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

Howe, Thomas Carr, 1904-1994

Art consultant, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 53 Pages, Transcript

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

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.

Language Note

English .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3198 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Use requires an appointment.

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.