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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2100

Ticknor and Fields records


Primarily correspondence of James Thomas Fields and other editors at Ticknor and Fields, a nineteenth-century Boston, Massachusetts, publishing house.


  • 1839-1881

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


0.5 linear feet (1 boxes)
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.

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:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. A. Letters from James Thomas Fields
  3. B. Letters to James Thomas Fields
  4. C. Other Ticknor and Fields correspondence
  5. D. Other correspondence
  6. II. Compositions
  7. III. Other papers

Physical Location


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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Link to catalog
Ticknor and Fields. Ticknor and Fields records, 1839-1881: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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