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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1092.1

William James correspondence


Correspondence and a few compositions of American philosopher and psychologist William James.


  • Creation: 1856-1910


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

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.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I.Transcripts of letters from William James to various correspondents
  2. II. Lettersto William James
  3. III. Letters from William James
  4. IV. Compositions by William James

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material includes many different accessions gathered together. The donor information, if known, is listed with each item.

James, William, 1842-1910. William James correspondence: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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