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MS Am 1352

Santayana, George, 1863-1952. George Santayana letters to Mary Stedman Williams Winslow, 1908-1923: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1352
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Santayana, George, 1863-1952.
Title: George Santayana letters to Mary Stedman Williams Winslow,
Date(s): 1908-1923.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.08 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters of the American philosopher George Santayana to Mary Stedman Williams Winslow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

53M-190. Gift of Mrs. Frederick Winslow; received: 1940-1943.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research use.
Formerly restricted against use in the lifetime of George Santayana and now released.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Santayana Letters to Mary Stedman Williams Winslow, 1908-1923 (MS Am 800.40). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

See also bMS Am 800.40 for additional letters sent to Mary Winslow, and list of these Santayana letters.

Biographical / Historical

Santayana was an American philosopher, teacher, and writer.
Mary Stedman Williams was born in Buffalo, New York in 1875 and was educated in Buffalo and Europe. On 1 October 1902 she married Frederick Bradlee Winslow (1873-1937). Frederick and Mary resided in Boston, where he was a prominent physician. Mary was known for her expertise in classical Greek. Their children were Mary (known as Polly), born in 1908, and Frederick Jr, born in 1910.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters from Santayana to Mrs. Winslow (also one letter to her daughter Polly) chiefly written while he was living in Europe. Early letters focus on descriptions of his travels through Europe. Later letters cover topics such as the political state of Europe and Santayana's writing.

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