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Finding Aid for the Joseph M. Howorth Collection of James O. Eastland Correspondence (MUM01708)

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Finding Aid for the Joseph M. Howorth Collection of James O. Eastland Correspondence



Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph M. Howorth Collection of James O. Eastland Correspondence
Dates: 1927-1941
Collector: Howorth, Joseph M.
Physical Extent: 1 box (.209 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM01708
Location: Library Annex
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Collection of correspondence from James O. Eastland to Joseph Howorth concerning politics.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

In 1983-1984, Lucy Somerville Howorth donated to the University of Mississippi four original letters from James O. Eastland received by her late husband, Joseph M. Howorth, and a copy of one letter from Howorth to Eastland.

Processing Information

After finding the letters and accompanying correspondence from the donor among the papers of John Sobotka, the first curator of the James O. Eastland Collection, Leigh McWhite processed the papers and completed the inventory on 17 April 2006. Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 8 July 2009.

Additions

No further additions are expected to this collection.


Subject Terms

Eastland, James O. (James Oliver), 1904-1986
Politicians -- Mississippi
Southern States--Politics and government--1865-1950.


Formats

correspondence


Biographical Note

Joseph M. Howorth

Joseph M. Howorth practiced law in Greenville, Mississippi with his wife. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Lucy Somerville Howorth to the Board of Veterans Appeals, and her husband accompanied her to Washington, DC. In 1954, the couple returned to Mississippi and established a law practice together in Cleveland. Joseph M. Howorth died in 1980.

James O. Eastland

James Oliver Eastland was born on 28 November 1904 in Doddsville, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi (1922-1924), Vanderbilt University (1925-1926), and the University of Alabama (1926-1927). After admission to the state bar in 1927, he practiced law in Forest, Mississippi and served for a time in the Mississippi House of Representatives. In 1941, U.S. Senator Pat Harrison of Mississippi died in office, and Governor Paul B. Johnson Sr. offered the temporary appointment to Eastland. Eastland successfully campaigned for the senate seat in 1942, remaining in Congress until his retirement in 1978.


Scope and Content Note

Three of the letters from Eastland and the copy of the letter from Howorth predate Eastland’s first tenure in the U.S. Senate. The 1927 letter indicates Eastland’s early interest in a political career. Eastland sent the fourth letter in October 1941 upon returning to Mississippi.


User Information

Prefered Citation

Joseph M. Howorth Collection of James O. Eastland Correspondence, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Joseph M. Howorth Collection of James O. Eastland Correspondence is open for research. This collection is stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using this collection must contact Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit.

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Related Material

Resources at the University of Mississippi

James O. Eastland Collection. A finding aid for this congressional collection is available at http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00117/

American Association of University Women Collection (AAUW). Includes correspondence from Lucy Somerville Howorth in boxes 35 & 36. Finding aid is available online at http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00513/.

William M. Cash and Lucy Somerville Howorth, eds. My Dear Nellie: The Civil War Letters of William L. Nugent to Eleanor Smith Nugent. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1977. Call Number: E605 N83 1977.

A Celebration Honoring Lucy Somerville Howorth on Her 100th Birthday. [Cleveland, MS: Delta State University, 1995]. Call Number: KF39 H69 C45 1995.

Faulkner Small Manuscripts Collection. Includes a 1939 letter from Ella Somerville to Lucy Somerville Howorth commenting on the author William Faulkner and conditions at the University of Mississippi. Finding aid is available online at http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00175/.

Framed Items Collection. Includes 1940 photograph of Lucy Somerville Howorth (Frame YY2). Location: Library Annex.

Keith Somerville Dockery McLean with Deborah C. Fort. Wanderer from the Delta. K.S.D. McLean, 2002. Subjects covered include Lucy Somerville Howorth. Call Number: CT275 M465375 A3 2002.

Willie Morris Collection. Includes correspondence with Lucy Somerville Howorth. Finding aid is available in Special Collections.

Dorothy S. Shawhan and Martha H. Swain. Lucy Somerville Howorth: New Deal Lawyer, Politician, and Feminist from the South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006. Call Number: F341 H698 S53 2006.

Vertical File Collection. Includes clippings folder on Lucy Somerville Howorth. Finding aid available online at: http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00459/.

Resources at Other Repositories

Delta State University: Lucy Somerville Howorth Collection.


Container List

1927 Correspondence
Folder 1 Typed letter dated 26 February 1927 from Eastland at the University of Alabama to Joe [Howorth], re: Eastland passing the bar in Mississippi, Eastland’s interest in running for election as representative, University of Alabama debating team versus University of Mississippi.
1938 Correspondence
Folder 2 Typed letter dated 13 January 1938 from Eastland in Ruleville, MS to Howorth in Washington, DC, re: Howorth in District of Columbia, Eastland visiting DC.
Typed letter dated 31 January 1938 from Eastland in Ruleville, MS to Howorth in Washington, DC, re: settling the estate of H.A. Rounsville, an African American employed by the Treasury Department, Eastland acting as lawyer for Jane Spearman of Ruleville & Douglas Rounsvill of Memphis, Ben Green of Mound Bayou handling the estate for the heirs; handwritten notations on reverse regarding details of estate.
Copy typed letter dated 3 February 1938 from Howorth to Eastland in Ruleville, MS, re: Howry A. Rounseville estate (2 pages)
1941 Correspondence
Folder 3 Typed letter dated 18 October 1941 from Eastland to Howorth, re: thanks for courtesies extended while in Washington, DC.