Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Dec 1993
|Dec 1996||revised (KM)|
|28 Oct 2008||converted to EAD (LDC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Field, Eugene, 1850-1895.|
|Title:||Eugene Field Papers|
|Quantity:||6 items (SC)|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American author, journalist, and editor. Two signed holograph poems and two signed holograph essays. The poem "A Song of the Christmas Wind," some lines of which also appear in the untitled manuscript in the collection, was printed on December 26, 1885 in "Sharps and Flats" (the newspaper column Field contributed to the Chicago Morning News editorial page from 1883-1895).|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Eugene Field (1850-1895) was an American author, journalist, and editor, best remembered for his children's poems such as "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod."
Eugene Field was born in September 1850 to Roswell and Frances (Reed) Field. Field's father was an attorney in St. Louis, Missouri and served as legal counsel to Dred Scott during the Dred Scott Case, 1846-1857 (Scott v. Sandford , 60 U.S. 393 (1857)). When Field was six years old, his mother died and Field and his brother, Roswell Jr. were placed in the custody of his cousin, Mary Field French in Massachusetts.
After attending several different colleges including Williams College, Knox College, and the University of Missouri, Field travelled abroad to Great Britain, France, and Italy with a friend. Upon returning from Europe, Field married Julia Sutherland Comstock on October 16, 1873, with whom he had eight children.
During this time Field began exploring editorial careers, working for several newspapers such as the St. Joseph Gazette, St. Louis' Journal, Kansas City Times, and Denver Tribune. In 1883, Field was hired at the Morning News where he would spend the rest of his career.
Field died suddenly on November 4, 1895 at his home in Buena Park, Chicago at the age of 45.
|1881||The Tribune Primer|
|1887||Culture's Garland: Being Memoranda of the Gradual Rise of Literature, Art, Music and Society in Chicago, and Other Western Ganglia|
|1889||A Little Book of Western VerseSelected Poems
|A Little Book of Profitable Tales|
|1892||With Trumpet and Drum|
|Second Book of Verse|
|1893||Echoes from the Sabine Farm|
|The Holy-Cross and Other Tales|
|1894||Love-Songs of ChildhoodSelected Poems
|1896||The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac|
|The House: An Episode in the Lives of Reuben Baker, Astronomer, and of His Wife Alice|
|Songs and Other Verse|
|Second Book of Tales|
The Eugene Field Papers comprises a single letter and five manuscripts of the American author, journalist and editor (1850-1895). Remembered chiefly for his children's poems ("Little Boy Blue," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod"), Field also wrote "Sharps and Flats," a newspaper column he contributed to the Chicago Morning News editorial page from 1883 to 1895. "A Song of the Christmas Wind," some lines of which also appear in the untitled manuscript in the collection, was printed in "Sharps and Flats" on December 26, 1885.
The collection is divided into two series: Correspondence and Writings. The latter series is arranged alphabetically by title.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Field, Eugene, 1850-1895.
Authors, American -- 19th century.
Journalists -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Eugene Field Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of George and Lena Arents, 1973.
Correspondence gift of Sol Feinstone.
"Little Willie" gift of John Mayfield.
|SC 115||20 Feb 1894 - "Dear Miss Smith"|
|SC 115||"Ambition's Fools" undated - autograph manuscript essay (5 pages)|
|SC 115||"How the Good Knight Attended Upon Sir Slason" 25 Dec 1885 - autograph poem|
|SC 115||"Little Willie" 19 Oct 1895 - autograph poem|
|SC 115||"A Song of the Christmas Wind" Dec 1885 - autograph poem (2 pages)|
|SC 115||Untitled draft ["As on my dancing way I go..."] circa 1885 - signed holograph manuscript (9 pages)|