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Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984

Howe, Thomas Carr, 1904-1994

Art consultant, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 4.4 Linear feet

Summary: The Thomas Carr Howe papers measure 4.4 linear feet and date from 1932 to 1984. Howe was director of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco for nearly 40 years, and he served as one of the Monuments Men in the Monuments, Fine Art and Archives (MFAA) Section of the U.S. Army during World War II. The collection documents Howe's MFAA work in Germany and Austria locating and recovering cultural artifacts and artwork stolen by the Nazis. There is significant correspondence with friends and colleagues, as well as fellow Monuments Men such as Samson Lane Faison, Edith Standen, and George Stout. The papers also includes reports, inventories of stolen artwork, maps, annotated photographs, a scrapbook, and photographs. The papers also document Howe's later work at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Carr Howe, Jr. (1904-1994) served as the director of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco for nearly four decades and, during World War II, as an officer in the U.S. Army's Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives unit assisting with locating, recovering, and restituting cultural objects and artwork stolen by the Nazis.

Provenance

Thomas Carr Howe donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in multiple installments from 1979 to 1982.

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Language Note

Collection is in English. Some records are in French and German.

Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.