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COLLECTION Identifier: A-4: M-114

Autobiography of Mildred Aldrich, 1926


Transcript of Midred Aldrich's autobiography, Confessions Of A Breadwinner.


  • Creation: 1926


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)

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


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.

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.

Related Material

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Essay of Mildred Aldrich, 1926 (A/A36).

This essay 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.

Container List

Box 1: Volumes 1-3

Box 2: Volume 4

Processing Information

Reprocessed: December 1986

By: Susan J. von Salis

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