59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Alice Howland Scrapbook

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum
Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call NumberRU 513
Creator Howland, Alice, 1897-1986
TitleAlice Howland scrapbook
Extent1 folder (0.138 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractAlice Forbes Howland had a long family history with Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings about ancient artifacts and weather extremes.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 513, Alice Howland Scrapbook.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alice Howland of Chilmark in 1983 (Accession no. 1983.051).

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joyce Cooper in February 2015 with assistance from Lara J. Ullman and machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in March 2015.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)


  • Hurricanes
  • Monuments

Biography/Historical Note

Alice Hathaway Forbes Howland (1897-1986) was the daughter of John Malcolm Forbes (1847-1904) and his second wife Rose (Dabney) Forbes (1864-1947). Alice married Weston Howland in Milton, Massachusetts, in 1922. The couple lived in Milton for many years and had three children. Alice Howland is the author of three books: Three Islands Pasque, Nashawena and Penikese; Growing up at Uncatena; and The Descendants of John Bass Dabney and Roxa Lewis Dabney: 1766-1966.

Scope and Content Note

Howland had in interest in the ancient beginnings of Martha’s Vineyard shown in the articles she saved about Viking history, ancient monuments, and prehistoric finding. There are also articles about changes made to the island by hurricanes.


The material is housed in Box 1 of RU 507, American Youth Hostel Scrapbooks.

Collection Inventory


Scrapbook, 1949-1970