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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 113

Papers of Ethel Winward Howland, 1877-1964


Photographs, autobiography, correspondence, diaries, etc., of Ethel Winward Howland, Radcliffe College Class of 1905.


  • 1877-1964

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ethel Winward Howland as well as 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.


.63 linear feet ((1+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio photograph folder)

This collection consists of photographs, autobiography, correspondence, Red Cross Award (1962), B'nai B'rith Woman of the Year Award (1964), diaries (1912-1953), menus, and a Guest Book.


Ethel Winward Howland was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1877 to William and Alice Loomis Winward. She graduated from Newton High School in 1895. After working as a secretary for six years, she attended Radcliffe and graduated in 1905. She taught at Middleton High School and at Hartford High School.

She married Roy A. Howland in September 1908 and then settled in Middletown, Connecticut, where he was associate professor at Wesleyan. They had two sons.

In Middletown, Howland was a member of the First Methodist Church, co-chairman of the Social Service League, president of the Middletown College Club, and served on the League of Women Voters. She was a director of the Planned Parenthood Association, chairman for eight years of the microfilming committee of the Middlesex Memorial Hospital, and an honorary director of the Middlesex Chapter of the American Red Cross. She was also co-organized, and for over 40 years secretary of the Middletown Book Club.

She was selected by the Middletown B'nai B'rith as Woman of the Year in 1964.

Howland died in 1964.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R88-40

This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Ethel Winward Howland's son John Howland, in 1988.


  1. Box 1: 1-17v
  2. Box 2: 18v-24v

Processing Information

Processed: July 1992

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Howland, Ethel Winward, 1877-1964. Papers of Ethel Winward Howland, 1877-1964: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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