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MS Am 2023

Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. William Dean Howells papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2023
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
Title: William Dean Howells papers,
Date(s): 1847-1965.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Essays and other manuscripts by the American writer William Dean Howells.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*83M-48. Gift of Polly Howells Werthman; received: 1985.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Dean Howells Papers (MS Am 2023). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters. He served as United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), as editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881), and as editor of Cosmopolitan (1881-1892).


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Writings of William Dean Howells, including essays, autobiographical writings, the novel Their Silver Wedding Journey, and fragments of the novel Their Wedding Journey; one letter, 1918, from Howells to his son John N. M. Howells; and engagement calendars and address book, 1892-1957, of Mildred Howells, Howells' daughter. Also includes papers relating to the Howells Edition prepared at Indiana University.

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