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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Can 58-58.1

Joseph Howe papers


Correspondence of Canadian statesman Joseph Howe and documents relating to his political career.


  • 1821-1909

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.


4 linear feet (8 boxes)

Correspondence, including letters by Howe to his wife and children; lectures; reports; notes; and official documents relating to Howe's political career. Also contains clippings,and correspondence of Sydenham Howe, Joseph Howe's son, including letters concerning publication of Joseph Howe's poems and essays.

Biographical / Historical

Howe was a Canadian statesman from Nova Scotia. He was a leading member of the Reformers and a champion of responsible self-government.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Can 58: Letters to various persons
  2. II. MS Can 58.1: Other papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

44M-241 - 44M-245. Gift of Dr. William Inglis Morse, 17 Fresh Pond Parkway Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1944 November 1.

46M-17F - 46M-23F. Received: 1946 October 2.

Howe, Joseph, 1804-1873. Joseph Howe papers, 1821-1909: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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