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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1213-1213.8

Theodora Bosanquet papers


Letters, diaries, photographs, and other papers of English critic and editor Theodora Bosanquet, who was also Henry James's secretary.


  • Creation: 1898-1960

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


7 linear feet (14 boxes)

Bosanquet's papers reflect her connection with Henry James as well as her other literary activities and friendships. Includes 69 letters from James; Bosanquet's diaries, 1898-1960, including transcriptions of passages concerning James; articles and talks about James; letters from Edith Wharton and others; poetry and prose by Bosanquet; letters and other papers by Charles Williams; photographs of Bosanquet and family members.

Biographical / Historical

Theodora Bosanquet (1887?-1961) became secretary to Henry James in 1907. She was also a critic and editor.


Organized into the following series:

  1. bMS Eng 1213: Letters and compositions of Henry James
  2. bMS Eng 1213.1: Original diaries of Theodora Bosanquet
  3. bMS Eng 1213.2: Transcribed diaries of Theodora Bosanquet
  4. bMS Eng 1213.3: Letters of various persons
  5. bMS Eng 1213.4: Articles and talks about Henry James
  6. bMS Eng 1213.5: Printed Jamesiana
  7. bMS Eng 1213.6: Letters and compositions of Charles Williams
  8. bMS Eng 1213.7: Compositions of Theodora Bosanquet
  9. bMS Eng 1213.8: Bosanquet family photographs

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*63M-73, *63M-74, *63M-75, *63M-76, *63M-77, *63M-78, *63M-79, *63M-80, *63M-81, *63M-82. Purchased from Teresa J. Dillon; received: 1963.

Bosanquet, Theodora. Theodora Bosanquet papers, 1898-1960: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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