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Howell, Wilbur Samuel, 1904-
Wilbur Samuel Howell Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1953-1981 (mostly 1965-1980)
9 boxes and 3.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-9


Consists of works, articles, lectures, reviews, notes, and correspondence of Wilbur Samuel Howell, professor of rhetoric and oratory (1952-1972) at Princeton.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of works, articles, lectures, reviews, notes, and correspondence of Howell, professor of rhetoric and oratory (1952-1972) at Princeton. Included are his original manuscripts, relevant correspondence, and reviews for Eighteenth-Century British Logic and Rhetoric (1971), and Poetics, Rhetoric, and Logic Studies in the Basic Disciplines of Criticism (1975), and various lectures, speeches, and reviews of other works on rhetoric.

Also present are English Dept. course bibliographies on rhetoric; letters (1971-1977) of recommendation for students; correspondence and reports reflecting Howell's position as chairman (1948-1972) of the board of trustees of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society at Princeton; and correspondence with Irving Dilliard, Willliam Edinger, James J. Murphy, Julian P. Boyd, Norman Thomas, and others. In addition, there is correspondence with Barbara Warnick as well as a copy of her manuscript for Fenelon's Letter to the French Academy (1984).

Collection Creator Biography:

Howell, Wilbur Samuel, 1904-

Wilbur Samuel Howell was a long-time professor of rhetoric in the English Department of Princeton University and a prolific scholar. He won many awards for his writings. Howell is considered to be one of the leading twentieth-century historians of rhetoric. He died in 1992.

Collection History


This collection was the gift of Professor Wilbur Samuel Howell in 1987 (AM 88-16) with an additional gift from Professor Howell in 1991 (AM 1991-48).


No materials were separated during 2012 processing.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Wilbur Samuel Howell Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-9