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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 765

James Russell Lowell papers,

Papers of American author, poet, editor, teacher, and diplomat James Russell Lowell.


  • 1835-1919.

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1 collection (17 boxes (8 linear ft.))

The bulk of the collection is correspondence, both personal and professional, between Lowell and many of his prominent contemporaries, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Holmes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Dean Howells, Thomas Hughes, George Bailey Loring, Charles Eliot Norton, Thomas William Parsons, Edmund Quincy, and Richard Grant White. Also include poems, addresses, lectures and other manuscripts, some unpublished, by Lowell as well as notebooks with various notes and drafts, and commonplace books that he kept. In addition, collection contains Norton's correspondence concerning the publication of Lowell's letters, miscellaneous manuscripts and correspondence of third parties, and clippings about Lowell.

Biographical / Historical

Lowell was an author, poet, editor, teacher, and diplomat. He edited The Atlantic Monthly (1857-1861), and with Charles Eliot Norton, The North American Review (1864- ); was professor of French and Spanish Languages and Literatures at Harvard (1855-1886) succeeding Longfellow; and U.S. minister to Spain (1877-1880) and to England (1880-1885).


  1. I. Letters from James Russell Lowell
  2. II. Letters to James Russell Lowell
  3. III. Letters to Charles Eliot Norton concerning Lowell papers
  4. IV. Literary manuscripts of James Russell Lowell
  5. V. Miscellaneous
  6. VI. Notebooks of James Russell Lowell

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Eliot Norton; received: 1903.

Gift of Sara Norton; received: 1911.

Gift of Lawrence Dwight; received: 1920.
Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell papers: 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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