Rachael Noyes, Julia Ward Howe First Day Issue Collection

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


Rachael Noyes, collector

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A collection of ephemera and clippings collected at the first day of issue event for the Julia Ward Howe Stamp. The event was held at Perkins on February 12, 1987.

.25 linear foot, 1 manuscript box
Processed by: 

Jen Hale, 2018

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Julia Ward (1819-1910) was born in New York. She married Samuel Gridley Howe in 1843, and together they had six children. Julia Ward Howe is today principally remembered for having written “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” but during her lifetime she was renowned as an abolitionist, woman suffragist, essayist, lecturer and poet whose lecture tours were often sold out. She was instrumental in establishing women’s rights organizations throughout the country, and in 1908 she was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. At her funeral services in 1910, Boston’s Symphony Hall was unable to contain the multitude of mourners.

Sources of information: 

McGinnity, B.L., Seymour-Ford, J. and Andries, K.J. (2004) Figures in Perkins History. Perkins History Museum, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA.

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The Rachael Noyes, Julia Ward Howe First Day Issue Collection, Perkins School for the Blind

The collection contains ephemera, clippings and collectible stamps from the first day issue event held for the Julia Ward Howe stamp at Perkins School for the Blind. Two first day covers of the stamps and a first day postcard are included. There are two programs with autographs, including the Boston Division Postmaster and a Howe descendant. Clippings about the stamp and a document likely handed out at the event that discusses Julia Ward Howe’s association with Perkins is also included.


B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1

Key to Abbreviations (any names that may have been abbreviated)

1 half manuscript box arranged by format

Container List: 

Box: 1 

B1:F1: First day issue programs, 1987
[one has autographs]

B1:F2: Document about Julia Ward Howe’s association with Perkins, [1987]

B1:F3: First day covers, 1987

B1:F4: First day postcard, 1987

B1:F5: Clippings, 1987

This collection was donated to Perkins Archives by Perkins Staff member Rachel Noyes in 2018.
Subject Headings: 

Commemorative postage stamps.

Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910.

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

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