HOWELL, CLARK, 1863-1936.
Clark Howell papers, 1864-1936

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Howell, Clark, 1863-1936.
Title: Clark Howell papers, 1864-1936
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 501
Extent:1.75 linear ft. (5 boxes), 1 bound volume (BV), and 4 oversized bound volumes (OBV)
Abstract:Papers of editor, legislator, and politician Clark Howell including scrapbooks, correspondence, published speeches and writings, genealogy, and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Clark Howell letters and Clark Howell family papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia.


Gift, 1956, with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Clark Howell papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Sarah Gardner; updated by E. Lee Eltzroth, Project Archivist, September 1991.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Clark Howell, editor, legislator, and politician, was born September 21,1863, in Barnwell County, South Carolina, and died November 14, 1936 in Atlanta, Georgia.

After his father (Evan Park Howell) retired as publisher of the Atlanta Constitution, he replaced him and bought control of the newspaper in 1901, becoming editor-in-chief for 35 years. He served as a Georgia legislator, 1885-1891 (Speaker 1891), and again 1900-1906, but his 1907 gubernatorial bid was unsuccessful. He was chairman of three national commissions, a trustee of University of Georgia (1896-1927); wrote History of Georgia (1926) and helped the Constitution win the 1931 Pulitzer Prize by exposing Atlanta city graft.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Clark Howell from 1864-1936. The papers include scrapbooks, correspondence, published speeches and writings, genealogy, postcards, photographs, transcripts, obituaries, and an interview. These materials relate to Howell's life, career, travels, and to the Howell family; scrapbooks contain clippings, postcards, and obituaries which are of Howell, his father Evan, his mother Julia, his children Rosalie and Hugh M. Comer Howell. Correspondence is from Claude G. Bowes to John B. Stetson, Jr. Transcripts are of Evan P. Howell's Civil War letters; an interview is with Rosalie Howell.

Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence: Theodore Roosevelt to Clark Howell, 2 TLS: 21 May 1917, 28 November 1918
1 2 Miscellaneous correspondence, 2 ALS, 1 AL, 5 TLS: no date, 13 September 1901, [1901 or 1907?], 2 August 1935, 15 February 1935, 8 February 1935, 21 January 1935, 14 January 1935
1 3 Cartoon drawing, Harper's Weekly, 1902
1 4 Published Speeches and writings: 1892, 1906, 1925
1 5 Hawaii Mementoes, 1931
1 6 Clark Howell obituaries, eulogies, and resolutions: typescript, 1936-1937
1 7 Miscellaneous formal photographs, 1920s-1930s
1 8 Official Report for Meuse-Argonne Battle, 1918
1 9 Captain E. P. Howell papers, typescripts
2 1 Cary, Joyce. Herself Surprised. London: Michael Joseph, Ltd., 1941. (Ralph McGill's presentation copy to Mrs. Howell.)
2 2 Hinkel, John V., The Contributions of Adolph S. Ochs to Journalism. New York: J. J. Little and Ives Co., 1931.
2 3 McGill, Ralph, Israel Revisited. Atlanta: Tupper and Love, Inc., 1950. (Ralph McGill's presentation copy to Major Clark Howell.)
3 1 Scrapbook: Clippings re: Clark Howell's public career, 1886-1888
3 2 Scrapbook: Clippings re: Clark Howell's public career, 1898
4 1 Scrapbook: Clippings re: Clark Howell's public career, 1899-1901
5 1 Scrapbook: Postcards, 1906-1909
5 2 Scrapbook: Postcards, no date
5 1 Scrapbook: Postcards, ca. 1907-1909
BV1 Scrapbook: Obituaries for Hugh M. Comer
OBV1 Scrapbook: Obituaries for Captain E. P. Howell and Mrs. Julia A. Howell
OBV2 Scrapbook: Clippings and memorabilia re: Howell's trip to England as Senior Page Fellow, 1930
OBV3 Scrapbook: Personal mementoes of Julia Howell's
OBV4 Scrapbook: obituaries for Clark Howell