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Guide to the William John Fielding Papers TAM.069

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on September 15, 2014 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Rachel Schimke for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description and to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials. Addendum was added by Giana Ricci in 2014.  , 2/22/2013, 9/12/2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator - Donor: Fielding, William John, 1886-1974
Title: William John Fielding Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1911-1986
Abstract: 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 the 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.
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet in 4 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, and 1 folder
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Language of Materials note: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.069