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MS Am 1320

Adams, Henry, 1838-1918. Henry Adams letters to Rebecca Dodge Rae, 1885-1912: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1320
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Adams, Henry, 1838-1918.
Title: Henry Adams letters to Rebecca Dodge Rae,
Date(s): 1885-1912.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.12 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters of the American writer Henry Adams to Rebecca Dodge Rae.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

53M-109. Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Rae, 1921 Kalorama Road, Washington 9, D. C.; received: 1954 January 27.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Adams Letters to Rebecca Dodge Rae, 1885-1912 (MS Am 1320). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Adams was an American novelist, historian, and social critic. Rae was a friend of Adams' wife, Marian (Clover) Adams.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Letters from Adams to Rae discuss Adams' travel abroad, Rae's engagement, American involvement in the war, Samoan culture, the death of Adams' mother and Rae's husband, and Adams' recovery from a stroke. Most of the letters either share or ask for news of mutual friends and family. Adams also frequently describes his boredom with society and his thoughts on aging and death.

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