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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1756

Lucien Howe papers

Letters of thanks and congratulations to American ophthalmologist Lucien Howe.


  • 1892-1940
  • Majority of material found in 1907-1931

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, German, and French.

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.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Chiefly correspondence; the collection has a few distinct foci. The 98 letters to Howe were either written in thanks for his books, mainly Muscles of the Eye (1907-1908), or were written in 1925 to congratulate him on the celebration of his 50 years in the practice of medicine. Letters by Howe mostly respond to the 1925 event; a few discuss his laboratory. The 50 letters to his wife express sympathy on his death or thank her for the book she wrote about him. Third party correspondence pertains to the 1925 celebratory dinner for Howe. Also contains a few articles and abstracts by Howe, correspondence with Mrs. Howe concerning the Lucien Howe Library of Ophthalmology, memorials, and a scrapbook of clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Howe, an ophthalmologist, was founder of the Buffalo Eye and Ear Infirmary (1876), author of the New York State Howe Law which first made prophylaxis of the eyes of the newborn compulsory, author of a standard text on ocular muscles, and donor-in-chief and first director of the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Lucien Howe
  2. II. Letters to Elizabeth Mehaffey Howe
  3. III. Other letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*63M-218. Gift of Mrs. Lucien Howe; 14 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1940.
Howe, Lucien, 1848-1928. Lucien Howe papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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