Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Rowland Bailey Howard Papers, 1807-1937, n.d. (bulk 1848-1892).
ID
M92
Date
1807-1937
Extent
4.25 linear feet.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Rowland Bailey Howard Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.


Biographical/Historical Note

Rowland Bailey Howard (1834-1892, Bowdoin Class of 1856), a Congregational minister, was a member of the U.S. Christian Commission during the Civil War; an associate editor and contributing correspondent of The advance, a Congregational journal, from 1875 to 1884; and secretary of the American Peace Society from 1884 until his death.

Howard was graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1860 and served as pastor to Congregational churches in Farmington, Maine (1860-1870), Princeton, Illinois (1870-1875), East Orange, New Jersey (1875-1879), and Rockport, Massachusetts (1879-1884).

Howard married twice. His first wife, Mary Ellen "Ella" Patten (b. 1836), of Bath, died in 1871, leaving three children: David Patten Howard (b. 1861); Oliver Otis Howard, Jr. (1865-1944); and Francis Gilman Howard (b.1869). Howard was married again, in 1873, to Helen J. Graves (1836-1932) of Farmington. They had two children: Ella Howard (b. 1875) and Rowland Sewall Howard (b. 1878).

Rowland Bailey Howard died in 1892 in Rome, Italy.


Scope and Content

Letters, diaries, journals, pamphlets, sermons, clippings and speeches from the personal papers of Rowland Bailey Howard. The correspondence is primarily from Howard to family members but also includes a significant number of letters to Rowland from his brother Oliver Otis Howard.

This collection complements the papers of Howard's brothers, Oliver Otis Howard (Bowdoin 1850) and Charles Henry Howard (Bowdoin 1859).

Rowland Bailey Howard's Bowdoin diploma can be found in Class of 1856 records.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

M92.1: Correspondence, 1807-1937, n.d.   0.75 linear feet.

Scope and Content:

This series primarily consists of correspondence between Rowland Bailey Howard and his family. Some small number of letters between family members of the preceding generation are also included. About half of the letters were written by Howard. Non-family correspondents include Andrew Carnegie, George Frisbie Hoar, John Brown Russwurm and Theodore Dwight Woolsey.

More Howard family correspondence can be found in the collections of Rowland Bailey Howard's brothers: Charles Henry Howard and Oliver Otis Howard.

An item level chronological and alphabetical listing of correspondence (PDF file) is available here.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 1

