Rachel Lyman Field Collection, 1925-1971

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Volume: .5 linear feet

Organization/Arrangement: Organized as a single series.

Biographical Note: Rachel Field was born on September 19, 1894 in New York City, raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and was educated at Radcliffe College. At Radcliffe, she was involved with the 47 Workshop, and wrote a book of plays entitled Plays of the 47 Workshop (1918). She spent much time in the Cranberry Isles of Maine, and enjoyed stays at her mother’s cottage on Sutton Island called Bunchberry Bungalow. The locale inspired her to write many poems and novels, including Hitty: Her First Hundred Years (1929), which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win a Newbery Medal.

In 1935 she married literary agent Arthur S. Pederson, with whom she collaborated on To See Ourselves (1937). The couple also had a daughter, Hannah. Although she was a prolific writer of children’s books, Field also published several successful adult novels, including the bestsellers Time Out of Mind (1935), All This and Heaven Too (1938), and And Now Tomorrow (1942). All This and Heaven Too was made into an Academy Award nominated film in 1940, directed by Anatole Litvak and starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer. Field established a friendship with fellow Maine woman writer Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth, and the two corresponded regularly. She died at age 47 on March 15, 1942.

Description: Among the manuscript material in this collection is correspondence from Rachel Field to Elizabeth Coatsworth and Rosemond Lamb and letters from a Cranberry Island legend, Samuel Clark Sanford, to Rosemond Lamb. There are two photo Christmas cards, magazine and newspaper reviews of her books, her obituary, and notes revealing her husband's welfare after her death in 1942.

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Rachel Lyman Field Collection, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:
001.  Correspondence--Samuel Clark Sanford to Rosemond Lamb
002.  Correspondence--Rachel Field to Elizabeth Coatsworth
003.  Correspondence--Rachel Field to Greta Kerr
004.  Correspondence--Rachel Field to Rosamond Lamb
005.  Correspondence--Rachel Field to Rosamond Lamb
006.  Correspondence--Rachel Field to Elizabeth Ring
007.  Notes by Rosamond Lamb on 1959 visit with Arthur Pederson
008.  Photographs--Picture Christmas cards
009.  Interviews, Reviews
010.  Interviews, Reviews re: God's Pocket
011.  Interviews, Reviews re: And Now Tomorrow
012.  Transcript by [Rosemond Lamb] Samuel Clark Sanford
013.  3 Letters to Mr. and Mrs. Stone, 1929, and clippings regarding Hitty
014.  Poem typescript "No Cloudy Coach" undated
015.  Photographs -- family portraits, 1954, undated
016.  Correspondence -- Rachel Field to Laura Carpenter, 1939-1940
017.  Correspondence -- Rachel Field to Mabel Simonds Carpenter, 1939-1940