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MS Thr 1027

Howe, Helen, 1905-1975. Helen Howe papers, 1927-1967: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 1027
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howe, Helen, 1905-1975.
Title: Helen Howe papers,
Date(s): 1927-1967.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English
Abstract: Papers of Amercan monologist and author Helen Howe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. A few items transferred from Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America; received: 1982.
Bulk of items from unknown sources, unknown dates.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Suzanne E. Sutherland

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Helen Howe Papers, 1927-1967 (MS Thr 1027). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Additional papers of Helen Howe are held by the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America: Howe, Helen, 1905-1975. Papers, 1872-1975 (inclusive) andHowe, Helen, 1905-1975. Additional papers, 1872-1975 (inclusive).

Biographical / Historical

Monologuist and author Helen Howe studied acting with Georges Vitray in France, joined the New York Theater Guild, performed to critical acclaim in the United States and London, toured with "Community Concerts" during World War II, and wrote several novels and a family history. Her parents, Mark Anthony Dewolfe Howe and Fanny Quincy Howe, were writers. Her brothers were Quincy Howe, an editor and radio commentator, and Mark DeWolfe Howe, a Harvard law professor. Howe married Reginald Allen, curator of the Gilbert and Sullivan collection at the Morgan Library in New York City, and formerly an administrator of the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra.


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Scope and Contents

Collection includes scripts for over 75 of Helen Howe's monologues. Also included are several unfinished drafts and short stories that were never published as well as radio scripts for on-air performances. The collection also includes programs and promotional materials as well as some correspondence, largely regarding booking appearances. A ledger detailing performance information between 1927 and 1945 is also included.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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