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Collection of William James Materials

Identifier: JAMES-2

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence to some intellectual colleagues and family members, primarily Katherine Barber (James) Prince, clippings, two facsimiles, and photographs. Materials date from 1860s to approximately 1910, and clippings are dated from 1935-1941.


  • 1862 - 1941


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Digital cameras are permitted. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labelled him the "Father of American psychology."


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The collection contains correspondence to some family members and intellectual colleagues dated from 1860s to approximately 1910, clippings from 1935-1941, and photographs.


Materials arranged in four series: Correspondence from William James, Correspondence to William James, Manuscripts and Published Materials, Clippings.

Custodial History

Materials acquired via gift or purchase.


William James, 1842-1910.

Finding Aid to the Collection of William James Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.