Henry E. Howell, Jr. Papers, 1948-1994 | Special Collections and University Archives
First accession: Gift of Henry Howell, Jr. November 1974
Second accession: Gift of Henry Howell, Jr. 1980.
Third Accession: Gift of Mary Howell, 1998.
Fourth Accession: Gift of Mary Howell, 2008.
City council members--Virginia--Norfolk
Democratic Party (Va.)
Howell, Elizabeth McCarty, 1917-2005
Howell, Henry E. (Henry Evans), 1920-1997
Virginia--Politics and government--1951-
Virginia. General Assembly
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Scope and Contents: 1st and 2nd Accession
The first and second accessions of the Howell collection (1974, 1980) range in date from 1948 to 1977, consisting of approximately 81.31 feet. The bulk of these accessions deal with Mr. Howell's political career, first in Norfolk, Virginia, and, after 1968, on the statewide level as well. The specifically political papers deal with Howell's involvement in political campaigns and Democratic Party affairs from 1948 through 1976. Most of this consists of correspondence, miscellaneous records and campaign materials from his own campaigns for office, especially those for Governor in 1969 and 1973, and for Lt. Governor in 1971. Most of the newspaper clippings, pictorial and sound records, file cards, and speeches concern these campaigns. The legislative material consists of correspondence and reference material directly related to Mr. Howell's legislative activities as a Delegate (1960-1962, 1964-1966) and State Senator (1966-1971).
The legal papers consist largely of briefs and correspondence pertaining to Mr. Howell's "political" cases: suits the re-poll tax, legislative reapportionment, the use of federal impact funds, etc., as well as State Corporation Commission hearings and related court suits regarding requests for rate increases by public utilities and insurance companies. They cover the period from the mid-1960's to the early 1970's. The personal papers are largely personal correspondence unrelated to Mr. Howell's legislative and legal careers. They contain some tax data but only up to 1958.
Scope and Contents: 3rd and 4th Accession
The third and fourth accessions of the Howell collection (1998, 2008) range in date from the 1930s to 1994 consisting of 125.38 linear feet. This combined accession consists of correspondence (personal, legal, and political), legal materials and documents, gubernatorial campaign materials, legislative materials, audio-visual items, photographs, and memorabilia. The accession also contains materials belonging to Henry Howell’s wife, Elizabeth (Betty). Her materials mostly pertain to her service on the Norfolk City Council (1974-1992).
Materials in regard to Howell’s political campaigns (1969, 1973, 1977 Gubernatorial Campaigns; 1971 Special Campaign for Lt. Governor) take up the bulk and these materials consist of press releases, campaign flyers and pamphlets, campaign operations and schedules, and speeches. Legal materials consist of Howell’s cases against C & P Telephone and the Virginia Power and Electric Company.
Audio-Visual materials consist of film and audio recordings pertaining to Howell’s 1969, 1973, and 1977 gubernatorial campaigns. Some of the materials are copies from the Library of Virginia’s Henry Howell Audio-Visual Collection (http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=lva/vi02326.xml)
Memorabilia includes various plaques and awards depicting Howell’s service to the community and campaign items including bumper stickers, buttons, and signs. Other items of note include a framed letter to Henry and Betty Howell, from Lady Bird Johnson, and printing plate depicting “how the Byrd machine works.”