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Henry James Howell fonds

1914-1939, predominant 1914-1919

Physical Description:
6 cm of textual records. -- 49 photographs. -- 18 sketches

Henry James "Harry" Howell, 1889-1972, was born in Liverpool, England. He came to Calgary, Alberta in 1910 and opened a company called Art Signs. He served in the 4th Canadian Field Ambulance, 2nd Canadian Division during First World War as a quartermaster sergeant. He enlisted at Calgary in November 1914, and served in France until his demobilization in 1919. He was employed by Art Sign Co. from 1920-1925. From 1926 to 1941 he operated Howell Signs at 400, 325-8th Avenue SW, and then went on active service during the Second World War. From 1948 to 1950 he worked as a sign painter at Art Craft Sign Studios. From 1951 until his retirement in 1961 he worked as a commercial artist, briefly operating Howell and Wilson Display Co. in 1953. He and his wife Catherine had two sons, Cecil Charles and Douglas Pemberton.

Custodial History:
These records were donated to Glenbow's Military History Department ca. 1975 and then transferred to the Archives in 1984.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of photographs and sketches by Harry of 4th Canadian Field Ambulance (1914-1919); Harry's active service paybook and discharge papers (1919); a Canadian Field Ambulance newsletter (1918); First World War postcards; and miscellaneous military pamphlets.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Mr. C.C. Howell, 1984.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6811, PA-2579, PB-634, NA-4617

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