Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, a typescript, correspondence, and financial documents. The manuscript material includes holograph poems, articles, and essays, as well as manuscript poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson in Edward Waldo Emerson's hand, and a review by Bret Harte in Harte's hand. The correspondence includes letters, dating from 1841 to 1890, from the author to Charles Frederick Briggs, Robert Carter, Eliza Callahan Cleveland, James T. Fields, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Francis Heath, Sir Frederick Locker-Lampson, Julia Prinsep Jackson Stephen, Sir Leslie Stephen, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bayard Taylor, George Ticknor, Francis H. Underwood, Mary Augusta Arnold Ward, John Greenleaf Whittier, and others. The correspondence also includes letters relating to the author, dating from 1875 to 1903, between various correspondents including George Granville Bradley, Sir Leslie Stephen, Mabel Lowell Burnett, Julia Prinsep Jackson Stephen, George H. Duckworth, Edward Waldo Emerson, Charles Eliot Norton, Sir Edmund William Gosse, O. W. Holmes, Henry James, and others. There are letters to Lowell from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Makepeace Thackeray, and others, dating from  to 1858.
The James Russell Lowell collection of papers are arranged in two series: