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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2023

William Dean Howells papers


Essays and other manuscripts by the American writer William Dean Howells.


  • 1847-1965

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Writings of William Dean Howells, including essays, autobiographical writings, the novel Their Silver Wedding Journey, and fragments of the novel Their Wedding Journey; one letter, 1918, from Howells to his son John N. M. Howells; and engagement calendars and address book, 1892-1957, of Mildred Howells, Howells' daughter. Also includes papers relating to the Howells Edition prepared at Indiana University.

Biographical / Historical

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters. He served as United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), as editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881), and as editor of Cosmopolitan (1881-1892).


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*83M-48. Gift of Polly Howells Werthman; received: 1985.
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. William Dean Howells papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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