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Guide to the Julia Ward Howe Letters, 1909

Summary

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was an author, lecturer, abolitionist, and suffragist, best known for authoring the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Collection comprises a letter dated 1909 September 22 from Julia Ward Howe to Magister H.R. Sanborn in which she discusses her plan for reading an unnamed poem at the Hudson-Fulton celebration.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11445
Title
Julia Ward Howe letters
Date
1909 September 22
Creator
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 3 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises a letter (dated 1909 September 22) from Julia Ward Howe to Magister H.R. Sanborn of Concord, Massachusetts. The letter was written from Green Peace, Bedford, New York (Howe's son's house). The main topic of the letter is Howe's unnamed poem which she will read at the upcoming Hudson-Fulton celebration on the evening of the 27th. The Hudson-Fulton Celebration was held in New York and New Jersey from September 25 to October 9, 1909. The purpose was to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s first use of the paddle steamer on the Hudson in 1807. Howe also mentions the books she has been reading. Included with the letter is an additional envelope addressed to J.L. Sanborn of Bradford, Massachusetts. It appears to have contained Howe's letter and been sent a few days later.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Julia Ward Howe Letters, 1909, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letters
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was an author, lecturer, abolitionist, and suffragist. She is best known for authoring the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which was published by the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and became the Union’s Civil War anthem. She also co-founded the American Woman Suffrage Association and was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1908.


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Provenance

The Julia Ward Howe Letters were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Lucy VanderKamp, April 2017.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS259