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Scope and Content
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.
Letters from Agustin Ruiz de Santayana have typescript carbon English translations. The translations are not on microfilm
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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.
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
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.
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
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.