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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2721

William James letters to George Van Ness Dearborn


Letters from the psychologist and philosopher William James to his student, George Van Ness Dearborn.


  • 1896-1910

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.04 linear feet (1 box)

Letters and postcards from James to Dearborn, with one examination paper by Dearborn commented on and graded by James.

Biographical / Historical

William James (January 11, 1842-August 26, 1910) was an American psychologist and philosopher who trained as a physician. George Van Ness Dearborn (1869-1938) was his student in Philosophy 20b at Harvard University with whom James maintained a friendship.


Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically with undated letters at the end.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2010M-90. Purchased with funds from the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund; received: 2011 April 19.

Processing Information

Processed by: Melanie Wisner

James, William, 1842-1910. William James letters to George Van Ness Dearborn, 1896-1910: Guide.
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