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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1320

Henry Adams letters to Rebecca Dodge Rae


Letters of the American writer Henry Adams to Rebecca Dodge Rae.


  • 1885-1912

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.


.12 linear feet (1 volume)

Letters from Adams to Rae discuss Adams' travel abroad, Rae's engagement, American involvement in the war, Samoan culture, the death of Adams' mother and Rae's husband, and Adams' recovery from a stroke. Most of the letters either share or ask for news of mutual friends and family. Adams also frequently describes his boredom with society and his thoughts on aging and death.

Biographical / Historical

Adams was an American novelist, historian, and social critic. Rae was a friend of Adams' wife, Marian (Clover) Adams.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

53M-109. Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Rae, 1921 Kalorama Road, Washington 9, D. C.; received: 1954 January 27.

Adams, Henry, 1838-1918. Henry Adams letters to Rebecca Dodge Rae, 1885-1912: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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