Julia Ward Howe First Day Stamp Issue Collection

Samuel P. Hayes Research Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472


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Julia Ward Howe First Day Stamp Issue Collection includes information from the U.S. Postal Service First Day Ward Howe stamp issue and its “First Day” stamp commemoration event at Perkins School for the Blind on Feb.12, 1987. Paper, magazine and slide documentation include the US Postal service issued First Day stamped envelopes, stamped First Day Perkins School postcards, the Perkins First Day event poster, the Perkins First Day Event program, press and magazine coverage concerning the stamp issue and the Perkins commemoration First Day event, and a biographical selection on Julia Ward Howe.

1 half-size document case, .25 linear feet
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Jane Pipik, 2019

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Julia Ward Howe was a prominent author, poet, playwright, and reformer. She is best known as the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, the Union Civil War Anthem.

She was married to and aided her husband Samuel Gridley Howe, the founding director of the Perkins School for the Blind in establishing school and training for the blind, and handicapped. They had six children.

She was an abolitionist and suffragist. She helped found Women's Suffrage Organizations, Women's Peace organizations, and Women's Clubs. She lectured and preached extensively in later life.

Ward Howe was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letter in 1908. Brown University and Smith granted her honorary degrees in 1909 and 1910 respectively. She was called the "Grand Old Woman of America” and the “Dearest Old Lady in America”.

Sources of information: 

“14cent-Howe, Great Americans Issue”  People, Postage and the Post, Smithsonian National Postage Museum, https://arago.si.edu/category_2037006.html

“James Trent Collection” Perkins School for the Blind, https://www.perkins.org/history/archives/collections/finding-aids/james-trent-collection

“Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910”, National Women’s History Museum, https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/julia-ward-howe

“Julia Ward Howe, American Writer”, Encyclopaedia-Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/editor/The-Editors-of-Encyclopaedia-Britannica/4419

“Julia Ward Howe Collection” Perkins School for the Blind, https://www.perkins.org/history/archives/collections/finding-aids/julia-ward-howe

“Julia Ward Howe: Correspondence, Howe Family Photographs and Memorabilia, Articles and Writing”, Perkins School for the Blind, https://www.flickr.com/photos/perkinsarchive/collections/72157628511037495/

“Papers of Julia Ward Howe,1857-1961, Collection Identifier A-24; M-133,  Harvard University  

“Samuel Gridley Howe Collection Finding Aid” Perkins School for the Blind, https://www.perkins.org/history/archives/collections/finding-aids/samuel-gridley-howe-collection

“The Rachael Noyes, Julia Ward Howe First Day Issue Collection” Perkins School for the Blind, https://www.perkins.org/history/archives/collections/finding-aids/rachael-noyes-julia-ward-howe-first-day-issue-collection

Credit line/Citation: 
Perkins School for the Blind, Julia Ward Howe First Day Stamp Issue Collection

US Postal Service press release and organizational paper on “First Day”  activities, color slide of Julia Ward Howe stamp, original stamped “First Day” envelopes and Perkins postcards, Perkins First Day poster and Event Brochure, press reviews from The Boston Globe, NY Times, the Washington Times, The News Tribune, The Watertown Sun, Linns Stamps News, STAMPS philately magazine and biographical information on Julia Ward Howe


 1 box arranged by subject. The bulk of the collection is arranged chronologically.

Container List: 

Key to Abbreviations: 

B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1

Box: 1:

B1:F1: U.S. Postal Service Commemoration Documents, 1987

B1:F2: Color transparency of Julia Ward Howe stamp and Correspondence, 1987

B1:F3: “Stamps”, Philately magazine and article, 1986, 1987
[Photocopies of both articles,2019]

B1:F4: Thirty-two Commemorative Day Issue Envelopes, 1987

B1:F5: Two Perkins School stamped postcards, 1987

B1:F6: Printed paper Perkins “First Day” poster, 1987

B1:F7: Two First Day Issue Perkins School Program Feb.12,1987

B1:F8: Press articles on Commemorative Stamp Issue, 1987

B1:F9: Original Newspaper Press on Perkins “First Day” Commemoration, 1987
[Photocopies of newspaper article 2019]

B1:F10: Photocopied biographical books chapters and articles, circa 1987

Perkins School for the Blind
Subject Headings: 

Commemorative postage stamps.

Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910.

Howe, Samuel Gridley, 1801-1876.

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

Perkins School for the Blind—History—People—Founders.

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