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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2195

Julia Ward Howe papers concerning the Battle Hymn of the Republic


Papers concerning the Battle Hymn of the Republic by author and suffragist Julia Ward Howe.


  • 1897-1906


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes manuscripts in the hand of Julia Ward Howe, a facsimile of her first draft, notes, letters, radio scripts, and printed matter concerning the hymn.

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. In Feb. 1862, the Atlantic Monthly published her poem "Battle hymn of the Republic," which she wrote during a visit to an army camp near Washington, D.C. in 1861.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-115 - 59M-119. Gift of the children of Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards and Henry Richards: Henry Howe Richards, John Richards, Rosalind Richards, Julia Ward Shaw, and Laura Elizabeth Wiggins; received: 1959 December.

Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910. Julia Ward Howe papers concerning the Battle Hymn of the Republic, 1897-1906: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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