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MS Am 1756

Howe, Lucien, 1848-1928. Lucien Howe papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1756
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howe, Lucien, 1848-1928.
Title: Lucien Howe papers,
Date(s): 1892-1940 (inclusive),1907-1931 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, German, and French.
Abstract: Letters of thanks and congratulations to American ophthalmologist Lucien Howe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*63M-218. Gift of Mrs. Lucien Howe; 14 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1940.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Lucien Howe Papers (MS Am 1756). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Howe, an ophthalmologist, was founder of the Buffalo Eye and Ear Infirmary (1876), author of the New York State Howe Law which first made prophylaxis of the eyes of the newborn compulsory, author of a standard text on ocular muscles, and donor-in-chief and first director of the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.


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Scope and Contents

Chiefly correspondence; the collection has a few distinct foci. The 98 letters to Howe were either written in thanks for his books, mainly Muscles of the Eye (1907-1908), or were written in 1925 to congratulate him on the celebration of his 50 years in the practice of medicine. Letters by Howe mostly respond to the 1925 event; a few discuss his laboratory. The 50 letters to his wife express sympathy on his death or thank her for the book she wrote about him. Third party correspondence pertains to the 1925 celebratory dinner for Howe. Also contains a few articles and abstracts by Howe, correspondence with Mrs. Howe concerning the Lucien Howe Library of Ophthalmology, memorials, and a scrapbook of clippings.

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