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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1484

James Russell Lowell additional papers


Correspondence and financial papers of the American author James Russell Lowell.


  • Creation: 1802-1898

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Primarily personal and professional letters to Lowell from a wide variety of correspondents, including his daughter Mabel Lowell Burnett and his father Charles Lowell. Personal letters discuss literature, poetry, and social and family news. The professional letters cover the period during Lowell's diplomatic career, primarily while minister to England. The collection includes letters of introduction, letters from autograph-seekers, some social letters to Maria White Lowell, 18th-century family papers, and a draft Act of the United States Continental Congress.

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 into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence and compositions
  2. II. Business papers
  3. A. Statement of account for "Poems"
  4. B. Receipts for books, magazines, and subscriptions
  5. C. Real estate receipts [recataloged to bMS Am 1239]
  6. D. Financial statements
  7. E. Personal receipts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

43M-862, 43M-863, and 43M-864. Gift of James Burnett Lowell, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1944 June 23.

Separated Materials

Some items formerly shelved with this collection, have been moved to other call numbers:

  1. bMS Am 1191: items (229), (239), (244), and (285)
  2. bMS Am 1239 (1-7): *43M-864, items (8), (9)
  3. bMS Am 1239.1: items (227-228), (230-238), (240-243), (245-284), and (286-301)
Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1802-1898: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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