Eugene Field Library
About the Eugene Field Library
The Eugene Field Library is home to the Gleich Collection, the largest privately-owned collection of Eugene Field’s works. Within it are various volumes of literature written by the beloved Children’s Poet, ranging from first editions to personal manuscripts. The books on display include those published during Eugene’s life, some signed by the author, and many published by his estate. Of note, is the previously unpublished manuscript, Lena and the Old Witch, published in a limited run by the Eugene Field House Foundation in 2000. The library can be utilized for research purpose through appointment only.
Take a bite out of Eugene’s writings when you explore the most mouth-watering and unique poems on everything food. Eugene Field loved food and often wrote about some of his favorites. Many of these poems are featured in Field’s Famous Foods alongside modern recipes. From apple pie and cheese to onion tarts, enjoy comparing famous foods of the past with popular dishes of today.
Future Library Exhibits
Binding the Written Works
February 2020- July 2020
Learn the fascinating process of book binding used to assemble many of the books from the extensive collection on display.
The Tales of Eugene Field
August 2020- January 2021
Explore Eugene Field’s short stories in this charming library exhibit that highlights his childlike imagination.
Enjoy many great speakers, author talks, and workshops throughout 2019 at the Field House Museum! From 1800s society in St. Louis to Eugene’s poetry and Roswell’s work on the Dred Scott case, our Speaker Series will explore many topics. These events are free for members and may have a small fee for general admission.
2019 Speaker Events
Suzanne Corbett: St. Louis Repast: Plates With a Past – August 17, 2019, 2:00 pm
John Guenther: Architecture in Context – September 28, 2019, 1:00 pm