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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1212-1212.4

William Dean Howells additional papers


Manuscripts of American novelist and editor William Dean Howells.


  • 1874-1943

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (5 volumes )

Various autograph manuscripts including Police Report, The suicidal reformer, and others, together with an envelope of newspaper clippings and offprints concerning Howells. Also includes a poem on Thomas Bailey Aldrich, accompanied by a note to Lillian Woodman Aldrich and a photograph of Howells.

Biographical / Historical

William Dean Howells was an American novelist and man of letters, the United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), editor of the Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1891-1892), and a champion of realism in literature.


Arranged in call number order.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various sources, on various dates. See individual items for full accession information.

Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. William Dean Howells additional papers, 1874-1943: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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