University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Howe, Julia Ward:

An Inventory of Her Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Title: Julia Ward Howe Collection
Dates: 1860-1910, undated
Abstract: Includes manuscripts and letters by the American poet and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe. Letters to Elizabeth Fairchild, E. S. Goodwin and others are present.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2037
Extent: 1 box (.21 linear feet), 1 oversize folder (osf)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Dylan Davidson, 2014


This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 Autobiographical note, signed handwritten manuscript, 3 pages, 5 August 1905. Includes calling card.
Battle hymn of the republic: 1st stanza: signed handwritten manuscript, March 1888. From the Hanley Collection.
osf 1 Battle hymn of the republic, signed handwritten manuscript, 1 page, 29 June 1896.
1.1 Remarks on the death of Edward Everett Hale, handwritten manuscript, 1 page, 10 June 1909.


1.2 ALS to unidentified recipient, 10 February 1884.
ALS to Badeau, Adam re Charlotte Saunders Cushman and Matilda Agnes Heron, 7 February 1860. From the Drake Collection.
ALS to Chapin, Maria L., 13 November 1899.
ALS to Eliot, Mr., 23 March 1910.
1.3 24 ALS, 3 ALI, 1 AL, 3 ANS, 2 ANI, 1 AN to Fairchild, Elizabeth, 1887-1910, undated. Included with these: ALS from Julia Ward Howe to Miss Fairchild, 23 October 1895.
1.2 ALS to Gibbs, Mrs., undated.
ALS to Goodwin, E. S., 10 July 1910. With this: printed pamphlet Julia Ward Howe, President of the New England Women's Club telling how she came to write the Battle hymn of the republic. From Hanley II.
APCS to Hall, David. T., 20 November 1883.
ALS to Tind?, Major, 22 July 1896.


1.4 Howe, Julia Ward. Receipt, ADS, 1 page, 17 May 1881.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date