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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 342

Papers of Sarah Ernestine Howard, 1911-1961 (inclusive), 1912-1919 (bulk).


Correspondence, Wellesley College reunion records, etc., of Sarah Ernestine Howard, physician.


  • 1911-1961
  • Majority of material found within 1912-1919

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sarah Ernestine Howard is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

This collection consists of Sarah Ernestine Howard's letters to her parents while she was a student and resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. There is also a small collection of letters from Howard's brother, Charles P. Howard, and father, Herbert B. Howard, to her mother, Margaret P. Howard. Howard's letters to her parents describe courses and exams, professors, clinical work, social life, relations with fellow students, male and female, her health, the impact of World War I on medicine, and her responsibilities as a resident and house officer.


Sarah Ernestine Howard, physician, grew up in a medical family. Her mother, Margaret Emily (Pagelson) Howard, was a doctor and her father, Herbert B. Howard, was director of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the first director of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Howard was graduated from Wellesley College in 1911 and entered Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1913. She was House Officer and Assistant in Medicine, 1917-1919, and was an intern at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 1919-1921.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 80-M15

This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library in January 1980 by Katherine Graham (Mrs. Charles P.) Howard, sister-in-law of Sarah Ernestine Howard.

Processing Information

Processed: 80-M15

By: Deborah Tucker

Howard, Sarah Ernestine, 1892-1942. Papers of Sarah Ernestine Howard, 1911-1961 (inclusive), 1912-1919 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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