Here you’ll find a collection of noteworthy documents relating to H. P. Lovecraft’s
life and death.
- “Return of a Birth” for H. P. Lovecraft,
- This form was filed for births that took place at home. Lovecraft was born on 20 August 1890 at
his grandfather’s house at 194 Angell Street, Providence, Rhode Island. This document
gives his mother’s age as 33, while she was actually 32 (her birthday was in
- Hope Street High School Transcript for H. P. Lovecraft,
1908 or later.
- Lovecraft attended Hope Street High School sporadically from 1904 to 1908. He excelled at plane
geometry (92), chemistry (95), and physics (95), but was a mediocre student at elementary
algebra (74) and intermediate algebra (75).
- Last Will of Howard P. Lovecraft, 12 August 1912.
- A week before Lovecraft’s 22nd birthday, he drafted a will and had it witnessed by his friend
Chester Pierce Monroe, Chester’s father Addison Pierce Munroe (a Rhode Island state
senator who had retired from business at age 47), and Albert A. Baker (the family lawyer).
- Draft Registration Card of Howard P. Lovecraft, 5 June
- At 26 years old, Lovecraft registered for the draft (as required by law). He lists his
occupation as “Writer”; his eyes and hair are both listed as “dark
- Certificate and Record of Marriage between Howard Phillips
Lovecraft and Sonia Haft-Greene, 3 March 1924.
- Howard and Sonia were married at St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan. Sonia’s
birthplace is given as “Cherringov, Russia” (probably Chernigov, now Ukraine, though
she was actually born in Ichnia or Konotop) and her parents as Simon and Rachel Haft (actually
Simyon and Racille Haft Shafirkin).
- Marriage Announcement, after 3 March 1924.
- After Howard and Sonia were married, they had 200 announcements printed and sent them to family
- Certificate of Death of Howard Philips Lovecraft, 16 March
- Lovecraft died at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, 15 March 1937 at the Jane Brown Memorial Hospital in
Providence—just two miles from the site of his birth. His principal cause of death is
listed as “carcinoma of small intestines” with a contributory cause of
- Last Will of Annie E. P. Gamwell, 10 January 1940.
- In the will of Lovecraft’s younger aunt (who died on 29 January 1941), she grants to
August Derleth and Donald Wandrei her royalties for The Outsider and Others. She
granted all her property to her second cousin, Mrs. Roy A. (Ethel) Morrish, and her friend, Edna
- Letter from Ethel P. Morrish and Edna W. Lewis to August Derleth and
Donald Wandrei, 2 May 1941.
- The so-called “Morrish-Lewis gift” gave to August Derleth and Donald Wandrei the
right to continue publishing Lovecraft’s work, but did not give them an exclusive right to
do so nor did it transfer any copyright to those works.