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MS Am 2119

Howe family. Howe family papers, 1819-1910: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, f, MS
Call No.: MS Am 2119
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howe family.
Title: Howe family papers
Date(s): 1819-1910
Quantity: 8 linear feet (32 boxes, 3 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and records of the Howe family of Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

44M-314, 45M-344, 46M-67, 46M-212. Gift of Miss Rosalind Richards in memory of Laura Elizabeth Richards; received: 1944-1945, and 1946 April and October.

Processing Information:

In July of 2003 this collection was rehoused and the items were renumbered. The letters themselves were numbered when the original finding aid was prepared and no longer reflect their current item number. See internal file for concordance of old numbers to new numbers.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Howe Family Papers, 1819-1910 (MS Am 2119). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876) was director of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, Boston; his wife Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic and other works and a women's suffrage and club leader and lecturer; their daughters were authors Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards and Maud Howe Elliott (and others). Their granddaughter was Rosalind Richards (the donor).


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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, journals, compositions and other papers of Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe, and materials relating to other Howe family members.

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