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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 183.32

James Russell Lowell letters to the Howe family


Letters from American author, poet, editor, teacher, and diplomat James Russell Lowell to Estes and Lois Lilly Howe.


  • 1845-1872

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)
Contains letters to the Howe family, including dinner invitations, family news, and a description of a woman whom Lowell was in love with and wanted to marry. Lowell also describes his travels in Italy and Germany. Collection contains various poems, including To the False One, manuscript Versus for the Burns Centenary, and a bill of fare for a dinner in Lowell's honor.

Biographical / Historical

Lowell was an author, poet, editor, teacher, and diplomat. He edited The Atlantic Monthly (1857-1861), and with Charles Eliot Norton, The North American Review (1864- ); was professor of French and Spanish Languages and Literatures at Harvard (1855-1886) succeeding Longfellow; and U.S. minister to Spain (1877-1880) and to England (1880-1885). Estes Howe and his wife Lois Lilly Howe lived in Cambridge, Mass.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented to Harvard College on the occasion of its Tercentenary celebration in memory of Estes Howe (A.B. 1832; M.D. 1835) and his wife Lois Lilly Howe and their sons Samuel Howe (A.B. 1871) andJames Robbins Howe (A.B. 1881) by their daughter Lois Lilley Howe, of 2 Appleton St., Cambridge, Mass; received: August 17, 1936.
Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell letters to the Howe family, 1845-1872: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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