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Field, Kate, 1838-1896

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1838 - 1896

Biographical History

Kate Field (1838-1896) was an American journalist, lecturer, actress, and opponent of polygamy and Mormonism.

Kate Field was born October 1, 1838 in St. Louis, Missouri to Joseph Field and Eliza Riddle. She wrote columns for the Boston Courier and Boston Evening Transcript. She gained a reputation with her three-part writing of "The Last Days of Walter Savage Landor" in the Atlantic Monthly. In 1868 Field helped found the first professional women's club. In November 1874, she opened on Broadway as Peg Woffington in a revival of Masks and Faces. Although she had to give up acting due to her health, she began working as a critic for the New York Tribune. Field lived a year in Salt Lake City studying Mormonism. Kate Field passed away May 16, 1986 on a steamer between Kawaihae and Honolulu in Hawaii.

Citation:
UBP Files- Kate Field was born October 1, 1838 in St. Louis, Missouri to Joseph Field and Eliza Riddle. She wrote columns for the Boston Courier and Boston Evening Transcript. She gained a reputation with her three-part writing of "The Last Days of Walter Savage Landor" in the Atlantic Monthly. In 1868 Field helped found the first professional women's club. In November 1874, she opened on Broadway as Peg Woffington in a revival of Masks and Faces. Although she had to give up acting due to her health, she began working as a critic for the New York Tribune. Field lived a year in Salt Lake City studying Mormonism. Kate Field passed away May 16, 1986 on a steamer between Kawaihae and Honolulu in Hawaii.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Kate Field autographed note

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9128
Scope and contents

Contains a signed note by Kate Field an American journalist who was against Mormonism and polygamy. The note contains the quote, "Mormonism is organized treason." It is unclear where or how this note was produced. Dated January 11, 1886.

Dates: 1886 January 11

Kate Field letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 290
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated April 21 of an unspecified year, and addressed to J. H. Holmes. Field writes about Mormon polygamy and about various anti-Mormon activities. Also included is a card stating that "Mormonism is organized Treason" which was signed by Field.

Dates: approximately 1885

Kate Field letters

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 590
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of handwritten letters addressed to Laurence Hutten. Field congratulates Hutton on getting married and writes about her anti-Mormon publications and research.

Dates: 1883-1887

Kate Field papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 709
Scope and Contents

News clippings, donation certificate, and correspondence between John E. Burton, H.B. Tedrow, and Kate Field concerning the restoration of John Brown's Fort at Harper's Ferry, Virginia.

Dates: 1895

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Letters 3
Correspondence 2
Material Types 2
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 1
Authors, American -- Correspondence 1