The James Family collection at Colby is a collection of correspondences, manuscripts, and published materials from the family of philosopher/psychologist William James (1842-1910) and novelist/critic Henry James (1843-1916) as well as biographies and writings about its members. The collection offers insight into the personal lives and relations of a Victorian family gifted with literary talent and plagued by mental and physical ailments.
Student scholarship: Read brief biographies of James Family members by 2016 summer research assistant Rose Nelson ’16.
The March 1970 issue of the Colby Library Quarterly focuses on the content and provenance of our James Family collection. A finding aid is in progress.
HIGHLIGHTED DONORS FOR THIS COLLECTION
Julius Seelye Bixler – primary donor
Colby Library Associates – primary donor