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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1371.8

George Santayana letters to Boylston Adams Beal


Letters from Harvard philosophy professor George Santayana to his Harvard classmate Boylston Adams Beal.


  • 1893-1941

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.


.01 linear feet (1 volume)

This collection contains letters written from George Santayana to Boylston Adams Beal about life in Boston, and also life in Italy when he was living there later in life. The letters discuss Santayana's ideas for books, retirement, research for books, news from Harvard University and the Harvard Club, personal financial difficulties, and the difficulties Santayana faced with living in Italy during World War II. .

Biographical / Historical

Santayana was a philosopher, poet, and author. He taught philosophy at Harvard, 1889-1911. Beal and Santayana were classmates at Harvard College.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

43M-240. Gift of Boylston A. Beal, 108 Beacon Street Boston, Mass; received: 1943 November 2.

Santayana, George, 1863-1952. George Santayana letters to Boylston Adams Beal, 1893-1941: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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