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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2258

Josiah Royce correspondence with the Mason family

Correspondence between Josiah Royce and members of the Mason family concerning family problems, including divorce. Also includes notes and letters about this material.


  • 1900-1989

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

These letters were given for safe keeping and restriction to William Ernest Hocking by Daniel Gregory Mason, and after the death of WEH, entrusted to Richard Hocking, who placed them at Houghton. The restriction was lifted on 2003 Jan. 22, by Mrs. Richard (Kay) Hocking.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters concern Royce's attempt to mitigate a Mason family problem (divorce) through the use of his theory of philosophy, especially concerning loyalty and the natural moral order. Correspondence concerns Daniel Gregory Mason, Edward Palmer Mason, and Mary Mason. Also includes some notes and letters from others concerning family issues.

Biographical / Historical

Josiah Royce (1855-1916) was an American idealist philosopher and a professor of history of philosophy at Harvard from 1892 to 1914. Royce was a friend of the Hocking and the Mason families. Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953) was a professor of music at Columbia University and his brother, Edward Palmer Mason, was a president and owner of the Mason-Hamlin Music Company of Boston. Both were the sons of Henry Mason (1831-1890) a founder of Mason-Hamlin Piano Company. Mary Mason was the wife of Edward Palmer Mason, then later married Daniel Gregory Mason. William Ernest Hocking was a professor of philosophy at Harvard and his son was Richard Hocking.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*88M-49. Deposited by Richard Hocking; received: 1989 Apr. 4.; gift from Kay Hocking, 2003 Jan. 22.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916. Josiah Royce correspondence with the Mason family: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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