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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1092

Letters to William James from various correspondents and photograph album


Letters to American philosopher and psychologist William James and some to his wife, Alice Howe Gibbens James. Also includes a James family photograph album.


  • 1865-1929


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use

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4.5 linear feet (12 boxes)

Letters sent to William James from various others. Includes letters to his wife, Alice Howe Gibbens James. Also with a James family photograph album primarily including portraits of William James, but also with some group portraits and a few landscapes and buildings. Includes snapshots, studio portraits, tintypes, and a kallitype. Photographers include: Winthrop Pickard Bell, Alice Boughton, Eveleen Tennant Meyers, Ellen Emmet Rand, Theodate Pope Riddle, and Sarah Carlisle Choate Sears, among others.

Biographical / Historical

William James was an American philosopher and psychologist, a leader of the philosophical movement of Pragmatism and of the psychological movement of functionalism. His wife was Alice Howe Gibbens James (1849-1922).


Arranged into two series:

  1. I. Letters to William James from various correspondents
  2. II. Photograph album

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of the James family.

Separated Materials

Items 1179-1182 were transferred to bMS Am 1094 (496-498a).

James, William, 1842-1910. Letters to William James from various correspondents and photograph album, 1865-1929: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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