1807 Nov 2 - 1812 Sep 21 

1 2

1813 Feb 9 - 1814 Aug 28 

1 3

1814 Sep 3 - Oct 25 

1 4

1813 Dec - 1816 Jan [copy book] 

1 5

1815 

1 6

1816 Jan 3 - 1817 Jun 15 

1 7

1818 Jan 30 - 1819 Jun 22 

1 8

1819 Jun 25 - Nov 20 

1 9

1820 Mar 7 - Dec 20 

1 10

1821 Jan 30 - 1822 Jul 17 

1 11

1823 Jan 26 - 1824 Sep 4 

1 12

1825 Jan 9 - 1840 Jul 1 

1 13

1848 Oct 6 - 1849 Apr 15 

1 14

1849 Jun 11 - 1850 Dec 22 

1 15

1851 Jan 3 - Mar 23 

1 16

1851 Apr 15 - Oct 26 

1 17

1851 Dec 14 - May 30 

1 18

1852 Sep 4 - 1853 Feb 7 

1 19

1853 Mar 13 - Jun 26 

1 20

1853 Jul 15 - Nov 13 

1 21

1853 Dec 4 - 1854 Apr 20 

1 22

1854 May 11 - Nov 23 

1 23

1855 Feb 8 - Apr 1 

1 24

1855 Apr 8 - May 23 

1 25

1855 Jun 19 - Oct 1 

1 26

1855 Oct 15 - Dec 21 

1 27

1856 Jan 26 - May 6 

1 28

1856 May 9 - 1857 Jan 20 

1 29

1857 Mar 15 - May 10 

1 30

1857 Jul 13 - 1858 Apr 13 

1 31

1858 Apr 23 - 1862 Mar 23 

1 32

1863 Jul 5 - 1865 Oct 9 

1 33

1865 Oct 13 - Oct 31 

1 34

1865 Nov 3 - Nov 8 

1 35

1865 Nov 13 - 1870 Jun 9 

1 36

1870 Jun 21 - 1874 May 23 

1 37

1875 Jun 30 - 1879 Jul 24 

1 38

1879 Aug 4 - 1882 Feb 15 

1 39

1882 Feb 24 - Apr 22 

1 40

1882 Jun 9 - Jul 21 

1 41

1882 Aug 4 - Oct 6 

1 42

1882 Oct 13 - 1883 Jan 18 

1 43

1883 Feb 3 - 1884 Oct 25 

1 44

1885 Feb 2 - 1886 Jun 7 

1 45

1886 Jun 15 - Dec 10 

1 46

1887 Sep 9 - 1888 Nov 25 

1 47

1889 May 18 - 1890 Oct 12 

1 48

1890 Nov 5 - 1891 Nov 18 

1 49

1892 Jan 5 - Mar 10 

1 50

1892 Mar 14 - 1893 Dec 24 

1 51

1894 May 27 - 1901 May 27 

1 52

1901 Aug 14 - 1908 Dec 30 

1 53

1909 Oct 29 - 1937 Nov 9 

1 54

Undated correspondence: fragments 

1 55

Photocopies of some letters (location of originals unknown) 


M92.2: Articles and Addresses, Family and Biographical Material, 1854-1927   2.25 linear feet.

Scope and Content:

These documents, articles, essays, pamphlets, sermons, and other records, dating from 1854 to 1927, include Howard's writings and information on members of the Howard and related families, his Bowdoin connections, his work towards international peace, and other miscellaneous items.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
1 56

Addresses (including fragments) 

1 57

Articles-Letters from Europe by Howard, Summer, 1879 [clippings], for The Advance 

1 58

Articles-"A National Weekly Congrega-tional Newspaper", ms 

Volume
1

Bible 

Box Folder
1 59

Biographical and genealogical material: Charts re Howard and Otis families 

1 60

Biographical and genealogical material: Craig Family of Farmington, ME, 1867 

1 61

Biographical and genealogical material: Charles H. Howard: A Short Outline of a Useful Life [photocopy], 1925 

1 62

Biographical and genealogical material: Everet Howard [photocopy of article] 

1 63

Biographical and genealogical material: Helen Graves Howard-recommendations as teacher, 1865 

1 64

Biographical and genealogical material: Address in memory of R.B. Howard by the Rev. Hugh Elder, 1892 

1 65

Biographical and genealogical material: Howard's biographical form for Bowdoin Class of 1856 [ca. 1876] 

1 66

Biographical and genealogical material: Biographical sketch of the life of R.B. Howard by O.O. Howard [Jr.], May 2, 1927 

1 67

Biographical and genealogical material: Memorial of R.B. Howard by Dr. Darby 

1 68

Biographical and genealogical material: Services of the Installation... Congregational Church, Princeton, IL 1872 

1 69

Biographical and genealogical material: Eliza Otis-"Our Mother" 

1 70

Biographical and genealogical material: Otis Family Record, 1764-1888 

Volume
2

Bowdoin College material: Autograph album, 1854 and 1855 

Box Folder
1 71

Bowdoin College material: Autograph album, June 30, 1856 

Volume
3

Bowdoin College material: Bowdoin Poets, with Class of 1856 autographs 

Box
MRealia 2

Bowdoin College material: Fan from Class of 1856 dinner, June 26, 1891 [35th reunion?] 

Box Folder
1 72

Bowdoin College material: Miscellaneous 

1 73

Bowdoin College material: Churches-pamplets-religious manuals, lists of members, etc., 1863-1897 

1 74

Bowdoin College material: Churches-records-First Congregational Churches of Farmington, ME and Rock-port, MA, 1860-1885 

1 75

Bowdoin College material: Documents, 1854-1873 

1 76

Bowdoin College material: Documents-Civil War passes, 1863 

1 77

Ephemera: Calling cards collected during Howard's illness in Rome 

1 78

Ephemera: Clipped signatures [autograph and printed facsimiles] 

1 79

Ephemera: Early nineteenth-century poems, essays, etc. 

1 80

Ephemera: Gen. O.O. Howard statue, Gettysburg [photocopy] 

1 81

Ephemera: Miscellaneous ms 

1 82

Ephemera: Miscellaneous printed 

1 83

Ephemera: Notebook with "A Sketch of...A Sentimental Traveller" and other ms entries 

1 84

Essays-miscellaneous 

1 85

Family library-lists of books 

1 86

Family library-folder containing lists 

1 87

Freedmen's Bureau 

1 88

Maps (New York, 1879 & 1884; Boston, 1889; Cambridge and Harvard, [n.d.]) 

