Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Samuel Gridley Howe Letters, 1840-1849

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Samuel Gridley Howe letters
Creator: Stevens, Josiah, 1795-1869 and Dinsmoor, Samuel, 1799-1869
Inclusive dates: 1840-1849
Bulk dates: 1840-1841
Extent: 4 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 4 letters that Samuel Gridley Howe wrote to Secretary of State Josiah Stevens and Governor Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr., of New Hampshire, regarding the education of New Hampshire residents at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind (now the Perkins School for the Blind).
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2000. M-4102.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Samuel Gridley Howe Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Samuel Gridley Howe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 10, 1801, the son of Joseph Neals Howe and Patty Gridley. He graduated from Brown University in 1821 and earned a degree from Harvard Medical School in 1824. After briefly practicing medicine in Boston, he traveled to Greece, where he fought in the Greek War of Independence until around 1831. That year, he returned to Boston, where he helped establish several schools for blind, deaf, or otherwise disabled children. Howe also became a prominent abolitionist and edited the anti-slavery Boston newspaper, the Daily Commonwealth. After the Civil War, he briefly traveled to Greece to help supply Cretan rebels during a revolt against Turkish rule, and he served as part of a U. S. commission to assess the desirability of annexing the Dominican Republic as a United States territory in the late 1860s. On April 27, 1843, he married activist Julia Ward, and they had six children. Samuel Gridley Howe died on January 9, 1876.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 4 letters that Samuel Gridley Howe wrote to Secretary of State Josiah Stevens and Governor Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr., of New Hampshire, regarding the education of New Hampshire residents at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind (now the Perkins School for the Blind).

Howe wrote 3 letters to Josiah Stevens concerning specific students at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind (June 8, 1840; August 22, 1840; and February 26, 1841). He discussed the students' progress at the school and suggested which of them would benefit from further education and, therefore, from further financial support from the state of New Hampshire. In one case, Howe offered his opinion that a student was in less need of the school's services than others, because of his partial ability to see. The June 8, 1840, letter also contains an account of the amount of money remitted by the state of New Hampshire for several students' education.

In an October 19, 1849, letter, Howe addressed New Hampshire Governor Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr., on behalf of a young man who wished to attend the Perkins School. He wrote this letter on official "Perkins' Institution, and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind" stationery.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Blind--Education--United States.
    • Education--New Hampshire.
    • Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind.
    • Tuition.
    Contributors:
    • Howe, S. G. (Samuel Gridley), 1801-1876.
    Genre Terms:
    • Accounts.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   40, Small Collections
    Samuel Gridley Howe letters [series]
      Folder   32
     June 8, 1840-October 19, 1849
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    Horace Mann papers: Samuel G. Howe ALS regarding raising funds for a statue for Horace Mann (May 1, 1860)

    James S. Schoff Civil War letters and documents collection: Orestes A. Brownson letter to Samuel G. Howe (September 13, 1862)

    The Duane Norman Diedrich collection contains letters by Julia Ward Howe.

    The Clements Library holds several books and pamphlets signed by Samuel Gridley Howe. More information is available on the University's online catalog.

    Bibliography

    Stuckey, Kenneth. "Howe, Samuel Gridley." American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press, 2000. DOI: 15-00349.

    VanBurkleo, Sandra F., and Mary Jo Miles, "Howe, Julia Ward." American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press, 2000. DOI: 15-00348.

    Who Was Who in America: Historical Volume, 1603-1886. Revised Edition. Marquis Who's Who, 1967.