Sarah Moore Field Collection, 1868-1985 (bulk:1900-1904)

Sarah Moore Field Collection, 1868-1985 (bulk: 1900-1904)

Collection Summary

Creator: Sarah Moore Field, 1868-1985

Extent: 5 manuscript boxes, 2 oversized containers; 4 cubic feet

NOTE: This collection has been digitized and is accessible online here (except materials in Box 5, which were acquired later): Sarah Moore Field collection

Preferred Citation: Folder Title, Box #, Sarah Moore Field Collection Papers. Phillips Academy Archives and Special Collections.

About this Finding Aid: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard(DACS).

Processed by: Collection finding aid prepared and processed by Laura Carter, March 2016, except materials in Box 5, which were acquired from the estate of Sarah Moore Field and accessioned in summer 2017. Funding for processing was generously provided by the Abbot Academy Association in 2016-2017.

This collection primarily documents the school life of Sarah “Sallie” M. Field, who attended Abbot Academy from 1900 to 1904. Field, a native of North Andover, spent many years dedicated to Abbot Academy and later, Phillips Academy, through constant involvement and annual financial contributions. With an affinity for history, Field wished to make her old family house into a museum but was unable to realize this dream. After her death in 1985 at the age of 103, her estate was distributed, and material related to Abbot Academy was donated to Phillips Academy in 1998. While the collection spans more than 100 years (1868-1985), the majority of the collection focuses on the Field’s academic work and social life as a student at Abbot Academy. This collection also includes physical objects, photographs, correspondence and ephemera. With the exception of some physical objects, this collection was scanned in its entirety as a part of the Abbot Academy Archives Project through grant funding provided by the Abbot Academy Association. Ingestion to Digital Commonwealth and Digital Public Library of America forthcoming.
Subject Headings:

  • Abbot Academy
  • Abbot Female Academy
  • Andover (Mass)
  •  Education,Secondary
  • High Schools–Alumni and Alumnae–Massachusetts
  •  Women–Education
  • Women–Education–History
  • Women–History
  • Same-sex Schools

Scope and Content
The Sarah Moore Field Collection documents Sarah Field’s experience as a student while attending Abbot Academy, 1900-1904. Much of the collection is Field’s student work, ranging from composition note books to written essays. There is also a range of photographs (mostly portraits of Field’s classmates) and other items of memorabilia in this collection. Sarah Field was a very active alumna and maintained consistent involvement with Abbot Academy, and later Phillips Academy, through events and financial contributions. There is some material documenting her involvement with both schools through correspondence and invitations throughout the years. Researchers can also find various ephemera such as dance cards and invitations to alumna events. Some dance cards still have their original pencils attached. Papers in this collection are mainly in chronological order.

This collection is part of the Abbot Archives Project digital initiative and was scanned through grant funding given by the Abbot Academy Association. The scanned material will be available on Digital Commonwealth and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). A separate Omeka site is being established to share exhibits about Sarah Field and her life at Abbot; other exhibits about Abbot Academy can also be found here.

Items that have been removed from the collection include: two pins that are now housed on display in the McLean Gallery at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, and an Abbot Academy pennant.

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Copyright restrictions may apply. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Archivist.

Languages and Scripts
The majority of the material is in English. Some coursework is in French and German, pertaining to those specific classes.

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling

The following items have been removed from the collection:

  •  Two pins that are now housed on display in the McLean Gallery at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library
  • An Abbot Academy pennant

Related Materials:

Material related to the Sarah Moore Field Collection can be found at several institutions in and around the Boston area. North Andover Historical Society houses much of the Field Family papers and furniture. Play bills and theatre programs, 1881-1963, from Sarah Field can be found at Emerson College.

Folder List:

8Invitations to meet Phillips Academy senior class1903-1904

Box Folder Title Dates
1 Essays 1900-1901
1 English III Notebook 1901
1 English Literature Notebook 1902-1903
1 Essays 1902
1 Senior Literature Notebooks 1903-1904
1 Essays (3 folders) 1903-1904
1 Notes and Examinations No Date
1 Elocution No Date
2 Bible Topics Notebook 1900-1902
2 History IV Notebooks 1903-1904
2 Chemistry Notebook (2 folders) No Date
2 French I Notebook No Date
2 Geometry Notebook No Date
2 German I and German II Notebooks No Date
2 Zoology and Botany Notes No Date
2 Zoology Notes and Sketches No Date
3 Grade Reports 1900-1904
3 Plant Studies: Coulter 1902
3 Plants: Notes and Sketches 1903
3 History: Ancient Roman No Date
3 Historical Maps Notebook No Date
3 Topical Analysis of American History No Date
3 Invitations and Events at Phillips Academy 1878; 1901-1904
3 Dance Cards and Sports Cards 1900-1903
3 Abbot Academy Events 1899-1909
3 Receipts for Supplies 1901-1904
3 Commencement 1904
3 Abbot Academy Events 1912-1929
3 Handmade Calendar No Date
4 Abbot Academy Club and Boston Academy Club 1903-1968
4 Phillips Academy: Events and Invitations 1906-1978
4 Abbot Academy Fund Raising 1910-1979
4 Correspondence 1912; 1985
4 Abbot Academy Correspondence 1923-1973
4 Class of 1904 Reunion Materials and Correspondence 1929-1937
6 Sarah Moore Field Photographs 1868-1934
7 Sarah Moore Field Diploma June 21, 1904
5 Elizabeth Schneider to Sarah Moore Field: Correspondence 1903-1972
5 Abbot Academy concerts and recitals: programs June 21, 1904
5 Letter (on birch bark) to Sarah Moore Field 1903
5 Handwritten essay for Ethics class; excuse note 1903, 1904
5 Receipts for tuition and board at Abbot Academy for Katherine C. Field 1873
5 Information for Abbot Academy Alumnae Register 1951
5 Notes from Elocution class 1904
5 Lady of Shalott by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps written by SMF 1899-1904
5 Invitations to commencement, McKeen Hall dedication, graduation at South Church 1904
5 Receipts for tuition and lunches at Abbot Academy 1899-1904
5 Information for Abbot Academy Alumnae Register 1951
5 Abbot Academy reunions: correspondence 19201-980
5 Abbot Academy ephemera 1900-1904
5 Invitations to gymnasium dedication, installation of Donald Gordon as principal 1956, 1968
5 Christmnas cards from Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy 1965-1969
5 Wedding invitation of Mary Field Eddy 1905