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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1094.5

James family papers


Chiefly correspondence and papers of American writer Henry James and of his brother American philosopher and psychologist William James.


  • 1846-1916

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)
Correspondence and papers of Henry James Jr., William James, Alice James, and Henry James II. Includes 2 etchings and 10 photographs related to the James family.

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.


Arranged alphabetically with James family letters first.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*58M-238. Deposited by the James family; received: 1959.

*58M-239. Gift of Ruth Draper through William James; received 1959.
James family. James family papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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