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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1237.8

Henry James papers for The sense of the past


Typescript copies, some with autograph manuscript revisions, of Henry James's novel, The sense of the past.


  • 1914-1916


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Typescript copies of this novel, some with autograph manuscript revisions by Henry James. Also includes notes by Theodore Bosanquet.

Biographical / Historical

James was an American novelist, short-story writer, critic, and dramatist. Theodora Bosanquet (1887?-1961) became secretary to Henry James in 1907. She was also a critic and editor.


Items are arranged in accession number order.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

44M-456, 44M-457, 44M-458, 44M-459, 44M-460. Gift of Henry James, Esq., 522 Fifth Ave., New York, New York; received: 1944.

Processing Information

Collection was recataloged in February 2013. All sheets were originally housed in binders. At the time of recataloging, all sheets were removed from binders and the binder covers were retained. Labels on binder covers often have incorrect information concerning contents. Original order of all sheets was retained.

James, Henry, 1843-1916. Henry James papers for The sense of the past, 1914-1916: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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