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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2127

Howe, Richards, and Robinson family papers


Correspondence and compositions by American author and suffragist Julia Ward Howe, by American author Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, and by American poet Edwin Arlington Robinson.


  • Creation: 1869-1961

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection was restricted until the restriction was removed by Mrs. Eliot T. Putnam (Laura Elizabeth Putnam, née Wiggins, 1914-2002) in June 2001.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.5 linear feet (1 box and 2 volumes)

Collection documents all three families and Gardiner, Maine. Includes correspondence, compositions, photograph, and notebooks of verse.

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 daughter was author Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, and her granddaughter was Rosalind Richards. Edwin Arlington Robinson was an American poet and acquaintance of the Howe/Richards family.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

62M-313 - 62M-328. Gift of Miss Rosalind Richards of Gardner, Maine; received: 1963.

Howe family. Howe, Richards, and Robinson family papers, 1869-1961: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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