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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1094.1

Henry James letters to various correspondents and other material


Letters from Henry James acquired from multiple sources. Also includes photographs and some third party letters.


  • Creation: 1861-1915


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

This is a collection of single letters and small groups of letters by Henry James, acquired at different times and from different sources. There are also 9 James-related photographs and a few third party letters including one letter about James dated 1952.

Biographical / Historical

James was an American novelist, short-story writer, critic and dramatist.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Letters from Henry James to others
  2. II. Other material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various sources at various dates, as follows:

42M-161;42M-163. Purchased from Austin Strong, 5 Quince St., Nantucket, Mass. ; received: 1942 October 15.

43M-2. Received on exchange from Michael Papantonic, 509 Madison Ave., New York City, N.Y.; received: 1943 July 8.

43M-411F;43M-412F;43M-413F;43M-414F;43M-415F;43M-416F. Purchased from the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; received: 1943 December

44M-147 Bequest of Agnes M. Storrer through Allyn B. Forbes, Esq., Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass.; received: 1944 November 10.

44M-341. Purchased from Charles Retz; received: 1945 February 27.

44M-386;44M-387. Gift (in memory of her husband Lawrence Gilman) of Elizabeth Gilman, Franconia, New Hampshire; received: 1945 June 29.

45M-57F. Purchased with funds from the Sheldon fund and a gift of Henry James, from Sir Shane Leslie, Glaslough, Co., Monaghan, Erie; received: 1945 September 25.

45M-169F. Gift of Perry G.E. Miller, Grays 18, Harvard University; received: 1946February 14.

45M-347;45M-348. Gift of Mrs. John W. Lapsley, through Henry James , Esq., 522 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1946 June 26.

45M-395. Gift of Mrs. John Lapsley, through William James, Esq., 95 Irving Street, Cambridge 38, Massachusetts; received: 1946 June 10.

46M-14F. Gift of Henry James, Esq., 522 Fifth Ave., New York, New York; received: 1946 July 15.

46M-84a. Purchased from Myers & Co. with funds from the Friends of the Library. ; received: 1946 December 12.

46M-89F. Purchased with funds from Henry James and the Friends fund, from Sir Shane Leslie, 35 South Lodge, St. John Wood, London, N.W. 8; received: 1947 February

46M-204. Gift of Leon Edel, Esq., 58 West 83 Street, New York 24, New York; received: 1947 March 1.

47M-4. Gift of Henry James, Esq., 522 Fifth Avenue, New York, 18 N.Y.; received: 1947 August 12.

47M-181. Bequest of Harold Wilmerding Bell ; received: 1948 March 1.

49M-14;49M-15. Gift of Leon Edel, Esq., 309 East 23d Street, New York 10, New York; received: 1949 October 4.

49M-42. Purchased with the Bemis Fund from Myers & Co., Ltd., New Bond Street, London, England; received: 1949 December 2.

49M-102. Purchased with the F.E. Chase Fund, from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, London, England; received: 1950 Jan. 19.

50M-15;50M-16. Gift of Mrs. Hester Ritchie Fuller, 14, Berkeley Place, Wimbledon, S.W. 19; received: 1950 September 25.

50M-427. Gift of Mrs. Henry James, 133 East 64th Street, New York 18, N.Y.; received: 1951 June.

51M-26. Purchased with Friends Fund from James F. Drake, 24 West 40th Street, New York, N.Y.; received: 1951 August 14.

51M-104. Purchased with duplicate money from Sir Shane Leslie, Bennington, Vermont; received: 1951 September 4.

51M-125. Gift of Professor Ralph Barton Perry, 985 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Mass.; received: 1951.

51M-130 (1) - (71). Purchased with Friends fund from H.S. Fullerton, The American Hospital, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; received: 1952 Jan. 8.

53M-32;53M-33. Gift of Burgess Noakes, Sunnybank, Peasemarch, Sussex; via Donald Brien , Esq.; received: 1953 October 9.

53M-39. Purchased with the Bemis fund from Pickering and Chatto, 21 Suffolk Street, Pall Mall East, London S.W.1; received: 1953 October 6.

54M-66-71. Gift of William James, Esq., 95 Irving Street, Cambridge, Mass; received: 1954 July.

55M-8. Purchased with Henry James royalties from Elkin Mathews Ltd., Takeley, Bishops Stortford, Herts, England, ; received: 1955 July, Cat. 140, No. 87. .

56M-87;56M-88. Gift of Mrs. Guy du Maurier, The Weavers House, Castle Combe, near Chippenham, Wiltshire; received: 1956 December 11.


Purchased with the Bemis fund from Maggs Brothers, 50 Berkeley Square, London, W.1; received: 1957 July 10.

58M-48;58M-49;58M-50. Gift of Mr. Donald Brien, 220 St. Georges Road, Ardmore, Pennsylvania; received: 1958 October

58M-173. Gift of Donald Brien, 220 St. Georges Road, Ardmore, Pennsylvania; received: 1959 March 21.

58M-215. Bequest of Ellerton James, presented by direction of the executor, Mr. Sherman Hill , Hill, Barlow, Goodale & Adams , 53 State Street, Boston 9, Mass.; received: 1959 April 27.

65M-30. Gift of Mrs. H. Ryder, Cassell and Company Ltd., 35 Red Lion Square, London, W.C.1; received: 1965 August 23.

65M-130. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. F. Murray Forbes, 72 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Mass.; received: 1966 March 1.

66M-165. Purchased partially with the Livingston fund from Miss Beatrice Dunham, 145 West 96th St., New York, N.Y. 10025 and Miss Josephine Dunham , 2 Hawthorne Place, Boston, Mass. 02114; received: 1967 June 6.

68M-54. Purchased with the Henry James royalties from Seven Gables Bookshop, 3 West 46th Street, New York, N.Y. 10036; received: 1969 May 8.

69M-148. Bequest of Miss Emma Marshall Denkinger, transmitted by Mr. Arthur W. Hughes, III, Holland, Johnson, & Hays, 73 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 02108; received: 1969.

87M-62. Gift of Mr. David Dorrance, Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse, 24220 Saint Cyprien, France; received: 1987 November 2.

2003M-61. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from James Cummins Bookseller, 699 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021; received: 2004 April 4.

2009M-61. Purchased with the Jacob Blanck Book Fund from George Houle Rare Books & Autographs ; received: 2009 December 23.

Processing Information

Processed by: Tamar Dougherty and Bonnie B. Salt.

James, Henry, 1843-1916. Henry James letters to various correspondents and other material, 1861-1915: Guide.
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