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Louise Howe papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00354

Scope and Contents

The Louise Howe papers include correspondence she received during her time at Smith, primarily consisting of congratulatory notes from friends for her academic and sports-related achievements. These are notes that Howe received upon her acceptance to the prestigious Alpha Society of Smith College, as well as the initial invitation she received from the Alpha Society, and numerous cards that came with flower arrangements.

The collection contains her calendar for 1910. This page-a-day calendar covers the year of 1910. Almost every page contains brief journaling about Howe's day, and a few pages include photographs. The collection also includes mementos from Smith events such as the Freshman Frolic, Junior Prom, and her suede Alpha Society notepad and pencil.

Miscellaneous items among these papers consist of a report card and newspaper clippings from her senior year at Classical High School.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1909 - 1973


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

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. 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. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, 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

Born in 1891 in Providence, Rhode Island, Louise Russell Howe attended Classical High School before joining the Smith College Class of 1914. During her time at Smith, she excelled in sports and academics, a member of both the hockey and basketball teams, as well as the prestigious Alpha Honor Society. After graduation, she attended a two-year program in gymnastics at Wellesley College, and subsequently taught physical education at Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts. She eventually became superintendent of physical education for public schools in Duluth, Minnesota, as well as a brief period teaching at the University of Michigan until she married John Harry Marshall in 1926. Her children included daughter Elizabeth Marshall (1949) and stepson Alden Marshall. In 1944, Howe used her physiotherapy training to work in the fracture and orthopedic clinics in a Providence hospital.

Until her death in August 1973 at age 82, Howe was active in the Providence Art Club, Women's Alliance of the First Unitarian Church in Providence, and the Rhode Island Smith College Club. She also served on the board of directors of the Home for Aged Women in Providence.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Member of the Class of 1914. Contains correspondence, notes, clippings, school work, and a calendar.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Finding aid to the Louise Howe papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Anna Eisen.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-08: Updated to conform to DACS and added boxes

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063