Guide to the Henry James Manuscript Collection

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Guide to the Henry James Manuscript Collection 1867/1912

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Henry James Manuscript Collection
Dates: 1867-1912
Identification: MS-0411
Creator: James, Henry, 1843-1916
Physical Description: 0.42 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Henry James was a novelist, essayist, and critic.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Topical Term:

James, Henry, 1843-1916 -- Correspondence
James, William, 1842-1910 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Henry James Manuscript Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

Henry James Book Collection
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Arrangement of Materials:

The items are arranged alphabetically by correspondent's last name, then chronologically. Items relating to Henry James are first, then other family members.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of fourteen outgoing letters from Henry James; one book review manuscript; one letter from William James; one letter from Henry James, Sr., and two letters presumed to be from Henry James, son of William James.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1

Colles [William Morris]. ALS, 4 pages June 19th, 1899.

Scope and Contents

James writes from Rome and agrees to write a short story, setting forth several conditions.
Box 1

Holland, Dr. [Josiah]. ALS, 4 pages May 3rd

Scope and Contents

James informs Holland that he has posted to Holland a recently finished story, which he thinks "is quite as good as anything I have done." He promises the 4th and 5th installments within the month. He asks Holland for prompt payment. He adds a plea to the printers on the subject of typographical errors: "It is a great affliction to me in a thing of this importance that I don't see a proof. I write an abominable hand & my Ms. is rich in erasures, so that misprints are very easy; but I beg on my bended knees & with tears in my eyes that they be as nearly as possible avoided." [3, Bolton Street, Piccadilly. W.]
Box 1

Lang, Nora. ALs, 3 pages August 20th, 1912

Scope and Contents

Written to Mrs. Lang apparently upon the death of her husband, James writes about Mr. Lang's "extraordinary gifts" and "his so individual literary + scholarly figure." He ends by expressing his desire to come to London soon and by wishing her "all possible peace." [Lamb House, Rye, Sussex]
Box 1

Lindsay, Lady [Caroline Blanche Elizabeth]. ALS, 4 pages Friday, n. d.

Scope and Contents

James presents Lady Lindsay with two tickets to an unnamed play, and apologizes for not being able to grant her attention during "the misery + bewilderment of rehearsal." [34 De Vere Gardens. W.]
Box 1

Lindsay, Lady [Caroline Blanche Elizabeth]. ALS, 3 pages July 6th

Scope and Contents

James thanks Lady Lindsay for her "sketch" recently sent to him, and declares that "it can't fail to excite further sympathy with the capital cause...". He informs her that he is sending the magazine to America, and tell her he is feeling better, "[b]ut this inhuman summer puts a premium upon neuralgia." [3, Bolton Street, Piccadilly. W.]
Box 1

Lindsay, Lady [Caroline Blanche Elizabeth]. ALS, 2 pages. January 28th

Scope and Contents

In a brief note, James apologizes for not coming to see her, as he "had to go to Hampstead to see a dying friend--poor Cotter Morton." [34 De Vere Gardens W.]
Box 1

Lindsay, Lady [Caroline Blanche Elizabeth]. ALS, 8 pages August 23rd

Scope and Contents

From Dover, James writes Lady Lindsay to excuse him for not being in touch as his sister has been very ill and he was occupied with her lately. He says he will be abroad for a few weeks, and hopes to see her after his return. He hopes that "your wearisome ordeal is drawing to a close and that you are on the point of being restored to your friends."
Box 1

Lindsay, Lady [Caroline Blanche Elizabeth]. ALS, 10 pages October 18th

Scope and Contents

James thanks Lindsay for the book of her poetry that she recently sent to him [About Robins], and praises her efforts. She has apparently injured her ankle: "But surely rabbit-holes and ankles and sofas are minor matters, are indeed conscientious traps, when you turn your misfortunes to such account as in the delightful picture & poetry book." He praises her drawings, "reproduced by such an effective process, are full of observation + vividness." He promises to see her upon his return from Paris in six weeks. [34 De Vere Gardens]
Box 1

Lindsay, Lady [Caroline Blanche Elizabeth]. ALS, 4 pages November 4th, 1894

Scope and Contents

James thanks Lady Lindsay for her gift of the "charming volume" of her poetry, and praises her talents. He bemoans his own lack of talent writing verse. [34 De Vere Gardens. W.]
Box 1

Lindsay, Lady [Caroline Blanche Elizabeth]. ALS, 4 pages. July 31st, 1898

Scope and Contents

James writes from Rye and thanks Lady Lindsay for her note earlier in the month, and begs forgiveness for not having been in touch. He is anxious for news of her and asks for further contact. [Lamb House, Rye]
Box 1

Lindsay, Lady [Caroline Blanche Elizabeth]. ALS, 4 pages April 2nd, 1900

Scope and Contents

James asks forgiveness for not having been in touch, excusing himself by listing his many activities. He asks Lindsay to "do please send me as many of the beautiful little printlings as five shillings will purchase," and praises her poetry. He announces that he has just received word and is shocked to hear from Edith Peruzzi "the notification of poor dear gallant old Simone's death." He comments that he is worried about Edith and hopes she can come to England from Italy. [Lamb House, Rye]
Box 1

Terry, Ellen. ALS [fragment], 2 pages (5-6) unknown

Scope and Contents

James wishes Miss Terry all "peace and plenty, the highest possible good fortune" in her efforts, and assures her that Mr. Irving hopes the same. He notes the effort that must be involved in "mounting or presenting" a play, and admires her work at the Lyseum. [34 De Vere Gardens.W.]
Box 1

Terry, Ellen. ALS, 3 pages May 25th, 1895

Scope and Contents

James tells Miss Terry not to trouble to "send back my Scenario," as he has a duplicate for working purposes. [34 De Vere Gardens.W.]
Box 1

Terry, Dame Ellen. ALS, 2 pages September 7th, 1899

Scope and Contents

James thanks Miss Terry for the "wondrous green pouches - the beautiful fan-pockets, or pocket-fans." He hopes that she is well but fears "reality or rehearsal are again upon you." [Lamb House, Rye, Sussex]
Box 1

"Life and Letters of Madame Swetchine," manuscript book review 1867?

Box 1

Offprint, "The Science of Criticism," with added manuscript title page bearing title in author's hand and autograph

Box 1

William James to Mr. Hale, ALS, 3 pages December 23rd, 1907

Scope and Contents

William James discusses his desire to sell his part of an estate, and his opinion of Elizabethtown versus East Hill or Chocorna.
Box 1

Phelps, Mrs. ALs, 3 pages Friday, n.d.

Scope and Contents

By Henry James, son of William? Apologizes for double-booking engagements--his niece accepted an invitation in his absence. [28 Wilton Place, Belgrave Square]
Box 1

[unknown correspondent]. ALs, 2 pages May 26, 188?

Scope and Contents

By Henry James, son of William? Is enclosing small subscription to the Leeman Memorial Fund, and asks to be told if any further funds are ever needed. [28, Wilton Place, Belgrave Square]
Box 1

[unknown correspondent]. ALS, 4 pages January 10th, [1872]

Scope and Contents

By Henry James, Sr? He writes from Cambridge. He is apparently replying to an inquiry on his thoughts on spiritualism, and declares he has never been particularly interested in the subject and has "felt personally indifferent to the alleged manifestations." He does not believe in the authenticity of the communications. He refers the correspondent to his forthcoming article on spiritualism in The Atlantic Monthly, which will tell more than he can in a letter.