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Alice O. Howell Papers, 1932-2011 (ongoing)
17 boxes (18.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 660

Abstract:
Teacher; Author; Astrologer. Collection includes personal papers and materials pertaining to Howell's career as an astrologer and teacher and practitioner of Jungian cosmology/psychology: a lengthy oral history; teaching materials; diaries; writings; correspondence; publicity materials; subject files; and memorabilia. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

Alice O. Howell retains copyright to her unpublished works. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Alice Orcutt Howell was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Penelope King and Reginald Wilson Orcutt. From the age of five, she lived abroad with her parents, traveling through thirty-seven countries on four continents by the age of eighteen. They lived in hotels and boarding schools, never staying more than three months in one place, and Howell became fluent in English, French, German and Italian. She earned a Deutsch Diploma at the Buser Institute in Switzerland with a major in German literature and a minor in World History, and later took postgraduate courses at the New York School for Social Research. Disillusioned with traditional Christianity and searching for spiritual meaning, beginning at age thirteen Howell read the holy books of many of the great religions, including the Bible, the Koran, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada, and the Tao Te Ching, as well as Greek and Norse mythology. She also studied the work of Jung, Freud, St. Ignatius and William James, as well as that of prominent astrologers. In 1944 she began a serious study of astrology under Marc Edmund Jones. She married Douglass Morse Howell and with him raised four children. She taught English and History in private schools on Long Island, New York for eighteen years, and also worked as a secretary to several people, including Norman Cousins, Editor of the Saturday Review of Literature, and Walter Russell, sculptor and physicist. During World War II, Howell worked in the U.S. Office of Censorship, censoring German and French mail in New York City.

Beginning in mid-life, Howell's interests in religion, astrology and psychology coalesced and her life took a different turn. Her most important professional contribution has been to "prove astrology a useful diagnostic adjunct to Jungian psychology", and for many years she taught the subject to analysts at the Jung Foundation and at the C. G. Jung Institutes in Chicago and Los Angeles. Howell has traveled the world, lectured widely, led many seminars, and is the author of nine books: Jungian Symbolism in Astrology (1987), Dove in the Stone: Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace (1988), Jungian Synchronicity in the Astrological Signs and Ages: Letters From An Astrologer (1990), How Like An Angel I Came Down: Conversations With Children on the Gospels (1991), Web in the Sea: Jung, Sophia, and the Geometry of the Soul (1993), Beejum book (2002), Lara's First Christmas (2004), Heavens Declare: Astrological Ages and the Evolution of Consciousness (2006), and From the Archives of the Heart: Collected Poems (2010). In 1980 she married her second husband, Walter A. Anderson, who died in 1998. Alice Howell died in Monterey, MA, on October 28, 2014.

[source: interview with Howell by Kate Scholly in the Dec/Jan 2009 issue of Mountain Astrologer]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Collection includes personal papers and materials pertaining to Howell's career as an astrologer and teacher and practitioner of Jungian cosmology/psychology: a lengthy oral history of Alice O. Howell conducted by Nancy Parker in July 2007 (audiorecording); teaching materials; published and recorded interviews with Howell; diaries; a written draft of her autobiography and other writings; extensive correspondence with colleagues, friends and students; publicity materials; subject files; and memorabilia.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

Alice O. Howell retains copyright to her unpublished works. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Alice O. Howell Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Alice Howell donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection beginning in in 2010. Periodic additions to the collection are expected.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2010


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


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Subjects
  • Astrologers -- United States -- Biography
  • Astrology -- Study and teaching
  • Howell, Alice O., 1922 -
  • Jungian psychology -- History -- Sources
  • Spirituality -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources


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