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MS Am 1371.8

Santayana, George, 1863-1952. George Santayana letters to Boylston Adams Beal, 1893-1941: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1371.8
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Santayana, George, 1863-1952.
Title: George Santayana letters to Boylston Adams Beal,
Date(s): 1893-1941.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.01 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from Harvard philosophy professor George Santayana to his Harvard classmate Boylston Adams Beal.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

43M-240. Gift of Boylston A. Beal, 108 Beacon Street Boston, Mass; received: 1943 November 2.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Santayana Letters to Boylston Adams Beal, 1893-1941 (MS Am 1371.8). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Santayana was a philosopher, poet, and author. He taught philosophy at Harvard, 1889-1911. Beal and Santayana were classmates at Harvard College.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters written from George Santayana to Boylston Adams Beal about life in Boston, and also life in Italy when he was living there later in life. The letters discuss Santayana's ideas for books, retirement, research for books, news from Harvard University and the Harvard Club, personal financial difficulties, and the difficulties Santayana faced with living in Italy during World War II. .

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