Papers of John Howard

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of John Howard and his family, including:  

  • Correspondence, 1782-9
  • Notebooks, 1769-89, containing notes relating to Howard's travels in Italy, France and Holland, 1769-70, visits to prisons and hospitals in Europe, 1786-7, and devotional pieces, 1788-9
  • Papers relating to Howard's estate, 1723-99, and papers of his executors, 1787-1900

Administrative / Biographical History

John Howard (? 1726-1790), was a philanthropist and prison reformer. Details are given in the  Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library, 1954-5.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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