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MS Am 1094

James, Henry, 1843-1916. Correspondence and journals of Henry James Jr. and other family papers, 1855-1916: Guide.

Houghton Library


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Am 1094
Repository: Houghton Library
Title: Correspondence and journals of Henry James Jr. and other family papers,
Date(s): 1855-1916.
Quantity: 1 collection (8 linear feet (25 boxes and 16 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of the American writer Henry James Jr. and that of his sister, the American diarist, Alice James. Also includes his diaries, appointment books, and James family photograph albums.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Some: 44M-31. Gifts of the James family and Henry James; received: 1944.
Items (222)-(2228), (2230)-(2241), (2243)-(2245) and (2247): 50M-362. Gift of Mrs. Henry James; received: 1951. Recataloged from bMS Am 1095.2.
Item (2244), copy 2: no accession number. Transferred from Fogg Art Museum; received: 1966.Recataloged from bMS Am 1095.2.
Items (2229), (2242), (2245) f.58, (2246): 44M-4F-44M-17F; 44M19F-44M-35F.Gift of Henry James III; received: 1944. Recataloged from bMS Am 1095.2.
Item (2247) f.43 recataloged from fMS Am 1092.9 (4598).

Conditions Governing Access:

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Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Correspondence and Journals of Henry James Jr. and Other Family Papers, 1855-1916 (MS Am 1094). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

James was an American novelist, short story writer, critic and dramatist. Alice James (1848-1892), the American diarist, was his sister.


Arranged into the following series: Please note that item numbers 670-699 and 972 were inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Includes letters to James from various literary and social friends and acquaintances, including Paul Bourget, George Du Maurier, William Dean Howells, James Russell Lowell, Robert Louis Stevenson, and many others. There are several long runs of letters by James, including letters to Elizabeth [Lizzie] Boott, Mary Cadwalader Jones, Grace Norton, Henrietta Reubell, and Howard Overing Sturgis. Also includes many letters by James to his parents, his brother William, his nephew Henry James II, his sister Alice, and his sister-in-law Alice Howe Gibbens James. The collection also contains letters to and from his sister, Alice James (1848-1892).
With 16 volumes of Henry James Jr.'s diaries and appointment books, 1878-1915 (also known as his "journals"), and James family photograph albums.

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