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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1504

Henry James letters to Jessie Allen


Letters from American writer Henry James Jr. to his friend Jessie Allen.


  • 1899-1919

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Consists of 221 letters, 1899-1915, from James to Jessie Allen; 2 letters, [1909-1912], to James from Ariana Curtis; and 8 letters, 1910-1919, to Jessie Allen from Alice Howe James, Margaret James, and Percy Lubbock. Also includes a photograph of Henry James by E. O. (Emil Otto) Hoppé.

Biographical / Historical

James was an American novelist, short-story writer, critic, and dramatist. In Venice in 1899 he met Jessie Allen, descendant of a distinguished British family. They became good friends and regular correspondents, and James was a frequent visitor at her home in London.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

57M-41. Gift of Miss Ellinor M. Allen, Inchdene, Woodchester Stroud, Glos.; received: 1957.

James, Henry, 1843-1916. Henry James letters to Jessie Allen, 1899-1919: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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