- Majority of material found within 1859-1922
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
1 linear feet (5 boxes)
The collection also includes partial or copied letters by philosopher William James (1842-1910): postscripts he added to letters from his wife to his sons; a copy of a letter to his third son, artist Alexander R. James; a partial courtship letter to his future wife; and a complete letter he dictated to his son William. Also included are letters addressed to William James.
The novelist Henry James (1843-1916) is represented with letters he received from family members, 1901-1911. An 1866 letter by family patriarch Henry James (1811-1882) also appears in transcript form. A few non-family letters can also be found in the collection, most notably letters by Edwin B. Holt, James Jackson Putnam, and Sir Leslie Stephen.
The compositions series includes a diary written by Daniel Lewis Gibbens (father of Alice Howe Gibbens James) as surgeon on board the ship Manhattan en route between New York City and Liverpool, 1859-1860.
Series "III. Photocopies of letters" consists of color-photocopies of letters donated to this collection in July of 2008, after the end-processing of the collection had been completed. The originals of these letters are held by members of the James family, copies added here for research use. All are letters from William James (1842-1910) primarily to his son William James (1882-1961), and a few to his wife Alice and his other sons, Henry James (1879-1947) and Alexander Robertson James.
Biographical / Historical
- I. Correspondence
- II. Compositions
- III. Photocopies of letters
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- James family. James family additional papers, 1859-1922: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Description rules
- EAD ID
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