Howard Lane Blackwell (1877-1972)
Howard Lane Blackwell earned three degrees from Harvard University: A.B. 1899, A.M. 1900, and Ph.D. (in physics) 1905. Before going into real estate, Blackwell was comptroller of Harvard (1906 to 1910), a lecturer in physics (1918), and organizer of the Memorial Hall Dining Association. This collection consists of letters sent to Blackwell by business acquaintances, friends, and family, including his son George. Of note are the letters concerning the mental health of Blackwell's cousin Brookes Robinson, including an exchange of letters between Blackwell and Brookes Robinson and letters from Brookes's aunt Mary Robinson, discussing the difficulties of caring for Brookes, and her feeling that he and his sister Antoinette should be institutionalized.