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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1766

Henry Adams letters to various correspondents


Letters from American author and historian Henry Adams to his niece and others.


  • 1881-1947

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)

Letters address personal finance issues, wedding presents to family members, and Adams' thoughts after his wife died. Adams also writes about past and present pesidents and politics, the Marbury versus Madison U.S. Supreme court case, replies to his friends' solicitations for books, dinner invitations, living in Washington D.C., and travels through Mexico and Shropshire, England.

Biographical / Historical

Adams was an American historian and author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*65M-39. Gift of Louisa Chapin (Hooper) Thoron, 191 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1965 September 3.

Processing Information

As part of a conscious and inclusive re-description effort, titles were updated to include a woman's first name when identified.

Mrs. Ward Thoron changed to Louisa Chapin (Hooper) Thoron.

Link to catalog
Adams, Henry, 1838-1918. Henry Adams letters to various correspondents: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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