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MS Am 1092

James, William, 1842-1910. Letters to William James from various correspondents and photograph album, 1865-1929: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1092
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: James, William, 1842-1910.
Title: Letters to William James from various correspondents and photograph album,
Date(s): 1865-1929.
Quantity: 1 collection (4.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to American philosopher and psychologist William James and some to his wife, Alice Howe Gibbens James. Also includes a James family photograph album.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of the James family.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Letters to William James from Various Correspondents and Photograph Album, 1865-1929 (MS Am 1092). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Items 1179-1182 were transferred to bMS Am 1094 (496-498a).

Biographical / Historical

William James was an American philosopher and psychologist, a leader of the philosophical movement of Pragmatism and of the psychological movement of functionalism. His wife was Alice Howe Gibbens James (1849-1922).


Arranged into two series:

Scope and Contents

Letters sent to William James from various others. Includes letters to his wife, Alice Howe Gibbens James. Also with a James family photograph album primarily including portraits of William James, but also with some group portraits and a few landscapes and buildings. Includes snapshots, studio portraits, tintypes, and a kallitype. Photographers include: Winthrop Pickard Bell, Alice Boughton, Eveleen Tennant Meyers, Ellen Emmet Rand, Theodate Pope Riddle, and Sarah Carlisle Choate Sears, among others.

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