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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1095.2

James family additional papers


Correspondence, drawings, photographs, publications and other papers of the James family.


  • 1858-1947

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Includes correspondence, drawings, photographs, publications, and other papers of Henry James II, and other James family members, including Alice Howe Gibbens James, Alice James, Henry James Jr., and William James. There are also letters relating to research on the James family and the use of the James family papers. Includes pen and ink portrait drawing of Edwin Austin Abbey.

Biographical / Historical

The James family was especially prominent in the intellectual life of New England. Henry James was an American novelist, short story writer, critic and dramatist, and his brother was William James, an American philosopher and psychologist, a leader of the philosophical movement of Pragmatism and of the psychological movement of functionalism. William James' wife was Alice Howe Gibbens James.


James family listed first, then arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location

b, pfc

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*50M-362. Gift of Mrs. Henry James, 133 E. 64th Street, New York 18, New York; received: 1951.

Separated Materials

This accession originally listed: "(1)F James family. [Photographs, reproductions of portraits, drawings, etc. of three generations of the James family (to Henry James 1879-1947), their friends and views.] [v.p., v.d.] 5 volumes." This material was moved to pfMS Am 1094 (3 volumes) and MS Am 1092 (1 volume). See HOLLIS and OASIS for records for those collections.
James family. James family additional papers, 1858-1947: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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