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MS Am 2258

Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916. Josiah Royce correspondence with the Mason family: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2258
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916.
Title: Josiah Royce correspondence with the Mason family,
Date(s): 1900-1989.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Correspondence between Josiah Royce and members of the Mason family concerning family problems, including divorce. Also includes notes and letters about this material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*88M-49. Deposited by Richard Hocking; received: 1989 Apr. 4.; gift from Kay Hocking, 2003 Jan. 22.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
These letters were given for safe keeping and restriction to William Ernest Hocking by Daniel Gregory Mason, and after the death of WEH, entrusted to Richard Hocking, who placed them at Houghton. The restriction was lifted on 2003 Jan. 22, by Mrs. Richard (Kay) Hocking.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Josiah Royce Correspondence with the Mason Family (MS Am 2258). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Josiah Royce (1855-1916) was an American idealist philosopher and a professor of history of philosophy at Harvard from 1892 to 1914. Royce was a friend of the Hocking and the Mason families. Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953) was a professor of music at Columbia University and his brother, Edward Palmer Mason, was a president and owner of the Mason-Hamlin Music Company of Boston. Both were the sons of Henry Mason (1831-1890) a founder of Mason-Hamlin Piano Company. Mary Mason was the wife of Edward Palmer Mason, then later married Daniel Gregory Mason. William Ernest Hocking was a professor of philosophy at Harvard and his son was Richard Hocking.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Letters concern Royce's attempt to mitigate a Mason family problem (divorce) through the use of his theory of philosophy, especially concerning loyalty and the natural moral order. Correspondence concerns Daniel Gregory Mason, Edward Palmer Mason, and Mary Mason. Also includes some notes and letters from others concerning family issues.

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