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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 papers of Thomas Carr Howe, Jr. 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 during World War II served as one of the Monuments Men in the Monuments, Fine Art and Archives (MFAA) Section of the U.S. Army. The collection contains substantial documentation of Howe's MFAA work in Germany and Austria locating and recovering cultural objects and works of art stolen and hid by the Nazis. There is significant correspondence with friends and colleagues, including Monuments Men S. Lane Faison, Edith Standen, and George Stout. The papers also contain numerous snapshots and annotated photographs documenting recovery, reports, inventories of stolen artwork, maps, a scrapbook, and additional correspondence from the period following the war when Howe served as the Cultural Advisor to the U.S. High Commissioner of Germany. The papers also document Howe's later work at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, but to a lesser degree.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Carr Howe, Jr. (1904-1994) was an art consultant in San Francisco, Calif. Howe 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.


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

Some records are in French and German.


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