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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2540

James B. Pinker letters concerning the James family


Letters sent to Pinker, literary agent to Henry James and his brother William James, concerning the publication of their works.


  • Creation: 1900-1934 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters, telegrams, and receipts to James B. Pinker (and to his firm James. B. Pinker and Son after his death in 1922), concerning the publication and printing of the works of Henry James and William James. Primarily letters from publishers and printers, but also includes letters from the James family, especially Henry James, William James, Alice Howe Gibbens James (William's wife), Henry James II, and William James Jr.

Biographical / Historical

Henry James (1843-1916) was an American novelist, short story writer, critic, and dramatist. William James (1842-1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist, a professor of psychology and philosophy at Harvard University, and the brother of novelist Henry James. James Brand Pinker (1863-1922) was the founder of James B. Pinker and Son, a firm of literary agents in London. Pinker was literary and dramatic agent to both Henry and William James.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

47M-141. Gift of Henry James, Esq., 522 Fifth Ave., New York, New York; received: 1947 December 16.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Pinker, James B., recipient. James B. Pinker letters concerning the James family, 1900-1934: Guide.
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