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MS Am 1239.1

Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell letters to the Lowell family, 1828-1891: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1239.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891.
Title: James Russell Lowell letters to the Lowell family,
Date(s): 1828-1891.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from the American author and poet James Russell Lowell to family while he was traveling in Europe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

42M-621 (173-187). Gift of Mrs. Pierre Jay; 133 East 64th Street, New York City; received: 1942 Nov.
43M-775. Deposit of Mrs. Lois Burnett Rantoul; 153 Crafts Road, Chestnut Hill, Mass.; received: 1944 June.
43M-862. Gift of James Burnett Lowell; received: 1944 June 23.
47M-347 (264-342). Gift of Mrs. Esther Lowell Cunningham; 241 Canton Avenue, Milton, Mass.; received: Deposit, 1948 Mar. 2; Gift, 1969 Nov.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Russell Lowell Letters to the Lowell Family, 1828-1891 (MS Am 1239.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Some items formerly shelved with bMS Am 1484 [items (227-228), (230-238), (240-243), (245-284), and (286-301)] have been moved this collection and have been given new item numbers.

Biographical / Historical

Lowell was an author, poet, editor, teacher, and diplomat. He edited the Atlantic Monthly (1857-1861), and with Charles Eliot Norton, the North American Review (1860s); was professor of French and Spanish Languages and Literatures at Harvard (1855-1886) succeeding Longfellow; and U.S. minister to Spain (1877-1880), and to England (1880-1885).


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Scope and Contents

Letters by Lowell to his family, chiefly written while he was traveling in Europe. Includes letters to his mother and his brothers, but consists primarily of letters written to Lowell's daughter, Mabel Lowell Burnett, over the course of her childhood and into her adult life. Letters concern family relationships, the births and childhoods of Mabel's children, and the health of Lowell's second wife, Frances Dunlap Lowell. Collection also includes newspaper clippings from London papers concerning Lowell's recall as ambassador to England by President Cleveland.

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