Guide to the Howe Family Papers
1851-1940

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Creator: Howe, Herbert Crombie, 1872-1940
Title: Howe family papers
Dates: 1851-1940 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 11.25 linear feet (9 containers, 1 volume)
Collection Number: Ax 051
Summary: The Howe family is comprised of Henry Clay Howe (1832-1889) and his wife Letitia, their son Herbert C. Howe (1872-1940) and daughter Lillian Howe. The collection contains diaries, correspondence, photographs, and genealogical papers of the Howe family, manuscripts by Herbert C. Howe, and a ledger of the Oswego Canal Company of NY.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

The Howe family is comprised of Henry Clay Howe (1832-1889) and his wife Letitia, their son Herbert C. Howe (1872-1940) and daughter Lillian Howe.

Henry Clay Howe (Herbert's father) was a graduate of Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., read law, was an attorney in Fulton, N.Y., an active Republican, a supporter of Frank Hiscock for U. S. Senator, and a member of the New York Assembly, 1885-1887.

Herbert C. Howe (1872-1940) was born in Fulton, N.Y., and educated at Fulton Academy and Cornell University. From 1894 to 1900 he was a graduate scholar at Cornell and assistant to Jacob Gould Schurman, third president of Cornell. In 1901 he came to the University of Oregon as assistant professor of English and remained until 1940; from 1904 to 1925 Howe was head of the Department of English.

Lillian Howe (Herbert's sister) was a student at the Academy of Mount St. Vincent, West Albany, N.Y. from 1879 to 1881, and from 1882 to 1884 a student at Houghton Academy, Clinton, N.Y. She later worked in the Boston Public Library, was on the editorial staff of Mentor, and was a secretary for the National Association of Woolen Manufacturers, Boston.

Content Description

The collection contains diaries, correspondence (about 3,500 letters), photographs, and genealogical papers of the Howe family, manuscripts by Herbert C. Howe, and a ledger of the Oswego Canal Company of NY.

Material by Herbert Howe includes diaries for 1889-1897, letters to his sister, Lillian, 1881-1916, and to his wife, Georgia Emeny, 1889-1892. His weekly letters to Lillian Howe contain a detailed recital of events at Fulton Academy, Cornell University, and the University of Oregon. There is also an autobiography to 1889, the year his father died. Professor Howe was a popular lecturer, writer, and essayist. The papers include manuscript poems, short stories, plays, two novels (one autobiographical), addresses, essays, lectures, student papers, class papers from Fulton Academy days, and Cornell class notebooks.

Lillian Howe material (sister of Herbert C. Howe) includes diaries for 1874, 1879-1882, 1885, 1889, and her letters to Herbert C. Howe from 1874 to 1916, and letters from Sarah Clark for 1879, 1882-1885.

Material by Henry Clay Howe (1832-1889), father of Herbert C. Howe, includes diaries for 1855 and 1860, letters to his wife, Letitia Crombie, 1859-1871, 1873-1877, letters to his daughter, Lillian, 1873-1874, 1881-1889, and to his son, Herbert, 1886-1887. With his papers are filed the diaries of his wife, Letitia, for 1860, 1861, 1864, 1871, 1873, and Letitia's letters to him, 1867, 1869, 1871, 1873-1877.

With the papers is a one-volume ledger, 1851-1852, of the Oswego (N.Y.) Canal Co. The ledger has been used as a scrapbook, but is still legible for canal company data.

Miscellaneous Howe family material includes genealogical data, photographs, and mementos.

The photographs include ten glass-plate negatives, portraits dating from 1870s-1900s, and ten prints primarily portraits of Herbert C. Howe and snapshots of him on campus. There is one print from the UO tour of Hollywood from the 1917 Rose Bowl visit.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Howe family papers, Ax 051, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Administrative Information

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1968; photographs processed by Megan Dazey.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Papers
10.5 linear feet
Container(s)

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Photographs (PH041), 1870-1917
0.25 linear feet
Howe, Herbert Crombie, 1872-1940
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 PH041_n001: [young woman seated for a portrait, circa 1900]
1.0 negative
16.3 x 21.8 inches
circa 1900
1 PH041_n002: [man and baby resting on dog]
1.0 negative
16.3 x 21.8 inches
not yet assigned
1 PH041_n003: [portrait of man with beard]
1.0 negative
16.3 x 21.8 inches
not yet assigned
1 PH041_n004: [portrait of young man]
1.0 negative
12.6 x 17.6 inches
not yet assigned
1 PH041_n005: [portrait of teenage boy]
1.0 negative
12.6 x 17.6 inches
not yet assigned
1 PH041_n006: [portrait of teenage boy (another pose) same boy??]
1.0 negative
12.6 x 17.6 inches
not yet assigned
1
1.0 negative
12.6 x 17.6 inches
not yet assigned
1 PH041_n008: [smiling woman holding baby]
1.0 negative
16.3 x 21.8 inches
not yet assigned
1 PH041_n009: [smiling woman holding baby (another pose)]
1.0 negative
12.6 x 17.6 inches
not yet assigned
1 PH041_n010: [portrait of girl]
1.0 negative
16.3 x 21.8 inches
not yet assigned
2 PH041_p001: [portrait of man (young, profile) with mustache and beard]
1.0 photographic print
20.2 x 25.4 inches
1890c s
2 PH041_p002: Herbert C. Howe [portrait of boy]
1.0 photographic print
10.6 x 16.4 inches
Darrow of Fulton, NY
1880s-1900s
2 PH041_p003: Theta Lambda Phi Lodge. Cornell.
1.0 photographic print
5.7 x 8.2 inches
1910s-1930s c
2 PH041_p004: Georgia V. Howe, 1906
1.0 photographic print
10.7 x 20.8 inches
1906
2 PH041_p005: [wood and brick house]
1.0 photographic print
8.7 x 13.6 inches
1880s-1910s c
2 PH041_p006: H.C. Howe, probably 1932 [Standing on athletic field]
1.0 photographic print
20.2 x 25.4 inches
1932
2 PH041_p007: Colleen Moore, Helen darling, Dorothy DeVore, Marjorie Payne, Molly Molloy, Teddie Sampson [Bill Hayward and group on Hollywood set]
1.0 photographic print
20.2 x 25.4 inches
1917
2 PH041_p008: Herbert C. Howe, probably 1903 [Portrait, 2 copies]
1.0 photographic print
17.3 x 27.8 inches
1903
2 PH041_p009: Herbert Crombie Howe 1901 [portrait, 2 copies] another pose]
2.0 photographic prints
13 x 26.7 inches
1901
2 PH041_p011: Prof. H.C. Howe, University of Oregon, Sept. 1931 [Snapshot, outside]
1.0 photographic print
12.6 x 26.7 inches
1931

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Howe, Herbert Crombie, 1872-1940
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--Oregon
  • Poetry--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Diaries
    • Manuscripts

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