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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1484.1

James Russell Lowell additional papers

Correspondence of the American author James Russell Lowell with his family and others as well as poems and other materials.


  • 1736-1951

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (6 boxes)

Primarily professional and social letters written to Lowell during his diplomatic career. In addition to professional matters, the letters concern poetry and the works of other poets, as well as social news. Also includes family correspondence with Mabel Lowell Burnett, Maria White Lowell, and Charles Lowell. There are also poems, compositions, genealogies of the Cutts, Lowell, and Russell families, photographs, a diary for 1882 and printed materials.

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).


Arranged alphabetically, wth miscellany at end.

Please note that item number 613 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*47M-347. Gift of Mrs. Esther Lowell Cunningham, 241 Canton Avenue Milton, Massachusetts; received: 1948 March 2.
Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1736-1951: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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