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Howell, George: letter (1904)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL248
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Howell, George: letter (1904)
Date(s): 1904
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves (1 blank)
Name of creator(s): Howell | George | 1833-1910 | politician and writer


Administrative/Biographical history:

George Howell was born in Somerset and educated at Bristol before working as a bricklayer and shoemaker. He also became a Methodist lay preacher and was active in the temperance movement. After moving to London in 1854 Howell joined the Operative Bricklayers' Society and became involved in strike action for improved working conditions. He became Secretary of the London Trades Council in 1861 and Secretary of the Trades Union Congress in 1871. Howell tried several times to enter parliament before eventually serving as MP for Bethnal Green North East (1885-1895). After losing his seat he retired from public life and suffered from poor health in his last years. Howell's library of works on social and economic issues was purchased by public subscription in 1906 and given to the Bishopsgate Institute, London.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from George Howell of 35 Findon Raod, Shepherds Bush, London to Professor [Herbert Somerton] Foxwell of 1 Harvey Road, Cambridge, 3 Jun 1904. Covering letter to a copy of a report by R S Kirk on the 2nd Annual Congress of Trade Unions, Birmingham (1869), 'which I know you want ... I have made no final arrangement as to my Library. My books are packed for removal - or most of them ... P.S. My sight is much improved'. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inserted in a presentation copy of Kirk's Congress report - classmark: [G.L.] P [Trades Union Congress]

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July 2008

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