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Guide to the William John Fielding Papers
||Fielding, William John, 1886-1974
||William John Fielding Papers
||William Fielding (1886-1974) was an author, editor, and sexologist. He left school
before completing the eighth grade and worked at various manual labor jobs. In 1906,
he enrolled in bookkeeping and accounting courses, and in 1909 was hired as secretary
for the Tiffany Company, from which he retired in 1963. Fielding served as a trustee
for the Tiffany Foundation from 1946. By 1913, Fielding had articles published in
New York Call, a newspaper of the Socialist Party, and began taking classes at the Rand School
of Social Science, also a socialist institution. He became interested in social problems
and birth control and wrote a number of books and pamphlets on sexology and psychology.
The collection contains correspondence, typescripts of Fielding's autobiography,
All the Lives I Have Lived (Dorrance & Co., 1972), essays, reviews, poetry, and case histories. The case histories
consist of correspondence with readers of Fielding’s work in sexology and psychology
who wrote to him for advice on personal matters, e.g., masturbation, homosexuality,
transvestism, lesbians, birth control, impotence, frigidity, fetishes, nervous disorders
and phobias. The correspondence series concerns Fielding's work at Tiffany's; his
personal life and reflections; and his interest in and work relating to sexology,
psychology, free thought, and other social issues.
||4.5 linear feet in 4 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, and 1 folder
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||Materials are in English.