Oral history interview with Thomas Carr Howe, 1976 June 2-3

Howe, Thomas Carr , b. 1904 d. 1994
Arts administrator, Art consultant
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Size: Transcript: 53 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 37 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Thomas Carr Howe conducted 1976 June 2-3, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.

Howe speaks of the history of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the growth of the museum and its collections, the museum's relationship with the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, as well as his service in World War II in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section of the U.S. Army, where he worked closely with George Stout recovering stolen artwork in the salt mines at Alt Aussee.

Biographical/Historical Note: Thomas Carr Howe (1904-1994) was a museum director of San Francisco, California.

These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Thomas Carr Howe, 1976 June 2-3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Note: This typewritten transcript was scanned and run through optical character recognition software (OCR). However, the resulting OCR text has not been reviewed or edited for accuracy.



This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Thomas Carr Howe, 1976 June 2-3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.