Fonds PR3797 - Harold Taylor Howard fonds

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Harold Taylor Howard fonds

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    • 1918-1993 (Creation)

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    0.06 m textual and other material.

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    Biographical history

    Harold Taylor Howard was born in Edmonton on February 8, 1905 to John “Whitfield” Howard and Annie Elizabeth Howard (neé Colwill). Whitfield and Annie had come to Edmonton from Prince Edward Island around 1900 with their two eldest children, Hedley and Elizabeth. Their sons Carman, Harold, and Lawrence were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Harold attended H. A. Gray and Norwood Elementary Schools and then went to Victoria High School. Harold married Jeanette Susan “Sue” Smith (1905-1999) in Partridge Hills, Alberta on July 4, 1928. Sue was the daughter of Ralph and Mary Smith of Partridge Hills, and she became a music teacher

    Shortly after finishing school, Harold started working for the government of Alberta. He worked in the Treasury Department, Department of Agriculture, and finally became the head draftsman with the Architectural Branch of the Department of Public Works. He worked for the government for 43 years, except for the period during World War II when he served in the 44th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME). He retired from the public service in 1971.

    Harold and Sue moved to Sidney, British Columbia in 1971 where they were part of the Sidney Senior Citizens Serenaders choir group. Harold enjoyed drawing and painting, singing, and gardening.

    He passed away in Sidney on August 8, 1993.

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    The fonds consists of a eulogy, birth registration, newspaper clippings, correspondence, diplomas, and memorial records of Harold Taylor Howard. The artwork is of buildings, scenery, designs, posters, book covers, flowers, and portraits. Photographs and negatives are of Harold in military uniform, flowers and gardens, singing groups, friends, and his 60th wedding anniversary. The handkerchief is hand-painted by Harold.

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    Material was donated by Rhoda Crawford, a niece of Harold’s by marriage, in 2013.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Records created by the Government of Alberta departments Harold worked for can be found at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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        Further accruals are expected.

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        Includes accessions PR2013.0093 and PR2016.0378.

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        Includes 70 photographs, 26 negatives, 61 artworks, 1 handkerchief.

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