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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1217

Houghton Library collection of Henry Adams papers


Primarily letters from the American historian and author Henry Adams.


  • Creation: 1859-1918

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters by Henry Adams to various people and one folder of typescripts of poems, original and translated. Larger groups of letters include 35 to Henry Lee Higginson, 17 to Henry Osborn Taylor, and 8 to William Roscoe Thayer.

Biographical / Historical

Adams was an American historian and author.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times.

Processing Information

In 2018, collection title was updated for DACS compliance.

Houghton Library collection of Henry Adams papers, 1859-1918: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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