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MS Am 2355

Rankin, Henry William, recipient. Henry William Rankin letters from William and Henry James, 1895-1921: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2355
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rankin, Henry William, recipient.
Title: Henry William Rankin letters from William and Henry James,
Date(s): 1895-1921.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters on miracles and demonic possession from the American philosopher and psychologist William James and his son Henry James to the Rev. Henry W. Rankin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

67M-96. Deposited by Professor Richard Hocking, Madison, New Hampshire; received: 1967 December 28.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry William Rankin Letters from William and Henry James, 1895-1921 (MS Am 2355). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Rev. Henry W. Rankin of E. Northfield, Massachusetts, was the librarian at the Northfield Mount Hermon School. He corresponded with William James, the American philosopher and psychologist, concerning conversion, miracles, and demonic possession. William James's son Henry later edited the correspondence of his father and uncle (Henry James).


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Henry James and William James to Rankin, as well as two letters from Rankin to Harvard University's William Ernest Hocking, professor of philosophy. Also includes typescript of Josiah Royce's Lectures on Metaphysics.

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