Eugene Field papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1884–1892, 1920–1923
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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

2 volumes and 1 folder consisting of the miscellaneous papers of Eugene Field and his estate, including handwritten copies of his poetry. Includes 2 autograph books, owned and signed by Field, containing signatures of noted Chicagoans, a few artists' sketches, and some clippings about Field. One book bears the inscription "The Fellowship Club. February 4, 1892," and the other book is inscribed: "J.W. Ellsworth's Smoke-Talk. Union League Club. September 3d, 1892." Also includes papers of Field, collected and generated by Oliver Barrett, attorney for the Field family, 1920–23 (26 items), and letters received by Field from newspapermen and admirers, 1884–1892 (9 items).

Biographical Historical Note

Eugene Field, Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. Field settled in Chicago in 1883 and remained there for the rest of his life.