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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1027

Helen Howe papers,

Papers of Amercan monologist and author Helen Howe.


  • 1927-1967.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English

Conditions Governing Access

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 collection (1 linear foot (1 box))

Collection includes scripts for over 75 of Helen Howe's monologues. Also included are several unfinished drafts and short stories that were never published as well as radio scripts for on-air performances. The collection also includes programs and promotional materials as well as some correspondence, largely regarding booking appearances. A ledger detailing performance information between 1927 and 1945 is also included.

Biographical / Historical

Monologuist and author Helen Howe studied acting with Georges Vitray in France, joined the New York Theater Guild, performed to critical acclaim in the United States and London, toured with "Community Concerts" during World War II, and wrote several novels and a family history. Her parents, Mark Anthony Dewolfe Howe and Fanny Quincy Howe, were writers. Her brothers were Quincy Howe, an editor and radio commentator, and Mark DeWolfe Howe, a Harvard law professor. Howe married Reginald Allen, curator of the Gilbert and Sullivan collection at the Morgan Library in New York City, and formerly an administrator of the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Scripts
  2. II. Other material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. A few items transferred from Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America; received: 1982.

Bulk of items from unknown sources, unknown dates.

Related Materials

Additional papers of Helen Howe are held by the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America: Howe, Helen, 1905-1975. Papers, 1872-1975 (inclusive) andHowe, Helen, 1905-1975. Additional papers, 1872-1975 (inclusive).

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne E. Sutherland
Link to catalog
Howe, Helen, 1905-1975. Helen Howe papers, 1927-1967: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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