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MC 730

Howe family. Additional papers of the Julia Ward Howe family, 1758-1984 (inclusive), 1813-1945 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 730
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Howe family
Title: Additional papers of the Julia Ward Howe family, 1758-1984 (inclusive), 1813-1945 (bulk)
Date(s): 1758-1984
Date(s): 1813-1945
Quantity: 3.17 linear feet (2 file boxes, 1 folio box, 1 folio+ box) plus 1 photograph folder, 3 folio folders, 1 oversize folder, 1 supersize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, notebooks, diaries of the Julia Ward Howe family, centering around her husband, siblings, and children.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 93-M48, 93-M75, 94-M33, 2008-M142
These addenda to the papers of the Julia Ward Howe family were given to the Schlesinger Library between 1993 and 2008 by Julia Ward Howe's descendants, Margaret Hall McRory and Camilla O. McRory.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 2012
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Howe family is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Howe family Additional papers, 1758-1984; item description, dates. MC 730, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of the Julia Ward Howe family, 1787-1984 ((MC 272)) and Papers of Julia Ward Howe,1857-1961 (A-24).

SEPARATION RECORD

Donors: Margaret Hall McRory and Camilla O. McRory
Accession numbers: 93-M48, 93-M75, 94-M33, 2008-M142
Processed by: Anne Engelhart
The following items have been removed from the collection:

BIOGRAPHY

Author and reformer, Julia Ward Howe was perhaps best known as the author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and was also active in and widely respected for her leadership in a variety of organizations, including the New England Women's Club and the American Woman Suffrage Association. In 1843 she married Samuel Gridley Howe, director of the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston; he did not approve of married women's involvement in public life and Julia Ward Howe therefore spent the next two decades bringing up six children (Julia, Florence, Laura, Henry, Maud, and Samuel), and studying, reading, and writing. An effective speaker, Howe was invited to lecture and preach all over the United States. Many of her lectures were published. She also published numerous poems and articles, was a frequent contributor to the Woman's Journal, edited Sex and Education (1874), and published two books: Memoir of Samuel Gridley Howe (1876) and Life of Margaret Fuller (1883). She was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1908).

SCOPE AND CONTENT

These addenda to the papers of the Julia Ward Howe family include correspondence principally of Samuel Gridley Howe (much of it referring to his work at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind), Florence Howe Hall and her husband David Prescott Hall, and John Howe Hall; diaries and notebooks; memorabilia including Julia Ward Howe's hair, lace cap, and a fan; playbills, ticket stubs, programs, clippings and other printed material; documents relating to Helen Keller and the charges of plagiarism surrounding her re-use of Margaret T. Canby's work; correspondence with Laura Bridgman and her family; early family documents such as a release bond and a State Department circular; photographs; etc.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Blind--Education--Massachusetts
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Diaries
Bridgman, Laura Dewey, 1829-1889
Crawford, Thomas, 1813 or 1814-1857
Elliott, Maude Howe, 1854-1948
Hall, David Prescott, 1845-1907
Hall family
Hall, Florence Howe, 1845-1922
Howe, Henry Marion, 1848-1922
Howe, John Hall, 1881-1953
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Howe, S. G. (Samuel Gridley), 1801-1876
Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
Longfellow, Henry W. (Henry Wadsworth), 1895-1986
Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind
Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917
Sigourney, L. H. (Lydia Howard), 1791-1865

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