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MS Am 1251

Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. William Dean Howells letters to Mildred Howells, 1894-1919: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1251
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
Title: William Dean Howells letters to Mildred Howells,
Date(s): 1894-1919.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from the American novelist William Dean Howells to his daughter Mildred Howells.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

51M-236. Deposited by Miss Mildred Howells, 63 Pine Street, Peterborough New Hampshire; received: 1952 May 29.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Dean Howells Letters to Mildred Howells, 1894-1919 (MS Am 1251). 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 well as editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1891-1892).


Arranged chronologically

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of letters written from William Dean Howell to his daughter Mildred. Letters discuss Mildred's travels in Europe and Bermuda, travel from Paris to New York City, language lessons in France, life in Kittery Point, Maine, and life in New York and what plays they have seen on Broadway. William also write extensively about Mildred's writing, including comments and critiques of poetry, getting the poems published in Scribner's and Harper's Bazaar, and settling financial matters with these publishing companies. William also writes of his finances, decorating and selling apartments in New York, personal finance and retirement, Mildred's garden in Maine, getting Mildred's wisdom teeth removed and author Bjornson.

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