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HOLLIS 601653

Howe, Mark De Wolfe. Papers, 1933-1967: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601653
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howe, Mark De Wolfe, 1906-1967
Title: Mark De Wolfe Howe papers
Date(s): 1933-1967
Quantity: 29 boxes (5 Paige boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Various materials relating to Howe's professional and teaching activities, his interest in American and English legal history, and his work in behalf of various civil rights, civil liberties, and national and local political causes; together with diary kept while secretary to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, miscellaneous biographical papers, and notebooks (1930-1933) kept while a student at Harvard Law School.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The papers of Mark De Wolfe Howe, law professor, law school dean and legal scholar, were presented to the Harvard Law School in September, 1974 as a gift by his widow, Mary Manning Howe.
Addenda in Box 30 was donated by Fanny Howe, Mark De Wolfe Howe's daughter, in 2007.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright. Literary rights in the unpublished writings of Mark De Wolfe Howe, including literary rights to the diary which he kept while serving as Justice Holmes' secretary, have been retained by Mary Manning Howe.

Historical/Biographical Information





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Scope and Content

The 6,300 items in the papers of Mark De Wolfe Howe (1906-1967) span the years 1933 to 1967. There is a certain amount of correspondence post-dating Mark Howe's death, between Professor John Mansfield, Howe's daughter, Fanny, and correspondents of Professor Howe who were solicited for letters of Mark Howe's in their possession or for Xerox copies of such letters.
The collection includes correspondence; memoranda; minutes of meetings; reports; transcripts; legal documents; press releases; research notes; financial statements; form letters; telegrams; drafts and typescripts of writings, speeches, and special lectures; teaching notes; index cards; news clippings; printed items; and photographs.
The papers of Mark De Wolfe Howe related to his professional activities as law teacher and legal scholar, to his involvement in the civil rights movement, his work with civil rights organizations, and his championship of parties in civil rights cases who were defending their civil rights, either as defendants or plaintiffs.
Professor Howe's main teaching interests were in the fields of legal history, both British and American, and in constitutional law in general and First Amendment problems in particular. He kept a considerable amount of his teaching and research notes for his courses in American Legal History, Church and State, Development of Law and Legal Institutions, and so-called "Social Science" courses he taught in Harvard College. There is also a small amount of material on courses in Admiralty and Equity.
Professor Howe's writings, speeches and special lectures also reflect his particular interest in American and English legal history and in civil rights causes. He delivered special lectures at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts (1950), Williamsburg, Virginia (1957), Villanova University Law School (1957), Princeton (1961), The Frank L. Weil Institute, Cincinnati (1964), and Louisville, Kentucky (1966); he also read papers before many scholarly societies, both national and local. Most of these lectures and papers have been published, and Professor Howe retained some of his research material, drafts, and correspondence regarding publication or the arrangements for delivery of speeches and papers.
Publication projects of other than his own writings in which Mark Howe assisted in various capacities were The Adams Papers, the James Fenimore Cooper Letters, and the Webster Papers Project. Civil liberties endeavors and organizations with which he was closely and actively associated and for which he kept files were the
He also kept files for his participation in local and national political issues, mostly in indirect ways through letters to the editor and board membership of organizations such as the National Committee for an Effective Congress.
Major civil rights cases in which Professor Howe supported those whose civil rights had been threatened or infringed upon were the Furry case (United States v. Wendell H. Furry) 1954-1955; the Futorian case (Futorian v. Foster), 1965-1966; the Ginzberg case, 1966; Markham casethe , 1953; the Scales case, 1961-1962; and the Stamler case, 1965-1966.
Professor Howe's correspondence is of a professional-scholarly nature, relating to his broad scope of interests. Among his correspondents were:
Mark De Wolf Howe's research materials for his books and articles about Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, for his editions of Holmes' diaries, speeches, and letters, and correspondence relating to these publications, were deposited with the Holmes Papers in the Harvard Law School Library. They are listed in the Inventory to the Holmes Papers, pages 77-89.

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Additional Index Terms

Law -United States.
Civil rights.
Church and state.
Law -History.
Law teachers.
Bickel, Alexander M.
Biddle, Francis, 1886-1968.
Boorstin, Daniel J. (Daniel Joseph), 1914-
Brewster, Kingman, 1919-
Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959.
Clark, Grenville, 1882-1967.
Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-
Cowan, Arthur W. A.
Drinan, Robert F.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Gianella, Donald A.
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
Hiss, Alger.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.
Howe, Mark De Wolfe, 1906-1967.
Hurst, James Willard, 1910-
Jones, Howard Mumford, 1892-
Kurland, Philip B.
Levy, Leonard Williams, 1923-
Malone, Dumas, 1892-
Moran, Benjamin, 1820-1886.
Morgan, Donald G.
Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974.
Pfeffer, Leo, 1910-
Richardson, Elliot L., 1920-
Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, 1917-
Touster, Saul.
Westin, Alan F.
Wiener, Frederick Bernays.
Wu, Ching-hsiung, 1899-