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MS Am 183.32

Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell letters to the Howe family, 1845-1872: 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 183.32
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891.
Title: James Russell Lowell letters to the Howe family,
Date(s): 1845-1872.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from American author, poet, editor, teacher, and diplomat James Russell Lowell to Estes and Lois Lilly Howe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Presented to Harvard College on the occasion of its Tercentenary celebration in memory of Estes Howe (A.B. 1832; M.D. 1835) and his wife Lois Lilly Howe and their sons Samuel Howe (A.B. 1871) andJames Robbins Howe (A.B. 1881) by their daughter Lois Lilley Howe, of 2 Appleton St., Cambridge, Mass; received: August 17, 1936.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Russell Lowell Letters to the Howe Family, 1845-1872 (MS Am 183.32). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Lowell was an author, poet, editor, teacher, and diplomat. He edited The Atlantic Monthly (1857-1861), and with Charles Eliot Norton, The North American Review (1864- ); was professor of French and Spanish Languages and Literatures at Harvard (1855-1886) succeeding Longfellow; and U.S. minister to Spain (1877-1880) and to England (1880-1885). Estes Howe and his wife Lois Lilly Howe lived in Cambridge, Mass.

Scope and Contents

Contains letters to the Howe family, including dinner invitations, family news, and a description of a woman whom Lowell was in love with and wanted to marry. Lowell also describes his travels in Italy and Germany. Collection contains various poems, including To the False One, manuscript Versus for the Burns Centenary, and a bill of fare for a dinner in Lowell's honor.

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