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Eugene Field Manuscript Collection

Biographical Notes: Eugene Field (1850-1895) attended Knox College 1869-1871 and while he did not graduate, he received an honorary degree from Knox in 1893. Field worked in the St. Louis, Chicago and Denver as a newspaper reporter, editor, and columnist. He was a humorist and a bibliophile, however, he was best known as a children's poet. He and his wife, Julia Comstock, to whom he gave credit for management of the family and its finances, had eight children. Field's columns and poems were collected and published, many in the years after his death. Among his most familiar poems are "Wynken, Blinken and Nod," and "Little Boy Blue."

Scope Notes: The collection is composed of photos, prints, poems and correspondence, including autograph letters from Field to professors and friends at Knox College. The collection contains letters about newspaper work and book publishing, as well as correspondence from others about Field. Also included are documents, mementos, news clippings, articles and poems. Listings of Field's work, auction catalogs of sales of his work. Attached to this inventory are separate listings of correspondence by Field and also references to Field in Knox College publications.

Collection range: 1849, 1870- 1950
Collection size: 17.5 plus oversize
Donor: Edward Caldwell, Knox Class of 1885; Trustee; Honorary degree