Scope and arrangement
The Fanny Fields papers date from 1891 to 1961 (bulk dates: 1900-1913) and document Fields's performance career in the United States and Britain as well as her continuing popularity after her retirement. The bulk of the collection consists of scrapbooks, photographs, and writings. Letters from Fields's fans; journals and datebooks listing her work schedules; and contracts for her performances are also included.
Four scrapbooks contain clippings, photographs, programs, promotional materials, and a small number of letters and telegrams from family and well-wishers. These volumes are primarily comprised of clippings documenting Fields's career in Britain in the first decade of the 20th century. The clippings include reviews of performances, promotional pieces, interviews, and celebrity news items. Her retirement from the stage in 1913 is also well-documented. The scrapbooks feature publicity photos and illustrations of Fields, mostly in her Dutch costume.
Loose photographs complement those found in the scrapbooks, with professional portraits and production shots as well as autographed portraits of Fields's contemporaries.
Writings include jokes, monologues, songs, toasts, and bits composed by Fields and others that were used in her stage acts.
Additionally, the collection contains loose programs from performances featuring Fields and posters advertising specific performances, such as Aladdin, and the Dutch character generally.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by document type.