Howells-Fréchette Families Papers mssHM 27527-27619

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
March 2021
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San Marino, California 91108
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Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Howells-Fréchette families papers
Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 27527-27619
Physical Description: 2.40 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1844-1934
Abstract: Papers belonging to American editor and journalist William Dean Howells, his family and the Fréchette family.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Howells-Fréchette families papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Marie Marguerite Fréchette, 1963.

Biographical / Historical

William Dean Howells (1837-1920), author, journalist, and editor of the Atlantic monthly, was the son of Ohio newspaperman William Cooper Howells. After the Civil War, William Cooper Howells, an acquaintance and client of President James Garfield, served as U.S. Consul in Quebec. The entire Howells family was active in the literary and journalistic circles of the eastern United States, and one of William Dean Howells's sisters, Annie Thomas Howells, married the Canadian journalist Achille Fréchette.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mostly of letters, along with some documents, one bound volume of manuscripts, and ephemera related to the family and social life of the Howells and Fréchette families. Along with family papers, the collection also contains materials related to literary, journalistic, and political matters, including ballot counts from the deadlocked 1880 Republican Convention and medical bulletins from the time of President Garfield's assassination. Family members represented in the collection include William Cooper Howells, William Dean Howells, Achille Fréchette, and Annie Howells Fréchette. Additional members of the extended Howells and Fréchette families are represented in the collection as well. Correspondents include Mary Austin, Samuel Clemens, George Cary Eggleston, Hamlin Garland, Richard Watson Gilder, James Abram Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, and William Henry Smith.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2022, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


Arranged alphabetically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Authors, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence
United States -- Politics and Government -- 19th century
Family papers -- United States
Letters (correspondence) -- United States
Manuscripts (documents) -- United States
Austin, Mary, 1868-1934
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910
Eggleston, George Cary, 1839-1911
Fréchette, Achille, 1847-1927
Fréchette, Annie Howells
Fréchette family
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881 -- Assassination
Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph, 1832-1918
Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940
Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909
Howells, William Cooper, 1807-1894
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920
Howells family
Smith, William Henry, 1833-1896
Republican National Convention, 7th (1880 : Chicago, Ill.)

Box 1


Box 2

J-W and miscellaneous