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MS Am 1767

Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909. William Torrey Harris correspondence, 1874-1924: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1767
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909.
Title: William Torrey Harris correspondence,
Date(s): 1874-1924.
Quantity: 1 collection (9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of American educator and philosopher William Torrey Harris.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

65M-55. Gift of Edith Davidson Harris; received: 1965.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Torrey Harris Correspondence, 1874-1924 (MS Am 1767). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Harris was an educator and philosopher. He was superintendent of schools in St. Louis, Mo. (1867-1880) and U.S. Commissioner of Education (1889-1906). He founded the Journal of Speculative Philosophy in 1867 and was the leading exponent of Hegelianism in American philosophy.


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Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of 837 letters, 1874-1909, to Harris from Charles H. Ames, publisher with D. C. Heath & Co. and other firms; 69 letters, 1879-1909, to Harris from Edwin Doak Mead, editor, author, and social reformer; and 22 letters, 1878-1905, to Harris from Lucia True Ames Mead, feminist, reformer, and wife of Edwin Doak Mead. Also includes lists of writings by Harris, clippings and other printed material, and some letters to Ames and other members of Harris's family.

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