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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1751

Brooks Adams correspondence with Henry Adams


Correspondence of the American historian Brooks Adams to American novelist Henry Adams, as well as materials concerning the Adams' family.


  • Creation: 1861-1920

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Also includes a lengthy critique by Henry Adams of an unpublished biography by Brooks Adams of John Quincy Adams, miscellaneous correspondence of Brooks Adams, letters from Charles Francis Adams to Brooks and Henry Adams.

Biographical / Historical

Brooks Adams was an American historian. Henry Adams was an American novelist, historian, and social critic.


Arranged chronologically

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*47M-120-135. Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans, 280 Beacon Street Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1947 September 15; 1948 November 30; 1948 January 5.

Adams, Brooks, 1848-1927. Brooks Adams correspondence with Henry Adams, 1861-1920: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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