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MS Am 1094.1

James, Henry, 1843-1916. Henry James letters to various correspondents and other material, 1861-1915: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard College Library


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

2001 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Last update on 2015 February 19

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1094.1
Creator: James, Henry, 1843-1916.
Title: Henry James letters to various correspondents and other material,
Date(s): 1861-1915.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from Henry James acquired from multiple sources. Also includes photographs and some third party letters.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Tamar Dougherty and Bonnie B. Salt.

Acquisition Information:

Acquired from various sources at various dates, as follows:
42M-161;42M-163. Purchased from Austin Strong, 5 Quince St., Nantucket, Mass. ; received: 1942 October 15.
43M-2. Received on exchange from Michael Papantonic, 509 Madison Ave., New York City, N.Y.; received: 1943 July 8.
43M-411F;43M-412F;43M-413F;43M-414F;43M-415F;43M-416F. Purchased from the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; received: 1943 December
44M-147 Bequest of Agnes M. Storrer through Allyn B. Forbes, Esq., Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass.; received: 1944 November 10.
44M-341. Purchased from Charles Retz; received: 1945 February 27.
44M-386;44M-387. Gift (in memory of her husband Lawrence Gilman) of Elizabeth Gilman, Franconia, New Hampshire; received: 1945 June 29.
45M-57F. Purchased with funds from the Sheldon fund and a gift of Henry James, from Sir Shane Leslie, Glaslough, Co., Monaghan, Erie; received: 1945 September 25.
45M-169F. Gift of Perry G.E. Miller, Grays 18, Harvard University; received: 1946February 14.
45M-347;45M-348. Gift of Mrs. John W. Lapsley, through Henry James , Esq., 522 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1946 June 26.
45M-395. Gift of Mrs. John Lapsley, through William James, Esq., 95 Irving Street, Cambridge 38, Massachusetts; received: 1946 June 10.
46M-14F. Gift of Henry James, Esq., 522 Fifth Ave., New York, New York; received: 1946 July 15.
46M-84a. Purchased from Myers & Co. with funds from the Friends of the Library. ; received: 1946 December 12.
46M-89F. Purchased with funds from Henry James and the Friends fund, from Sir Shane Leslie, 35 South Lodge, St. John Wood, London, N.W. 8; received: 1947 February
46M-204. Gift of Leon Edel, Esq., 58 West 83 Street, New York 24, New York; received: 1947 March 1.
47M-4. Gift of Henry James, Esq., 522 Fifth Avenue, New York, 18 N.Y.; received: 1947 August 12.
47M-181. Bequest of Harold Wilmerding Bell ; received: 1948 March 1.
49M-14;49M-15. Gift of Leon Edel, Esq., 309 East 23d Street, New York 10, New York; received: 1949 October 4.
49M-42. Purchased with the Bemis Fund from Myers & Co., Ltd., New Bond Street, London, England; received: 1949 December 2.
49M-102. Purchased with the F.E. Chase Fund, from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, London, England; received: 1950 Jan. 19.
50M-15;50M-16. Gift of Mrs. Hester Ritchie Fuller, 14, Berkeley Place, Wimbledon, S.W. 19; received: 1950 September 25.
50M-427. Gift of Mrs. Henry James, 133 East 64th Street, New York 18, N.Y.; received: 1951 June.
51M-26. Purchased with Friends Fund from James F. Drake, 24 West 40th Street, New York, N.Y.; received: 1951 August 14.
51M-104. Purchased with duplicate money from Sir Shane Leslie, Bennington, Vermont; received: 1951 September 4.
51M-125. Gift of Professor Ralph Barton Perry, 985 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Mass.; received: 1951.
51M-130 (1) - (71). Purchased with Friends fund from H.S. Fullerton, The American Hospital, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; received: 1952 Jan. 8.
53M-32;53M-33. Gift of Burgess Noakes, Sunnybank, Peasemarch, Sussex; via Donald Brien , Esq.; received: 1953 October 9.
53M-39. Purchased with the Bemis fund from Pickering and Chatto, 21 Suffolk Street, Pall Mall East, London S.W.1; received: 1953 October 6.
54M-66-71. Gift of William James, Esq., 95 Irving Street, Cambridge, Mass; received: 1954 July.
55M-8. Purchased with Henry James royalties from Elkin Mathews Ltd., Takeley, Bishops Stortford, Herts, England, ; received: 1955 July, Cat. 140, No. 87. .
56M-87;56M-88. Gift of Mrs. Guy du Maurier, The Weavers House, Castle Combe, near Chippenham, Wiltshire; received: 1956 December 11.
Purchased with the Bemis fund from Maggs Brothers, 50 Berkeley Square, London, W.1; received: 1957 July 10.
58M-48;58M-49;58M-50. Gift of Mr. Donald Brien, 220 St. Georges Road, Ardmore, Pennsylvania; received: 1958 October
58M-173. Gift of Donald Brien, 220 St. Georges Road, Ardmore, Pennsylvania; received: 1959 March 21.
58M-215. Bequest of Ellerton James, presented by direction of the executor, Mr. Sherman Hill , Hill, Barlow, Goodale & Adams , 53 State Street, Boston 9, Mass.; received: 1959 April 27.
65M-30. Gift of Mrs. H. Ryder, Cassell and Company Ltd., 35 Red Lion Square, London, W.C.1; received: 1965 August 23.
65M-130. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. F. Murray Forbes, 72 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Mass.; received: 1966 March 1.
66M-165. Purchased partially with the Livingston fund from Miss Beatrice Dunham, 145 West 96th St., New York, N.Y. 10025 and Miss Josephine Dunham , 2 Hawthorne Place, Boston, Mass. 02114; received: 1967 June 6.
68M-54. Purchased with the Henry James royalties from Seven Gables Bookshop, 3 West 46th Street, New York, N.Y. 10036; received: 1969 May 8.
69M-148. Bequest of Miss Emma Marshall Denkinger, transmitted by Mr. Arthur W. Hughes, III, Holland, Johnson, & Hays, 73 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 02108; received: 1969.
87M-62. Gift of Mr. David Dorrance, Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse, 24220 Saint Cyprien, France; received: 1987 November 2.
2003M-61. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from James Cummins Bookseller, 699 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021; received: 2004 April 4.
2009M-61. Purchased with the Jacob Blanck Book Fund from George Houle Rare Books & Autographs ; received: 2009 December 23.

Access Restrictions:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry James Letters to Various Correspondents and Other Material, 1861-1915 (MS Am 1094.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

James was an American novelist, short-story writer, critic and dramatist.


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Scope and Content

This is a collection of single letters and small groups of letters by Henry James, acquired at different times and from different sources. There are also 9 James-related photographs and a few third party letters including one letter about James dated 1952.

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