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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2795

Letters from William James and George Santayana to Charles Alexander Loeser

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Santayana sent to Loeser from Dresden, Berlin, London, Oxford, Avila, Geneve, Cambridge (MA), Brookline (MA), Rome as well as letters and postcards from James to Loeser from Cambridge and Cannes.


  • 1886-1912 and undated

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Charles Loeser was born in New York City. He completed his Master of Arts degree in Philosophy at Harvard University in 1888. Shortly thereafter, Loeser travelled to Europe to visit his friend and fellow Harvard alum, Charles Santayana. He settled into Florence in 1890 where he met and married famous German pianist Olga Lebert Kaufmann, and spent the rest of his life here collecting and studying Medieval and early Renaissance art and furniture.

James taught at Harvard University from 1883-1907.


Letters are arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2011M-102. Gift of Philippa Calnan; received: 2012 March 5.

Note accompanying letters from James states, "Acknowledgements in Italian from Comune di Firenze, National Gallery and Museum in Firenze."

Processing Information

Processed by Adrien Hilton, 2018.

Loeser, Charles A. Letters from William James and George Santayana to Charles Alexander Loeser, 1886-1912 (MS Am 2795): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
September 25, 2018
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Repository Details

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