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Field family collection

Call Number: MS 630

Scope and Contents

The materials in the collection relate to the Field family of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. There are several scattered items of correspondence (folders 13, 22, 32), a small amount of memorabilia such as cards and invitations, and thirty photographs of family members and the Field house (folders 6, 12, 14, 20, 26). However, the bulk of the the collection consists of newspaper clippings and other printed matter about family members, in particular Cyrus W. Field, David Dudley Field, Emilia Ann (Field) Brewer, Rachel Lyman Field, Stephen Dudley Field and Stephen J. Field. The papers are arranged by family members. These papers were originally part of the David Josiah Brewer Papers, Manuscript Group Number 99.


  • 1804-1992
  • Majority of material found within 1804 - 1962


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were removed from the Brewer Family Papers, MS99; and were the gift of Diane Druin Gravlee, 1992.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection consists of clippings, printed and near-print materials, photographs and other papers concerning the Field family of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Family members figuring prominently in this collection include Cyrus West Field (1819-1892) and David Dudley Field (1805-1894).

Biographical / Historical

David Dudley Field (1805-1894): lawyer, law reformer; argued in the Milligan case (1867) concerning the jurisdiction of military courts as specified in the constituion; also faced controversy during the Erie Railroad litigation of 1869; most famous for his codification of the laws of New York state; also published Draft Outline of an International Code (1872), which was translated into Italian and French. Cyrus West Field (1819-1892): merchant, capitalist, promotor of the first Atlantic telegraph cable in 1866.

Guide to the Field Family Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
September 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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