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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1659.1

James Russell Lowell letters to Mary Lowell Putnam

Letters from poet James Russell Lowell to Mary Lowell Putnam.


  • 1851-1890

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)

Contains letters written by James Lowell to his sister Mary Lowell Putnam, concerning his travels in Europe, including Italy, Paris, and Switzerland. Letters also discuss life in London, and family news. Many letters confirm invitations to dinner, or when they will see each other again.

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 chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

63M-84. Gift of Dr. Francis Lowell Burnett, Proctor Street Manchester, Massachusetts; received: 1964 January.
Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell letters to Mary Lowell Putnam, 1851-1890: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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