William B. Osgood Field papers

Collection Data

Description
William Bradhurst Osgood Field and his family were prominent members of New York City and Lenox, Massachusetts society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Field was an avid book collector, gentleman farmer, and philanthropist who sat on the boards of many organizations, both commercial and charitable, and was a member of over twenty clubs and societies. The collection consists of family, personal, and office correspondence; financial documents; diaries; genealogical records; educational materials; photographs; and ephemera documenting the family's commercial, philanthropic, and social activities from 1897 to 1934.
Names
Field, William B. Osgood (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1610 - 1952
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 6090
Topics
Field, William B. Osgood
Collectors and collecting -- United States
Hunting and fishing clubs -- North America
World War, 1914-1918 -- Photography
Genres
Correspondence
Photographs
Maps
Notes
Biographical/historical: William Bradhurst Osgood Field and his family were prominent members of New York City and Lenox, Massachusetts society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Field was an avid book collector, gentleman farmer, and philanthropist who sat on the boards of many organizations, both commercial and charitable, and was a member of over twenty clubs and societies. He and his family divided the year between the family's three homes: 645 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, High Lawn in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Westfield in Mohegan Lake, N.Y. His mother, Augusta Currie Bradhurst Field, and his sister, Mary Pearsall Field, were society women who traveled throughout Europe and entertained at their homes in New York City and Mohegan Lake. Mary maintained an extensive correspondence with friends and family. Lila Vanderbilt Sloane Field, his wife, was a great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Like her husband, Lila was involved in a number of charitable organizations and was an accomplished sportswoman. William and Lila were the parents of four children. Their older son, William Osgood Field, became a noted glaciologist. Frederick Vanderbilt Field, their younger son, became a member of the Communist movement and the author of a number of books about Asia's economy in the 1930s. Marjorie Lila and Mary Augusta were their two daughters. Marjorie and her husband H. George Wilde took over the High Lawn estate and turned it into one of the region's top dairy farms. William's paternal uncle, Osgood Field, was a prominent member of London and Rome society in the second half of the 19th century. He conducted the family's business in London and undertook extensive research into the history of the Field family. He published his results as The Fields of Sowerby near Halifax, England, and of Flushing, New York in 1895.
Content: Some materials are in German, French and Italian.
Physical Description
Extent: 112 linear feet (274 boxes, 1 map case folder)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: NYPG06-A166
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16452072
MSS Unit ID: 6090
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7868e980-c6cb-012f-8b2d-58d385a7bc34
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