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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1070

Henry James letters to Margaret Mary James Porter


Letters from American writer Henry James Jr. to his niece Margaret James Porter.


  • 1899-1915

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)

Consists of 62 letters from Henry James to his niece Margaret Mary James Porter (1887-1950) discussing family matters, his literary work, and his life in England.

Biographical / Historical

James was an American novelist, short story writer, critic, and dramatist.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

55M-304. Gift of James family; received: 1956.

James, Henry, 1843-1916. Henry James letters to Margaret Mary James Porter, 1899-1915: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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