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George Santayana papers, 1880-1946

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1108
Bib ID 4079298 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Santayana, George, 1863-1952
Title George Santayana papers, 1880-1946
Physical Description 10 linear feet (22 boxes)
Language(s) English , Spanish; Castilian .

This collection is located on-site.

Reader must use microfilm.

This collection has no restrictions.



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Scope and Contents

Letters from Agustin Ruiz de Santayana have typescript carbon English translations. The translations are not on microfilm.

Correspondence of Santayana, including letters of a philosophical nature from Santayana to Henry Ward Abbot, 1886-1933, written from various cities in Europe and relating incidents of Santayana's daily life; letters from Santayana to Mr and Mrs Wendell T. Bush, 1911-1946, written from various cities in Europe and discussing various philosophical subjects and the publication of some of Santayana's works; a letter from Henry W. Longfellow to C.F. Bradford; and 109 letters from Santayana's father, Agustin Ruiz de Santayana (in Spanish). Also, manuscripts, chiefly holograph, of many of Santayana's works; and several books from Santayana's library. Correspondents include his father, Agustin Ruiz de Santayana, G. Buchler, Wendell T. Bush, Daniel Cory, Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, Lieutenant Garcia, Hannibal Ingalls Kimball, Andrew J. Onderdonk, Mr. Sachs, and Benjamin P. Schwartz.

2016 addition: Sixty letters from Santayana to his friend, Baron Albert von Westenholz of Hamburg, 1903-1937, as well as some additional letter, manuscripts, photographs and drawings.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

Reader must use microfilm.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George Santayana papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

Most correspondence and certain manuscripts available on: microfilm.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.

2 a.l.s. to G.Bullett Cataloged HR 08/10/1993.

2 a.l.s. To G. Seldes & essay "Carnival" Cataloged HR 08/04/1995.

GS letter to E.W. Bok Cataloged HR 05/23/1996.

GS letter to E.W. Bok Cataloged HR 10/21/1996.

25 Santayana letters to Mr & Mrs W.T. Bush Cataloged HR 03/05/1998.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Autobiographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Abbot, Henry Ward Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bradford, C. F Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buchler, G Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bullett, Gerald, 1893-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bush, Wendell T., 1866-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cory, Daniel, 1904- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dickinson, G. Lowes (Goldsworthy Lowes), 1862-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Edman, Irwin, 1896-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Europe -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Garcia, Lt Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kimball, H. I (Hannibal Ingalls), 1832-1895 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Onderdonk, Andrew J Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophy -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sachs, Lt Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Santayana, Agustin Ruiz de Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schwartz, Benjamin P Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Seldes, Gilbert, 1893-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Westenholtz, Albert von Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Philosopher, author, professor of philosophy, Harvard University, 1889-1912. Santayana was born in Spain and reared in Boston. He graduated from Harvard, 1886, and after study in Germany and England, received his Ph.D. from Harvard, 1889. After 1914 he made his home in Europe, first in France and England, and thereafter in Italy. He is known as both a philosopher and a man of letters.