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MS Am 765

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

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 765
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891.
Title: James Russell Lowell papers,
Date(s): 1835-1919.
Quantity: 1 collection (17 boxes (8 linear ft.)
Abstract: Papers of American author, poet, editor, teacher, and diplomat James Russell Lowell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Charles Eliot Norton; received: 1903.
Gift of Sara Norton; received: 1911.
Gift of Lawrence Dwight; received: 1920.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Russell Lowell Papers (MS Am 765). 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).


Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is correspondence, both personal and professional, between Lowell and many of his prominent contemporaries, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Holmes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Dean Howells, Thomas Hughes, George Bailey Loring, Charles Eliot Norton, Thomas William Parsons, Edmund Quincy, and Richard Grant White. Also include poems, addresses, lectures and other manuscripts, some unpublished, by Lowell as well as notebooks with various notes and drafts, and commonplace books that he kept. In addition, collection contains Norton's correspondence concerning the publication of Lowell's letters, miscellaneous manuscripts and correspondence of third parties, and clippings about Lowell.

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