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MS Am 1483

Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1840-1891: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1483
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891.
Title: James Russell Lowell additional papers,
Date(s): 1840-1891.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Spanish, and French.
Abstract: Personal and professional letters written to author, poet, and teacher James Russell Lowell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*43M-775. Deposited by Mrs. Lois Burnett Rantoul, 153 Crafts Road, Chestnut Hill, Mass; received: 1944 June.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Russell Lowell Additional Papers, 1840-1891 (MS Am 1483). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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 (1864- ); 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

Collection consists primarily of letters to Lowell written during his diplomatic career and refer to professional and personal life, including lecture invitations, dinner invitations, and comments on social matters. Also contains correspondence with family members, notably his daughter Mabel Lowell Burnett, and Charles Lowell, as well as correspondence of Maria White Lowell and a draft of her will. Collection also contains autograph drafts of poems and essays, as well as a commonplace book, his diaries and engagement books, which primarily note lunch dates and other meetings. There are receipts and account statements, pertaining mainly to The Pioneer, as well as Lowell's personal financial records. Collection includes some Lowell family letters from the 18th and early 19th cent., containing family history, a manuscript copy of an act of the U.S. Continental Congress dated 1782, news clippings, and photographs.

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