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Field, Marshall, 1834-1906

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role Collector Patron
dates 1834-1906
city Chicago
other citiesConway, MA; Pittsfield, MA;
gender M
historical notes Chicago art patron and collector, Marshall Field, was a real estate developer and the founder of Marshall Field and Company.

Field was a founder of the Art Institute, donated the land on which the first buildings of the University of Chicago were erected, and contributed $1 million for the museum at the World's Columbian Exposition. This museum became Field's chief interest; in addition to gifts during his lifetime his $8-million bequest built the Field (later Chicago) Museum of Natural History.

Field married Nannie Douglas Scott in 1863 and raised two children, Marshall Field, Jr., and Ethel Field. After Scott died in 1896, Field married longtime friend Delia Spencer, widow Caton, who shared his interests in art.
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Chicago History Museum Marshall Field family papers [manuscript], 1875-1985. see details...
Chicago History Museum [Scrapbook of clippings relating to the Field family]. see details...
Chicago History Museum Marshall Field family photographs [graphic]. see details...
Chicago History Museum Marshall Field obituary notices, a scrapbook. see details...
The Newberry Library Field Enterprises records, bulk 1950-1975. see details...

see also:
Field, Marshall, 1893-1956
Field, Delia Caton, 1854-1937