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Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild Papers, 1865-1907 (bulk 1870-1885)

0.25 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M56

Agency History / Biographical Note:
Elizabeth Nelson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1845, the only child of Albert Nelson and Elizabeth Phinney Nelson. In 1868 she married Charles Fairchild, a banker and stockbroker. Elizabeth wrote and published poetry, primarily in periodicals, both before and after her marriage; after her marriage she wrote under the pseudonym C.A. Price. The Fairchilds were friends with several notables in literary and artistic circles including William Dean Howells, John Singer Sargent, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Charles and Elizabeth Fairchild had seven children. Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild died in 1924.

Scope and Content:
Materials relating to the Fairchild family during the period 1870-1885, the bulk concerning Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild's writings. The collection includes her poetry published under the names Lily Nelson and C.A. Price and Elizabeth's writings (typescript copies) describing her impressions of Japan. In addition, there are diaries (copies) of Lucia Fairchild, Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild's daughter, that include a description of Lucia's visit to the Louvre with John Singer Sargent; newspaper clippings; photographs, including a signed photograph of Robert Louis Stephenson and accompanying letter from him; and miscellanea.

Cite as: Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Access Restrictions: No restrictions

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