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Douglass Morse Howell collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MRBC-MS-00038

Scope and Contents

The collection includes handmade papers and printed ephemera; a copy ofThe Art of the Book, some hand-bindings by Douglass Morse Howell [8] leaves. Also included is Douglass Morse Howell Papermaker, September 11-October 31, 1987, New York Public Library. 20 p. and two blank books bound by Howell, using his papers; one is signed by him and dated 1968.

Dates of Materials

  • 1940 - 1968


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Douglass Morse Howell (1906-1994) was an artist seeking better paper for his wood engravings in the 1930s when he began to create papers in New York City. Later he moved operations to Long Island. His papers were made from linen or home-grown flax. It was the texture, color and weight that set his papers apart from other handmade papers. Howell also lectured and wrote on the history of paper and its uses in print and bookmaking, and his papers were used by artists for their printing, collage, drawing and watercolors.


1.75 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown

Finding aid to Douglass Morse Howell collection
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-30: Finding aid updated to current standards and published.

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063