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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2128

Howe family additional papers


Papers of American author and suffragist Julia Ward Howe, of her daughters Elizabeth Howe Richards and Maud Howe Elliott, and of granddaughter Rosalind Richards.


  • Creation: 1863-1942

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

First part of the collection consists of letters written to Maud Howe Elliott by various correspondents, discussing daily life, literature discussions, and the literary works of the Howe family. Several letters from William Henry Hurlbut written while he was in Europe discuss the details of his life there and the welfare of mutual acquaintances. The second part of the collection consists of an 1863 diary of Julia Ward Howe, recording her expenditures and daily activities, a folder of contemporary translations of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and a composition by Julia Ward Howe about the Massachusetts governor.

Biographical / Historical

Julia Ward Howe was the author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and other works, and a women's suffrage and club leader and lecturer; her daughters were authors Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards and Maud Howe Elliott (and others), and her granddaughter was Rosalind Richards (the donor).


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Maud Howe Elliott
  2. II. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

49M-158-49M-164F. Gift of Miss Rosalind Richards of Gardiner, Maine; received: 1950.

Howe family. Howe family additional papers, 1863-1942: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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