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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1092.7

William James manuscripts for Some problems of philosophy


Manuscripts concerning the writing and publication of Some problems of philosophy .


  • Creation: 1909-1925


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes autograph manuscripts, typescript pages, galley proofs, an autograph notebook, and a letter.

Biographical / Historical

William James was an American philosopher and psychologist. The manuscript for this book was begun by James in March of 1909. He left it unfinished upon his death in August of 1910. James left a memorandum stating that this document, when published, should be considered: "fragmentary and unrevised" and should be called "a beginning of an introduction to philosophy." James' friend and pupil, Dr. Horace Meyer Kallen oversaw the publishing of the manuscript (in consultation with Ralph Barton Perry and Henry James, Jr.) and reconciled the various manuscript drafts.

The book was published as: James, William, 1842-1910. Some problems of philosophy: a beginning of an introduction to philosophy. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1911.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Manuscripts of Some problems of philosophy
  2. II. Other materials

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Henry James, Jr. ; received: 1925 Dec. 15.

Recataloged from WJ 200.5.

The pages of each manuscript set have been left in the order as received in repository.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

James, William, 1842-1910. William James manuscripts for Some problems of philosophy : Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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