The M. E. N. and Ida Mott Howell collection (16 items) contains correspondence related to Myron Emory Nimrod Howell and his wife, Ida Amelia Mott. Howell wrote 12 letters to his wife from October 2, 1872-November 6, 1873, while traveling from their home in Washington, D.C., to Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and to Michigan; Ida Mott Howell remained in Washington with their daughter, Libbie. Howell commented on his travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (October 2, 1872), and Saint Paul, Minnesota (October 12, 1872), and later provided updates about his life in Saint Cloud (6 letters, October 18, 1872-July 2, 1873). He mentioned his work for the Saint Cloud Press and sometimes commented on recent elections and his acquaintances. Howell's letters also reflect his increasingly poor finances and his desire for his wife and daughter to join him in Minnesota.
After leaving Saint Cloud, Howell wrote from Saint Paul, Minnesota (August 24, 1873); Pontiac, Michigan (September 13, 1873, and October 8, 1873); and Saginaw, Michigan (November 6, 1873). In Saint Paul, Governor-elect Cushman K. Davis, a classmate from the University of Michigan, advised Howell to purchase a newspaper. In his letters from Michigan, Howell discussed the burial and legacy of his recently deceased father and his attempt to sell lands that Howell still owned in Minnesota. Howell's letter of October 8, 1873, is written on the back of a printed page from "A Mother Saved."
The remaining 4 items include a letter that Howell wrote to his daughter Libbie from Washington, D.C., during his wife and daughter's trip to visit family in Alburgh, Vermont (July 23, 1878); a letter from S. S. Marshall of McLeansboro, Illinois, to Ida Mott Howell (April 28, 1879); and 2 letters about the Howell and Mott families' genealogy. Ida Mott Howell received a letter from her brother, Henry Mott, about their grandfather Joseph Mott and their ability to claim descent from a Revolutionary War veteran (March 14, 1897). M. E. N. Howell received the final letter from an aunt in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who provided information about Howell's grandfather and other Howell and Mott ancestors (January 31, 1917).