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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984

Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984

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Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1934-1955, 1974
6 folders
Box 1

This series includes a short autobiographical sketch that Howe wrote when he was 30; obituaries and news clippings for Howe's father Thomas Carr Howe; a scholarship announcement with congratulations; the copyright certificate for
Salt Mines and Castles
; and an article about Addison F. Armstrong, Howe's maternal grandfather; and a resume.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1932-1984
2.1 linear feet
Box 1-3

This series contains personal and professional correspondence. Howe wrote brief descriptions identifying the correspondent, such as the person's job or relationship, on many of the letters. Correspondence with individuals who wrote infrequently is arranged chronologically. Correspondence with friends and colleagues, as well as letters written by prominent figures in the art world, such as artists and historians, are separated and arranged alphabetically. Also found here is correspondence from his post-war work as the Cultural Affairs Advisor to the U.S. High Commissioner of Germany.
The series is arranged as 3 subseries:
Subseries 2.1: Chronological Correspondence, 1932-1942, 1946-1953, 1957-1984
Subseries 2.2: Cultural Affairs Advisor, 1948-1952
Subseries 2.3: Alphabetical Correspondence, 1933-1983

Series 3: Writings, circa 1946
2 folders
Box 3

This series includes a short summary by Howe of
Salt Mines and Castles: Postwar Recovery of Looted Masterpieces
and a cassette tape of a question and answer session with Howe about the book.

Series 4: Professional Files, circa 1945-1975
0.3 linear feet
Box 3, 5

Scattered professional files document some of Howe's work as the Director of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and a few international art tours he organized. A few trips were organized in conjunction with the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and others were sponsored by the Museum Society, presumably the De Young Museum Society of San Francisco. Most of the records are copies of itineraries.
This series also includes a survey of Los Angeles museum curator Salaries which Howe used to request a raise for his art director position at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (CPLH); a membership list of Bohemian Club artists; and a Municipal Executive Employees Standardization Committee questionnaire about Howe's responsibilities as the CPLH director.

Series 5: Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Records and Looted Art Inventories, circa 1942-1950
0.3 linear feet
Box 3, 5, OV 6

This series includes inventories of looted art, official and published reports, and printed materials such as maps, bulletins, and a book of government regulations all related to Howe's work in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section.
The series is arranged as 3 subseries:
Subseries 5.1: Looted Art Inventories, circa 1942-1950
Subseries 5.2: Reports, 1944-1949
Subseries 5.3: Printed Materials, 1944-1947

Series 6: Photographs, 1938-1970
1.2 linear feet
Box 3-5

Found here are photographs documenting Howe's work in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section and personal photographs. Many of the photographs have hand-written or typed annotations on the verso.
The series is arranged as 2 subseries:
Subseries 6.1: Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section Photographs, 1940-1949
Subseries 6.2: Personal Photographs, 1938-1970

Series 7: Scrapbook, 1936-1948
0.1 linear feet
Box 4

This scrapbook is filled with news clippings on celebrities, such as Joe Di Maggio, socialites, and various events. The bulk of the clippings appear to be about entertainment and contain jokes, advice columns, and movie advertisements. Only a few articles, largely anecdotal, reference World War II. There is one news clipping with a photo of Howe's wife Francesca.
The scrapbook was dismantled and separated into three folders for preservation purposes.

Series 8: Printed Materials, 1934-1980
0.4 linear feet
Box 4

Printed materials includes news clippings and miscellaneous records such as postcards, benefit and fundraising papers, memorial tributes, etc. The news clippings cover topics such as Monuments Men activities and discoveries, art exhibitions, reviews for
Salt Mines and Castles
, and information about various art dealers and collectors. This series also contains essays, postcards, memorial tributes for colleagues, fundraising information packets, and a file of information on the provenance of a painting.
The news clippings are grouped together chronologically, followed by miscellaneous printed materials.

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