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Llewellyn Howland was born in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1877. After receiving his education at Friends Academy, Milton Academy and Harvard University, he entered the building materials and oil businesses in Boston, Mass., and remained active as a business executive until about 1940, when he returned to South Dartmouth and began his second career as a writer. Howland's stories and sketches, published both in magazines and as books, chiefly consist of reminiscences of his childhood in the South Dartmouth area and often reflect his interest in sailing. He continued writing his nostalgic tales until shortly before his death in 1957.
The bulk of this collection consists of holograph, typescript, galley and printed copies of stories and sketches written by Llewellyn Howland between 1940-1955. Included are some of his most popular works printed in the Atlantic Monthly, including “Clambake,” 1940-1941; “Creamy Eyes,” 1942; “Holly Days,” 1942; and “Thumblings,” 1942-1943. These stories and others were collected and published as a book entitled Sou'West and By West of Cape Cod by Harvard University in 1947 which is also included in this collection. These documents are supplemented by business and personal correspondence, 1939-1955, which includes letters to and from Edward Weeks, editor of the Atlantic Monthly, as well as the editors of Yachting, Rudder, and American Neptune magazines. In addition, Howland's correspondence contains letters concerning copyrights and epistles from admiring readers. Other materials in this collection include copyright agreements, 1941-1944, and lists, miscellaneous research material, critiques, clippings and related items, principally concerning Howland's writings, ca. 1942-1953.
Materials in this collection are arranged into series by type of document. Correspondence is arranged chronologically by year, then alphabetically arranged by name of the writer. Howland's short stories are arranged alphabetically by title and include annotated manuscripts, photographs used to illustrate the stories, critiques and research material.
Arrangement of Collection
Series E: Lists, Miscellaneous Research Material, Critiques, Clippings, and Miscellany, 1827, 1879-1880, 1939-1950, 1953
Access to the Collection
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 21 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]
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Removed to Photographs Collection
- Portrait of Sidney Wittman, 1884.
- Photographs of gate and house, probably used to illustrate “Mane Paulispur”. 1952. 5 items.
- Mounted photograph of sailboat Wonderhow, for “Neponset Estuary,” 1951.
- Photographs and negatives of Tyche (Schooner), used to illustrate “Captain Swift and the Schooner Tyche,” 1954. 24 items.
Removed to Printed Collection
- "By an Unknown Soldier," 1944.
- Milton Bulletin, 1953.
- This Week Magazine, 22 July 1945, from the Sunday Baltimore Sun.
Removed to Objects Collection
- Christmas greeting card, ca. 1940.
Materials in this collection were donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Waldo Howland, Llewellyn Howland Jr., and the estate of Elizabeth Pope on 17 April 1981. Additional materials were donated to the Society by Llewellyn Howland III on 24 March 1987.
Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982. Additional material processed by Judith M. Downey on 25 October 1990.
Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 15 July 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 15 February 2012
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Authors and publishers--Mass.--South Dartmouth
Authors, American--Mass.--South Dartmouth
Authors--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
Howland, Llewellyn, 1877-1957
Periodicals, Publishing of
Short stories, American--Mass.--South Dartmouth
South Dartmouth, Mass.--Authors
South Dartmouth, Mass.--History
Weeks, Edward A. Jr., b. 1898
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