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Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
William Dean Howells Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of correspondence and selected manuscripts of the American critic, novelist, poet, and playwright William Dean Howells.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of letters by Howells to an assortment of correspondents, including Lawrence Barrett, Wendell P. Garrison, Alexander McKenzie, J. R. Osgood, and Charles Dudley Warner. In addition, there are manuscripts of "Edward Bellamy," "English Feeling Toward Americans," "The Fiction of Eden Phillpotts," "The Fiction of Leonard Merrick," and "Recollections of an Atlantic Editorship"; a review of George William Curtis's books; and a few miscellaneous items.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, TLS = typed letter signed, AMsS = autograph manuscript signed, and TMsS = typed manuscript signed.

Collection Creator Biography:

Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.

Wiliam Dean Howells was a critic, novelist, poet, and playwright. He began as the subeditor of the Atlantic Monthly of Boston under James T. Fields, and in 1871 he was appointed editor-in-chief, a post held until 1881.

Collection History


Most of the collection from Pforzheimer in May 1944 with letter that is a gift of Mrs. Frederic J. Dennis.

Custodial History

This collection was formed as a result of the departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ran Tao in 2003. Finding aid written by Ran Tao in 2003.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

William Dean Howells Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1