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Henry James collection

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 830

Scope and Contents

The Henry James Collection is comprised of correspondence, writings, personal papers, and printed material by and about the American author Henry James.

The majority of correspondence consists of outgoing letters sent from James to recipients, most notably his literary agent James B. Pinker, author William Edward Norris, and publishers. The collection also includes correspondence between James B. Pinker and James' nephew, Henry James, and sister-in-law, Alice Howe Gibbens James.

Autograph manuscripts and proofs provide insight into James' creative process. James' autograph manuscript, corrected, for "The Pension Beaurepas" can be found in the collection; the Beinecke Library acquired pages 1-13 in 1951 and pages 14-169 in 1982. Pages 1-13 of "The Pension Beaurepas" were bound with an autograph manuscript of The Europeans before they arrived at the Beinecke Library and they have not been separated. James' work on "New England: An Autumn Impression" can be traced from autograph manuscript drafts and corrected galley proofs to the final printed version. Printed material includes the published versions of James' writings, including "New England: An Autumn Impression," as well as scholarship about James.

Personal papers include a photograph of James with Mrs. Humphry Ward and a cancelled check received by James from Ticknor and Fields.

Dates

  • 1867-1983

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Henry James Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various sources. For more information see notes for each acquisition.

Arrangement

Organized into four groupings: 1910-1959 Acquisitions, 1982 Acquisition, 1992 Acquisition, and Printed Material.

Extent

3.13 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.jamesh

Overview

The Henry James Collection is comprised of correspondence, writings, personal papers, and printed material by and about the American author Henry James. The majority of correspondence consists of letters sent from James to recipients, most notably his literary agent James B. Pinker, author William Edward Norris, and publishers. The collection also includes correspondence between James B. Pinker and James' nephew, Henry James, and sister-in-law, Alice Howe Gibbens James. Autograph manuscripts for "The Pension Beaurepas," The Europeans, and "New England: An Autumn Impression," can be found in the collection. Personal papers include a photograph of James with Mrs. Humphry Ward and a cancelled check received by James from Ticknor and Fields.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Henry James (1843-1916), American writer.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing in 2014, including rehousing and minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, identified by a unique call number and titled according to month and year of acquisition.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

Former call numbers: Za James, Uncat ZA MS 24, Uncat ZA MS 262, and Za J233 +1.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Henry James Collection
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2009-06-30
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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