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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1659

James Russell Lowell additional papers


Correspondence, compositions, photographs, and other materials of American author James Russell Lowell.


  • 1767-1898

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2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Collection consists chiefly of correspondence to Lowell from other authors, friends, and European acquaintances written during his diplomatic service and last years. Also contains letters from Lowell to family members, including Mabel Lowell Burnett and Maria Lowell, or letters written between relatives and third parties. Lowell's compositions consist of poems and prose, some of which are written in Spanish. Also includes notebooks of poems, social engagements, and finances, as well as photographs, programs, invitations, menus, and clippings.

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 Lanugages and Literatures at Harvard (1855-1886) succeeding Longfellow; and U.S. minister to Spain (1877-1880) and to England (1880-1885).


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to James Russell Lowell
  2. II. Letters from James Russell Lowell
  3. III. Compositions
  4. IV. Notebooks
  5. V. Other correspondence
  6. VI. Miscellaneous

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*61M-249. Deposited by Dr. Francis Lowell Burnett, Manchester, Massachusetts; received: 1962 Jan.

Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1767-1898: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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