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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2016

James Thomas Fields collection of autographs and portraits of distinguished women


Letters and portraits collected by the American publisher James Thomas Fields.


  • 1814-1907

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 linear feet (3 boxes)

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.

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).

Physical Location


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).

Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881, collector. James Thomas Fields collection of autographs and portraits of distinguished women, 1814-1907: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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