Guide to the Helen Addison Howard Papers 1934-1989
Cage 197

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Howard, Helen Addison
Title
Helen Addison Howard Papers
ID
Cage 197
Date [inclusive]
1934-1989
Extent
50.0 items.
General Physical Description note
2.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Manuscripts of War Chief Joseph (1941) and Saga of Chief Joseph (1965) and published articles on western history.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 197, Helen Addison Howard Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Helen Addison Howard (Mrs. Ben Overland) was a writer of western U.S. history. She published two books on Chief Joseph and was one of several 1930s and 1940s writers who authored works on the Nez Perce. Howard also wrote on other Western topics, the last of which was a booklength manuscript entitled The UY Ranch: Reminiscences of a Montana Stockman's Wife: 1912-1921. The Sunflower University Press of Manhattan, Kansas, published it posthumously in 1989. Howard was born in Missoula, Montana, in 1904. She studied history at the University of Montana (called Montana State University at that time), under the direction of Paul C. Phillips. Howard received a master's degree in history at the University of Southern California. Since the 1930s, she made her home in Burbank, California. Howard continued to write up to her death from cancer in 1989.

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Scope and Contents note

The Howard Papers consists principally of two book-length manuscripts ( War Chief Joseph and  Saga of Chief Joseph); correspondence between Howard and several other local and regional historians, and others; and maps, photographs, and drawings used in Howard's books, and paper placemats with a Native American motif used by the Florence Hotel, Missoula, Montana. During the mid-1930s, Helen Addison Howard researched and wrote her first book-length manuscript,  War Chief Joseph. Caxton Printers of Caldwell, Idaho, published it in 1941. The volume was reissued in 1958. Howard later made extensive revisions to  War Chief Joseph and published the revised work as  Saga of Chief Joseph in 1958. The Helen Addison Howard Papers comprises all items accessioned at several points since 1941, except for an autographed copy of  Saga of Chief Joseph, published in 1965. This volume was separated from the collection and is shelved in the rare books section of the WSU Libraries--Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in three series, reflecting the diverse nature of the items included in it.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1997

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Helen Addison Howard gave the Washington State University Libraries a substantial portion of this collection in 1941 and between 1965 and 1972. It was catalogued as Cage 197. More recently, in 1990, Helen Addison Howard's niece, Barbara Howard Finn, of Missoula, Montana, donated one linear foot of related materials (accessioned as MS 90-61).

Processing Information note

Robert W. Hadlow processed the 1990 accession and reprocessed Cage 197 in February and March 1994. Both collections are combined as Cage 197.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Nez Percé Indians--Wars, 1877

Personal Name(s)

  • Howard, Helen Addison --Archives
  • Joseph, Nez Percé Chief, 1840-1904

Subject(s)

  • Idaho
  • Indians of North America--Northwest, Pacific--Wars
  • Native Americans
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Manuscripts of Books 

Manuscript of War Chief Joseph 

Box Folder

Introduction and Chapter 1 

1 1

Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 

1 2

Chapters 6, 7, 8 

1 3

Chapters 9, 10 

1 4

Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14 

1 5

Chapters 15, 16, 17, 18 

1 6

Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 

1 7

Chapters 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, Appendix 

1 8

Notes 

1 9

Bibliography and Index 

1 10

Manuscript of Saga of Chief Joseph 

Box Folder

Introduction and Chapters 1, 2, 3 

1 11

Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7 

1 12

Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 

1 13

Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16 

1 14

Chapters 17, 18, 19, 20 

1 15

Chapters 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 

2 16

Appendices, Bibliography, Index, Revisions, etc. 

2 17

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Series 2. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Items 

Box Folder

The UY Ranch: Reminiscences of a Montana Stockman's Wife, 1912-1921, by Helen Addison Howard, Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press 1989 

2 18

Sales Brochure, Sunflower University Press, listing The UY Ranch. 1989 

2 19

The Courier's Ordeal,  True West, photocopy July-August 1966 

2 20

A Divided Command Doomed The Nez Perces,  Frontier Times, photocopy August-September 1967 

2 21

The Puzzle of Baptiste Charbonneau,  Frontier Times, photocopy June-July 1970 

2 22

Did Chief Joseph Slay Mrs. Manuel? Frontier Times, photocopy December-January 1972 

2 23

Original copies of preceding four articles 

2 24

Correspondence 

Box Folder

War Chief Joseph, 1934-1949 

2 25

Placemats, the Chief Coffee Shop, Florence Hotel, Missoula, Montana 1954 

2 26

Saga of Chief Joseph, book orders 1965 

2 27

Copyright infringement Hear Me, My Chiefs, NBC Radio Theatre Production 1949 

2 28

Copyrighting and Movie Rights to War Chief Joseph, 1952-1961 

2 29

Grace Bartlett 1968-1972 

2 30

Nettie Connell 1955 

2 31

J. H. Horner 1941-1948 

2 32

McGrath Family 1941-1945 

2 33

Miscellaneous concerning War Chief Joseph 

2 34

Stephen Perry Jocelyn 1947-1953 

2 35

Lew L. Callaway 1947 

2 36

Vilhjalmur Stefansson 1953 

2 37

M. Stubblefield, re: War Chief Joseph 1941 

2 38

E. Jurenne Poe 1961 

2 39

Raymond R. Carlson 1962-1963 

2 40

Miscellaneous 1947-1979 

2 41
Box Folder

Newspaper Clippings 

2 42

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Series 3. Maps,  Photographs,  Drawings 

Box Folder

Miscellaneous Photographs and Negatives used in Howard's books 

3 43

Miscellaneous Drawings and Maps used in Howard's books 

3 44

Placemats, The Chief Coffee Shop, the Florence Hotel, Missoula, Montana 1954 

3 45

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