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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1877.1

E. W. Howe additional papers


Primarily correspondence of American newspaper editor and author E. W. Howe.


  • 1872-1969

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Includes letters written to Edward and Adeline Howe discussing Edward Howe's writing, the discontinuation of E.W. Howe's monthly magazine, solicitations for autographs, and a note from the Calumet Magazine asking him to write an article about his experiences writing The Story of a Country Town. Also discussed are personal finance issues, including tax returns and business papers, and researchers asking for information on E.W. Howe. Collection also contains last will of E.W. Howe, postcards, proof of shares in McCormick Distilling Company, various newspaper clippings, a manuscript entitled Disappearance of Old West, various photographs of the Howe family, postcards featuring E.W. Howe, and a decorative wall hanging.

Biographical / Historical

Howe was an American newspaper editor and author, best known for his grim portrayal of small town life, The Story of a Country Town.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Edgar Watson Howe
  2. II. Letters by Edgar Watson Howe
  3. III. Letters to Adelaide Howe
  4. IV. Other letters
  5. V. Compositions
  6. VI. Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

71M-109. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from Mr. Arthur B. Howe, Art Howe & Company, 811 Kansas Avenue Atchison, Kansas; received: 1972 May 15.

Processing Information

Processing Information A portion of this collection is housed in Box 55 of MS Am 1877.
Link to catalog
Howe, E. W. (Edgar Watson), 1853-1937. E. W. Howe additional papers, 1872-1969: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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