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The Dr. Minnie F. Howard Papers includes personal correspondence (1890 - 1957) with the earliest of these relating to social life in rural Kansas, public schools, medical education and medical practice in rural Kansas, the history of Pocatello and southern Idaho, genealogy, and other personal matters. Included are a complete set of letters exchanged between the Howards from the time of their first meeting in 1890 until their marriage in 1894, during most of which time they were apart; a complete series of letters exchanged in 1898 when Minnie Howard took a semester off from medical school in Kansas City; letters written to William Howard from Minnie after he left Cuba, Kansas to move to Pocatello, leaving her behind to wind up their medical practice and other affairs; and, a fairly complete set of letters exchanged between the Howards during a period of separation after William joined the United States Army in 1917, again leaving Minnie behind to wind up their affairs in Pocatello before joining him in Washington State. Additional correspondence from the Howard's sons and other relatives and friends is also included.

Minnie Howard's memoirs, which are part of the collection, consist of scattered recollections she jotted down in later years, that relate primarily to her youth in Missouri and Kansas, but also include some of her experiences as a medical practitioner and mother.

Her papers also include a few Civil War documents, manuscripts, notes, and materials relating to Idaho's Old Fort Hall, Pocatello institutions, and Idaho history. Records pertaining to the Oregon Trail Memorial Association (1926 - 1958), the Women's Christian Temperance Union (ca. 1919 - 1958), the Prohibition National Committee (1921 - 1939), and a significant amount of photographs and negatives, help round out the collection.

In addition to Minnie Howard's papers, the collection also consists of her husband's papers, which contain information on his medical practice, United States Army service, and community activities. Records of investments and farming are included with his records since he handled most of the financial affairs of the family.

 

This collection is being digitized with the assistance of graduate students from the Department of History enrolled in HIST 6610, "History in the Digital Age" with Dr. Kathleen Kole de Peralta.

 
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