In Her Own Right

Emily Howland Family Papers

Date range 1763 – 1929
Creator Howland, Emily, 1827-1929
Abstract This collection includes the papers of Emily Howland (1827-1929), a Quaker educator and humanitarian who is particularly remembered for her work with freed slaves in the South. The collection contains correspondence, journals, other manuscripts, memorabilia, and images of Emily Howland and members of the Howland and Tallcot families. Topics covered include education, philanthropy, abolition, and women's rights.
Description Emily Howland's life included some similarities to Martha Schofield's, but their writing differed. Howland's letters and diaries are mostly newsy, focused on daily goings-on and activities. Only rarely does she discuss politics or her work or reflect on her feelings. Her reflective moments tend to be about religion, philosophy, or the natural world. The collection does not include diaries for the years in which she worked in a contraband camp and started her schools. The collection does include some interesting essays, including one on citizenship rights for women and African Americans. Her collection of suffrage badges and memorabilia is also noteworthy.
Research interest Emily Howland led a very interesting life, but she did not often comment on its most notable parts. Researchers hoping to find detailed information about her work with contraband, in schools for freedpeople, or for suffrage may find the day-to-day nature of this collection somewhat frustrating.
Size 7 lf
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Contributing institution Friends Historical Library: Swarthmore College
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