Henry James Howell fonds
1914-1939, predominant 1914-1919
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.
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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(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6811, PA-2579, PB-634, NA-4617