The Parkman Dexter Howe Library is comprised of thousands of books and manuscripts by New England authors and contains many early New England books. The Parkman Dexter Howe Library is one of the finest collections of its kind and is documented in a 10-part catalog produced by noted bibliographers such as Roger Stoddard, Michael Winship, and Thomas Tanselle. Among its holdings are many of importance to American literature, among them Anne Bradstreet's poems, the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Greenleaf Whittier, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many others. The collection is particularly strong in holdings of nineteenth century authors.
Parkman Dexter Howe began collecting New England literature after the death of his father, Henry S. Howe, who had begun building the Howe Library. In 1980, following Parkman Dexter Howe's death, the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida Libraries acquired the collection.
For more collection information, consult one of the following:
- My New England Authors: an introduction to the collection by the collector, Parkman Dexter Howe
- The Book Collector at Home, a background essay on the Parkman Dexter Howe by Charles A. Rheault, Jr.
- The Book Collector Afield, a background essay on the Library by George T. Goodspeed
The banner graphic above was derived from The Swimming Hole, a painting by Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins. Eakins' paintings were influential among the New England writers of the later 19th and early 20th centuries among the holdings of the Parkman Dexter Howe Library.