Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Fairchild, Elizabeth Nelson, 1845-1924
Title
Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild papers
ID
M056
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1870-1885
Date [inclusive]
1865-1907 (bulk 1870-1885)
Extent
0.25 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Materials relating to the Fairchild family during the period 1870-1885, the bulk concerning Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild's writings.

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical 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.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Collection Inventory

Box Folder
1 1

Binding (ornate) made by Elizabeth "Lily" Nelson 

1 2

Binding (ornate), separated writings 

1 3

Biographical information: Charles and Elizabeth Nelson 

1 4

Biographical information: Genealogy 

1 5

Correspondence, Robert Louis Stevenson (ALS) 

1 6

Correspondence (copies) 

1 7

Diary: Lucia Fairchild's (copy) 

1 8

Diary: Lucia Fairchild's visit to Louvre with John S. Sargent (copy) 

1 9

Diary: Lucia Fairchild's Diary visit to Louvre with John S. Sargent (typescript) 

1 10

Impressions of Japan, Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild 

1 11

Newspaper Clippings 

1 12

Miscellaneous: Photograph (back of) Elizabeth "Lily" Nelson Fairchild 

1 13

Miscellaneous: Photographs including Robert Louis Stevenson (signed) 

1 13

Miscellaneous: Poem by Elizabeth "Lily" Nelson in "The Radical," Oct. 1868 

1 14

Miscellaneous: Poems (published) by Elizabeth "Lily" Nelson Fairchild, aka C.A. Price