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COLLECTION — Volume: 1 Identifier: MS Am 1352

George Santayana letters to Mary Stedman Williams Winslow


Letters of the American philosopher George Santayana to Mary Stedman Williams Winslow.


  • 1908-1923

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Formerly restricted against use in the lifetime of George Santayana and now released.


.08 linear feet (1 volume)
Consists of letters from Santayana to Mary Stedman Williams Winslow (Mrs. Winslow) with a letter to her daughter, Polly, chiefly written while he was living in Europe. Early letters focus on descriptions of his travels through Europe. Later letters cover topics such as the political state of Europe and Santayana's writing.

Biographical / Historical

Santayana was an American philosopher, teacher, and writer.

Mary Stedman Williams was born in Buffalo, New York in 1875 and was educated in Buffalo and Europe. On 1 October 1902 she married Frederick Bradlee Winslow (1873-1937). Frederick and Mary resided in Boston, where he was a prominent physician. Mary was known for her expertise in classical Greek. Their children were Mary (known as Polly), born in 1908, and Frederick Jr, born in 1910.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

53M-190. Gift of Mary Stedman Williams Winslow (Mrs. Frederick Winslow); received: 1940-1943.

Separated Materials

See also bMS Am 800.40 for additional letters sent to Mary Winslow, and list of these Santayana letters.
Santayana, George, 1863-1952. George Santayana letters to Mary Stedman Williams Winslow, 1908-1923 (MS Am 1352): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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