, 1838: printed copy, also containing 15 ms. poems by Fields, and clippings.


2. Volume of Poems, Cambridge, cut and corrected, with ms. notes, and clippings.


3. Dummy volume for his Poems, with ms. dedication, table of contents; and 2 ms. poems tipped in.

Box Box 8

James Fields Manuscripts - Poetry (cont.) and Prose


1. A Handful of Merry Ballads: ms. title page, table of contents, and list of possible mottoes for fly-leaf. 3 p.


2. A New and True Ghost Story: rhymed narrative


3. Poems (unbound). 66 poems & 10 fragments


4. Miscellaneous verses. 2 p.




5. Cheerful Companions: ms. title page and table of contents, with printed copies of several essays attached to ms. pages 9 p.


6. Entry Photographs: corrected proofs. 10 p.


7. An Epistle to Leigh Hunt in Elysium. 45 p.


8. Hints for Talks with Young Scholars. 58 p.


9. Memorandum concerning American Men and Women of Letters. 8 p.


10. Miscellaneous manuscripts and proofs re English Literature 39 p.


11. Notes on American Literature. 21 p.


12. Notes on Burns. 50 p.


13. Notes on Byron. 54 p.


14. Notes on Campbell. 10 p.

Box Box 9

1. Notes on Cheerfulness. 115 p.


2. Notes on De Quincey. 88 p.


3. Notes on Dickens. 21 p.


4. Notes on Thomas Gray. 29 p.


5. Notes on Adelaide Kemble. 10 p.


6. Notes on Literature. 40 p.


7. Notes for Lecture on Longfellow. 80 p.


8. Notes on Milton. 17 p.


9. Notes on Shelley. 68 p.


10. Notes on John Wilson. 29 p.


11. Miscellaneous manuscripts. 58 p.

Box Box 10

James Fields Manuscripts - Memorandum & Account Books


1. Ms. notebook, with loose notes and clippings laid in, c. 1860-1875


2. Memorandum and Account Book, with some loose sheets, c. 1863-1881


3. Portfolio of miscellaneous notes, consisting largely of quotations

Box Box 11

Annie & James Fields - Scrapbooks


1. Scrapbook of clippings


2. Scrapbook containing quotations, notes, and clippings

Box Box 12

Correspondence; and manuscripts by others


1. Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. To A. F.: [a poem]. 1866, Nov. 15


2. Bibbey, Mary. To Annie (Adams) Fields. 1894, Jan. 24


3. Cobb, Mary L. To Annie (Adams) Fields. 1893, Dec. 24


4. Crosland, Mrs. N. To James Thomas Fields.


5. Fields, Annie (Adams). To Laura (Winthrop) Johnson. 1864-1884.130 letters, 3 fragments, & 1 poem


6. Fields, Annie (Adams). To Bayard Taylor. 1871, July 3


7. Fields, James Thomas. To Annie (Adams) Fields. 58 letters. c. 1854-1875


8. Howard, Susan T. To Annie (Adams) Fields: extract from letter by Harriet Beecher Stowe concerning her mother's health. 1890, c.Jan.


9. Piatt, Julia C. G. To James Thomas Fields. 1880, Mar. 31


10. Scudder, Horace Elisha. To Henry Oscar Houghton. 1881, Feb. 2


11. Thaxter, Celia (Laighton). To Annie (Adams) Fields. 4 letters. 1880


12. Ward, Elizabeth Stuart (Phelps). To Annie (Adams) Fields. 3 letters. [>1881]-1882


13. Washington, Booker Taliaferro. To Annie (Adams) Fields. 1901 (Also: 6 letters from others re Tuskegee Institute)


14. Whittier, John Greenleaf. To Annie (Adams) Fields. 1883, Nov. 30


15. Whittier, John Greenleaf. To Dear Friend. 1886, June (phot.copy)


16. Women's Centennial Executive Committee. Massachusetts. Daily Journal. 1876


17. Howells, William Dean. To Annie (Adams) Fields. 1866, Feb. 8

Box Box 13

Clippings, Printed Material, & Photographs


1. Clippings re Annie Fields's book, Authors and Friends


2. Facsimiles of signatures, mostly of French writers


3. Clark, Charles Cowden-. Printed poems: Carmina Minima, containing ms. inscription to James Thomas Fields


4. Clark, Mary Victoria (Novello) Cowden-. 3 volumes of printed poems, one of which contains a ms. inscription to Sarah Orne Jewett.


5. Miscellaneous manuscripts, envelopes, pressed flowers, etc. 17 pieces


6. Printed material and clippings. 39 pieces


7. Photographs - 1 of Harriet Elizabeth (Beecher) Stowe, and 2 of an unidentified man