Papers of author, literary hostess, and social welfare worker Annie Fields. Papers include a diary in 61 volumes and European travel journals for 1859 and 1869 containing accounts of her meetings with Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson and William M. Thackeray. Boston diaries contain descriptions of New England literary figures--A. Bronson Alcott, Ralph W. Emerson, Oliver W. Holmes, Henry James, Henry W. Longfellow, William H. Prescott and John G. Whittier. Also mentioned are Charlotte Cushman, Sarah Orne Jewett and Lucy Larcom. In addition there are 75 letters, mostly written by Mrs. Fields during her European trips, and an 1847 diary of James T. Fields (1817-1881).
Includes wills, estate inventories, accounts of distributions and other legal papers. Also includes contracts with Houghton Mifflin and other publishers for books by Annie Fields as well as royalty statements from Houghton Mifflin and Small, Maynard & Company. There are also some documents pertaining to Sarah Orne Jewett, including the contract for her books, The Mate of the Daylight and Friends Ashore.
Letters concern organization of Boston Tea Party centennial celebrations in Philadelphia and Boston; the bulk of the letters are from the chair of the Women's Centennial Executive Committee for the Philadelphia International Exhibition, Mrs. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, and give an idea of the networks which existed between educated, community-minded women in the pre-suffrage era.
 1896, July 20, Manchester, N.H., to Cyrenus Osborne Ward [1 l.].--Thanks him for his kind editorial. "Miss Jewett would send you her kind regards with mine but she is away just now."  1896, November 18, Boston, to F. W. Day [1 l. with envelope].--Thanks him for a gift of alder berries and sends a book.