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MS Am 1484

Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1802-1898: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1484
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891.
Title: James Russell Lowell additional papers,
Date(s): 1802-1898.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and financial papers of the American author James Russell Lowell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

43M-862, 43M-863, and 43M-864. Gift of James Burnett Lowell, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1944 June 23.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Russell Lowell Additional Papers, 1802-1898 (MS Am 1484). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Some items formerly shelved with this collection, have been moved to other call 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 (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

Primarily personal and professional letters to Lowell from a wide variety of correspondents, including his daughter Mabel Lowell Burnett and his father Charles Lowell. Personal letters discuss literature, poetry, and social and family news. The professional letters cover the period during Lowell's diplomatic career, primarily while minister to England. The collection includes letters of introduction, letters from autograph-seekers, some social letters to Maria White Lowell, 18th-century family papers, and a draft Act of the United States Continental Congress.

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