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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Can 59-59.3

Joseph Howe additional papers


Letterbook and poems of Canadian statesman Joseph Howe.


  • 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.


.3 linear feet (4 volumes)

Contains genealogy book of the Howe family, including birth and death information, employment history, and stories told by family members. Collection also includes poetry and essays by Howe. Letter book includes letters by Howe concerning "Howe's Poems and Essays" to the books printer discussing design and cost. Howe also wrote to many booksellers, and tried to convince them to sell copies. Some of these booksellers cheated him out of money, and the letters also document the failure of the published work.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

45M-39 and 46M-24F - 46M-26. Gift of Dr. William Inglis Morse , 17 Fresh Pond Parkway Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1945 and 1946 October 2.

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

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