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MS Am 2265

Richards, Henry. Drawings for Sketches & scraps: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2265
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Richards, Henry.
Title: Henry Richards drawings for Sketches & scraps,
Date(s): 1881 and 1941
Quantity: .3 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: Original drawings and watercolors by Henry Richards for the children's book by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Sketches & scraps.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*46M-237. Gift of Miss Rosalind Richards, Gardiner, Maine; received: 1947 Mar. 6.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Richards Drawings for Sketches & Scraps (MS Am 2265). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Laura E. Richards (1850-1943) was the daughter of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, founder of the Perkins School for the Blind, and Julia Ward Howe, social reformer and lyricist of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." In 1871 she married Henry Richards (1848-1949; Harvard College A.B. 1871), architect and industrialist. In 1876 they moved to Gardiner, Maine for Henry to manage the family paper mills. Laura Richards wrote more than ninety works, mostly in the fields of children's literature and biography. One of her early publications was a book of nonsense verses, Sketches & scraps (1881) that was illustrated by her husband Henry. Laura Richards won the Pulitzer prize for Biography in 1917 with her sister Maude Howe Elliott, for Julia Ward Howe.


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Scope and Contents

63 original pen and ink and watercolor drawings, some with autograph manuscript text (in unidentified hand) for the children's book of nonsense verses: Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards. Sketches & scraps; with pictures by Henry Richards. Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1881. Lacks drawings for cover, p. 21, and p. 59.
Also includes a 1941 clipping concerning the publication of this book.

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