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Henry James Collection
McMaster University, Mills Memorial Library

James, Henry; American literature

Established in 1968, the collection has been built up through acquisitions from booksellers. In 1977, the size of the collection was doubled by the purchase of the Simon Nowell-Smith Collection of Henry James.

About ninety per cent of James' items are present. Some rare items, multiple copies, and many variant editions make the collection comprehensive. Also included are a few of James' letters. The chronological emphasis is on the period from 1870 to 1970. Gaps in the collection are filled by purchases, when material is available from booksellers.


500 monographs.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in the library's online catalogues. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in OCLC. Special bibliographies include an annotated copy of the Edel and Laurence bibliography, A Bibliography of Henry James (Oxford; New York : Clarendon Press, 1982).

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area which is open to the public. For further information about the collection visit: For information about access to the collection visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Only to selected libraries on IUTS.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Whiteman, Bruce. -- "The Henry James Collection at McMaster University". -- The Henry James review. -- Vol. 5, no. 1 (Fall 1983). -- Baton Rouge, La. : Henry James Society, 1983.