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HOLLIS 12642017

Howe, Mark DeWolfe. Research materials relating to life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1858-1968

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 12642017
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howe, Mark DeWolfe
Title: Mark DeWolfe Howe research materials relating to life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Date(s): 1858-1968
Quantity: 33 boxes (13.5 linear feet)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Research materials created or collected by Mark DeWolfe Howe in his capacity as the official biographer of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Mark DeWolfe Howe collection of research materials relating to the life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1858-1968 was donated to the President and Fellows of Harvard University by gift of deed on May 28, 1968, by Mary Manning Howe, widow of Mark DeWolfe Howe.

Processing Information:

In 2011 the collection known as the Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935), Papers 1637-1967, was reprocessed by Margaret Peachy. Five new collections were created from this one collection:
  • The John G. Palfrey (1875-1945)Collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Papers, 1715-1938;
  • The Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Materials On Oliver WendellHolmes, Jr., 1858-1968;
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,Addenda, 1818-1978;
  • The Edward J. Holmes Collection ofOliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Materials, 1853-1944;
  • Letters from Holmes to Lady Castleton Small ManuscriptCollection.
  • The decision to reprocess the original Holmes papers was based primarily on two factors. First, the original Holmes donation (i.e. the material gathered by his executor John G. Palfrey) had been corrupted by the inclusion of additional material over many years from various sources, which combined to create a collection that misrepresented the original donation. Second, this practice of adding to the original collection resulted in a complex and difficult to use finding aid.

    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 Historical and 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 Historical and 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.

    Existence and Location of Copies:

    The entirety of the Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Materials On Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1858-1968 has been digitized. To access individual folders, please click the appropriate link in the container list below. This collection also comprises part of the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Digital Suite , which brings together all of the digitized holdings of the Harvard Law School Library by or about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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    Scope and Contents

    The Mark DeWolfe Howe (MDH) Research materials relating to the life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. represents a collection of materials created or collected by Howe during the process of writing the biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Howe did not complete this project but did succeed in publishing Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Shaping Years, 1841-1870 and The Proving Years, 1870-1882. The bulk of MDH's materials is from the 1940s, while the OWH material in this collection spans from the 1860s to the 1930s.
    The correspondence series are primarily MDH's transcripts of original letters in the OWH collection. Some transcripts are of letters written by OWH, but the originals are held at another repository. However, there is some original correspondence in the collection which was collected by MDH in the process of researching OWH's life. There is also some correspondence between MDH and donors. Mixed in with some of the correspondence are some of MDH's handwritten notes.

    Container List

    Additional Index Terms

    United States. Supreme Court.
    Lawyers.
    Judges.
    Adams, Henry, 1838-1918.
    Ames, James Barr, 1846-1910.
    Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
    Bryce, James, Viscount, 1838-1922.
    Castletown, Clare, Lady.
    Cohen, Morris Raphael, 1880-1947.
    Curtis, Ellen A.
    Einstein, Lewis, 1877-1967.
    Ford, Franklin, 1848-1918.
    Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
    Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910.
    Gray, Nina.
    Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
    Holmes, Fanny Bowditch Dixwell, 1840-1929.
    Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894.
    Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.
    Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
    Howe, Mark De Wolfe, 1906-1967.
    Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
    James, Henry, 1843-1916.
    James, William, 1842-1910.
    Kaneko, Kentaro, 1853-1942.
    Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950.
    Palfrey, John Gorham, 1796-1881.
    Pollock, Frederick, Sir, 1845-1937.
    Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964.
    Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
    Scott, Ethel.
    Scott, Leslie, Lord.
    Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
    Thayer, James Bradley, 1831-1902.
    Thayer, James Bradley, 1831-1902.
    Wigmore, John Henry, 1863-1943.
    Wigmore, John Henry, 1863-1943.
    Wister, Owen, 1860-1938.
    Wu, Ching-hsiung, 1899-

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