Papers of the Julia Ward Howe family, 1787-1984 (inclusive), 1787-1944 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1787-1944
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2.29 linear feet ((5+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder)
The correspondence provides information about Julia Ward Howe's maternal grandmother, Sarah (Mitchell) Cutler, and her children (Julia Ward Howe's aunts and uncles); Julia Ward Howe's brother, Samuel Ward; Julia Ward Howe, her children and grandchildren; writings and speeches of Julia Ward Howe and her daughters, particularly Florence (Howe) Hall; and some information about related families.
Information about travel in Europe, particularly Italy, can be found mainly in #20, 23, 72-78, 85 and 111. Correspondence between parents and children of various generations documents domestic and social life. Many of Maud Howe Elliott's letters reflect her growing concern over her mother's health.
There is correspondence of Julia Ward Howe's husband, Samuel Gridley Howe, including 19 letters from him to Dorothea Dix; there are few documents from his family.
Many items in the collection have notes written on or attached to them. Some are by Julia Ward Howe, some by Laura Howe Richards and Maud Howe Elliott, presumably written during the preparation of their book, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1916). Notes by the donor, Margaret Hall McRory, are identified by the notation: [MHM].
Most correspondence is arranged by recipient, and within each person's section chronologically, with undated items last.
Series I, Cutler, Ward, and related families, consists mostly of correspondence and is arranged in birth order, by generations, and chronologically within each person's section; related families and miscellaneous are at the end.
Series II, Julia Ward Howe, is divided into three sections: correspondence, writings and speeches, and material about Julia Ward Howe. Each section is arranged chronologically. The correspondence includes letters from and to Samuel Gridley Howe.
Series III, Children of Julia Ward Howe, is arranged according to the Howe children's birth order and includes papers of one son-in-law and several grandchildren. Each section is divided into correspondence and, where necessary, other material, and each is arranged chronologically. The Florence Howe Hall section includes her diary and the correspondence of four of her children.
Most clippings were discarded after microfilming.
An additional Julia Ward Howe collection (A-24), which provides more information about Julia Ward Howe, her family, and her activities, is also included in the Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project. See also Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (Cambridge, Mass., 1971), Deborah Clifford, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, (Boston: Little Brown, 1979), and numerous other published sources.
- Series I. Cutler, Ward, and related families
- Series II. Julia Ward Howe
- Series III. Children of Julia Ward Howe
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Julia (Ward) Howe Family papers were given to the Schlesinger Library in 1969, 1971, 1985, 1989, and 1990 by Julia Ward Howe's great-granddaughter, Margaret Hall McRory.
MICROFILM OF COLLECTION
The pages of some items were numbered to aid the microfilmer, the proofreaders, and researchers. These numbers are in square brackets.
The film was proofread by University Publications of America.
Some of the material in the collection was difficult to film due to such problems as see-through text, faded or smudged writing, faint pencil notations, brittle clippings, fragile items, and stained paper. The film was carefully produced to insure that these items are as legible as possible.
Some clippings are incomplete and some of the more brittle ones have lost text due to broken edges.
The reverse sides of envelopes were microfilmed only if they contained a return address or notes.
The reverse sides of outdated letterhead and form letters were sometimes used by Julia Ward Howe for drafts or notes; print may show through. The letterhead/printed sides were filmed only if they are not represented elsewhere in the collection, or if they contain unique text.
In many cases, the enclosures referred to in letters are missing.
Letters of one or more pages with either the salutation or the signature missing, as well as portions of letters, have been marked as fragments.
- JWH = Julia (Ward) Howe
- JHA = Julia (Howe) Anagnos (daughter)
- CHB = Caroline Minturn (Hall) Birckhead (granddaughter)
- FMC = Francis Marion Cutler (uncle)
- SMC = Sarah (Mitchell) Cutler (grandmother)
- MHE = Maud (Howe) Elliott (daughter)
- ECF = Eliza (Cutler) Francis (aunt)
- JWF = John Wakefield Francis (uncle)
- FHH = Florence (Howe) Hall (daughter)
- DPH = David Prescott Hall (son-in-law)
- JHH = John Howe Hall (grandson)
- SPH = Samuel Prescott Hall (grandson)
- HMH = Henry Marion Howe (son)
- SGH = Samuel Gridley Howe (husband)
- LCM = Louisa (Cutler) McAllister (aunt)
- MHM = Margaret (Hall) McRory (great-granddaughter)
- LHR = Laura (Howe) Richards (daughter)
- JCW = Julia (Cutler) Ward (mother)
- SW (1) = Samuel Ward (grandfather)
- SW (2) = Samuel Ward (father)
- SW (3) = Samuel Ward (brother)
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
Reprocessed: January 1990
By: Bert Hartry
The 1969 and 1971 accessions were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-24669-76-987). The 1985-1990 accessions were integrated into the collection and it was reprocessed and microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.
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