Howard Crosby Rice, Jr., was born on October 24, 1904 in Brattleboro, Vermont. He obtained his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1926, and received the degree of Docteur de l'Université de Paris in 1933 with his thesis, "Le Cultivateur Américain: Étude sur L'œuvre de Saint John de Crèvecœur."1 Rice held several teaching positions in both American and French schools before his term at Harvard University from 1936 to 1942 as Faculty Instructor in French and Tutor in History and Literature. After World War II, Rice served as Director of the United States Information Library in Paris in the U.S. Embassy.
From 1948 until his retirement in 1970, Rice was an Associate Professor at Princeton University, and served as the Assistant Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections. He also served as editorial consultant to The Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University. His publications include numerous articles and book reviews on historical, literary, artistic, and bibliographical subjects. Author of more than a half dozen scholarly studies, his later historical editing work dealing with various aspects of Franco-American relations, include Travels in North America in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782,2 and The American Campaigns of Rochambeau's Army, 1780-1783.3 His book, Thomas Jefferson's Paris, published by Princeton University Press in 1976, was honored as the first recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Award for Creative Scholarship in 1978.4
Howard Rice died in November 1980 at the age of 76.