1 89

Ephemera: Miscellaneous covers 

1 90

Pamphlets: American Peace Society publications, 1884-1892 

1 91

Pamphlets: By Howard, 1891-1902 

1 92

Pamphlets: Miscellaneous, 1862-1892 

1 93

Pamphlets: Peace Society (London, Eng.) publications, 1887-[1890?] 

1 94

Pamphlets: Peace activities - Societ de Paix du Familistre ..., 1891 

1 95

Pamphlets: Peace activities - Universal Peace Congress, 1890 

1 96

Poetry by Howard 

1 97

Postcards, foreign, belonging to Ella Howard Smith 

1 98

Sermons (and sermon fragments) by Howard 

1 99

Sermons by others 


M92.3: Diaries and Journals, 1808-1891   1.0 linear feet.

Scope and Content:

Howard's journals, 1857-1872, and annual daily diaries, 1866-1891, are supplemented by a journal kept by his wife Mary Ellen Patten Howard (Ella), 1860, a travel expense book and three unidentified fragments.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 100

Diary [n.d., author unknown] 

1 101

Journal, record of travel, August 20 - October 31, 1808 [author unknown] 

1 102

Diary, August 15, 1833 - [September 18, 1833 ?] [author unknown] 

Volume
1

Journal, January 1 - June 26, 1857 

2

Journal, July 23, 1857 - March 19, 1872 

Box envelope
2 1

Diary - 1860 [Ella P. Howard] 

2 2-20

Diaries - 1866-1884 

3 1-7

Diaries - 1885-1891 

3 8

Diary cover 

3 9

European trip expenses book 


M92.4: Clippings, 1859?-1930?   0.25 linear feet.

Scope and Content:

Late 19th and early 20th century clippings concerning subjects of interest to Howard, including the American Peace Society, religion, and temperance; obituaries of Howard and others; and articles written by Howard.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
4 1

American Peace Society, 1873-1890 

4 2

Bowdoin College, 1870-1891 

4 3

Civil War - Battle of Gettysburg 

4 4

R.B. Howard's writings, 1866-1884 

4 5

O.O. Howard 

4 6

Lincoln Memorial University 

4 7-8

Miscellaneous, 1859-1930 

4 9

Obituaries, etc. - R.B. Howard, 1892 

4 10

Obituaries, etc. - others, 1862-1908 

4 11

Poetry 

4 12-13

Religious, 1871-1913 

4 14

Mrs. Nina Foster Riggs, 1848 

4 15

Temperance 

Volume
1

Index rerun 

Volume-folio
2

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings 


M92.5: Photographs 

Scope and Content:

Photographs and daguerreotypes of Rowland Bailey Howard and various relations including: David Patten Howard; Oliver O. Howard, Jr.; Helen Julia Howard (Graves); and others. Loose pictures, several small framed pictures, and a photo album are included in the series.

Box Folder
4 16

Rowland Bailey Howard (lg.) 

4 17

David Patten Howard in uniform (lg.) 

4 18

House of R.B. Howard in Medford, MA (lg.) 

Box envelope
5 1

Rowland Bailey Howard (med.) 

5 2

Rowland Bailey Howard, daugerreotype with metal frame (med.) 

5 3

David Patten Howard (med.) 

5 4

Oliver Otis Howard, Jr. (med.) 

5 5

Oliver Otis Howard, Jr. (med.) 

5 6

Chancey Howard, son of Gen. O.O. Howard (med.) 

5 7

Gen. Charles Howard and family (med.) 

5 8

Harry S. Howard (med.) 

5 9

Helen Julia Graves Howard and companions, with cover (med.) 

5 10

Edmund Fry [Fay?] (med.) 

5 11

Train California (med.) 

5 12

Rowland Bailey Howard (sm.) 

5 13

Rowland Bailey Howard (3 sm.) 

5 14

Rowland Bailey Howard (sm.) 

5 15

Rowland Bailey Howard, daugerreotype with metal frame (sm.) 

5 16

Rowland Bailey Howard, daugerreotype in black oval case (sm.) 

5 17

Helen Julia Graves Howard, tin type (sm.) 

5 18

Helen Julia Graves Howard and Henry Graves, daugerreotype in square leather case (sm.) 

5 19

Empty glass and metal frame labelled "Helen Julia Graves" (sm.) 

5 20

Elizabeth Otis [grandmother of R.B.H.?], daugerreotype in metal and leather case (sm.) 

5 21

Miniature photo album belonging to Ella Howard Smith 

Volume
1

Photo album presented to R.B. Howard June 3, 1884.