Guide to the Howell family papers,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Howell family.
Title: Howell family papers
Dates: 1900-1930 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.4 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL CAINE MSS 5
Summary: Correspondence, including incoming correspondence to Lillie Adams Howell and Parley Howell; Parley Howell's 1912 daybook; Cliff Howell's memorabilia; Clifton silver coronet band roll book; Mutual Improvement Association officers minute book (1921-22), rollbook (1922-1925), and miscellaneous materials; and the papers of the Clifton ward of the Oneida Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including a minute book of sacrament and bishop council meetings (1921-1922) and correspondence to and from the Bishop of Clifton ward, Harold B. Lee.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

William Parley Howell and his wife, Lilly Alice Adams, worked a potato farm in Clifton, Idaho. Parley was active in the LDS church, serving for a time as Clerk of the Clifton Ward. Their son, Cliff Adams Howell, was born in Clifton on July 10, 1915. Cliff went on to study at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, where he fought on the school's boxing team and graduated from the School of Agriculture in 1939. In 1945 he received his Vocational Agriculture and High School teaching certificate. Cliff, who was married to Dixie Howell, died on August 24, 2003.

Content Description

This collection represents material about the Howell family of Clifton, Idaho that Newell Hart collected from Cliff Howell. The time period covered is from 1900 through 1930. There are three distinct groups of records in the collection : family correspondence, personal papers, and Clifton Ward, church records.

The correspondence was written between 1910 and 1920. There are two sets of letters in this section. The first were letters written to Parley Howell, while he was in the L.D.S. Salt Lake City Hospital recovering from surgery. These letters are all postmarked Clifton, Idaho. There is some information about the area at that time, but most of the correspondence revolves around Parley's health. The other block of correspondence was penned from Logan, Utah to Clifton, Idaho during the hospitalization of Cliff Howell. These letters were written by Cliff's father, Parley. In addition to these two major runs of correspondence are a few letters concerning varied topics.

The second subject area is the collection contains memorabilia and personal papers from the Howell family. This material ranges from lumber yard receipts, a daybook, newspaper clippings and autograph books.

Finally, are records generated from the family's involvement with the community , primarily the Clifton Ward of the L.D.S. Church. Of interest is a minute book from Sacrament and Bishop council meetings at which Harold B. Lee presided over. Other record books include a Mutual Improvement Association officers minute book, a M.I.A. rollbook for 1922-1925, and the Clifton Silver Coronet Band roll book.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Howell family papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Howell family papers, 1900-1930. (COLL CAINE MSS 5). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into three series: I. Correspondence; II. Personal papers; III. Clifton ward church papers.

Acquisition Information :  

Collected by Newell Hart from Cliff Howell.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Lillie Adams Howell, incoming correspondence 1907-1909
1 2 Lillie Adams Howell, incoming correspondence
These letters were written by her husband, Parley Howell, who at the time was in Logan, Utah staying with their son Cliff, while he recuperated in the hospital.
1 3 Miscellaneous material from Lillie Adams Howell and William Parley Howell
includes bank statements, autograph books and miscellaneous memorabilia.
1 4 Parley Howell, incoming correspondence October 8, 1909
1 5 Parley Howell, incoming correspondence
January 1910
1 6 Parley Howell, incoming correspondence
February 1910
1 7 Parley Howell, incoming correspondence
April and June 1910
1 8 Parley Howell, incoming correspondence
This letter was from Dr. Lee Chin, concerning medical treatment that parley was receiving from the San Francisco physician.
February 3, 1911
1 9 Parley Howell, incoming correspondence
concerns payment on a purchase of farm equipment. One other letter is postmarked Sandy, Utah and is apparently from Parley's brother.
1 10 Parley Howell, incoming correspondence
1 11 Parley Howell, incoming correspondence

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Personal papers
1 12 Parley Howell's Anderson lumber Company receipts from the year 1912
1 13 Parley Howell's 1912 daybook
1 14 Cliff Howell's memorabilia, including A Mother Heart of Gold Book III, by Theodore E. Curtis, Salt Lake City, Utah: N.P 1929

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Clifton ward church papers
1 15 "Clifton Silver Coronet Band Roll Book," Parley Howell, Secretary 1913
1 16 Letha Howell's M.I.A. officers minute book for the years
Plus other miscellaneous material including a list of girls baptized form Beehive work.
1 17 M.I.A. rollbook, 1922-25, Parley Howell clerk
1 18 Handwritten sheet music and two published song flyers - - Community Songs Selected and Adapted for the M.I.A., June Conference
Community M.I.A. Songs, Oneida Stake, N.D.
1 19 Minute book from the Clifton Ward
This book contains minutes from sacrament and bishop council meetings held in 1921 and 1922. Harold B. Lee was the Bishop presiding over some of the meetings
1 20 Correspondence to and from the office of Bishop, Clifton Ward of the Oneida Stake
(Sealed until 2006)

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  • Personal Names :
  • Howell, Cliff.  ( contributor)
  • Howell, Cliff.
  • Howell, Lillie Alice Adams, 1889-1971.  ( contributor)
  • Howell, Lillie Alice Adams, 1889-1971.
  • Howell, William Parley, 1884-1933.  ( contributor)
  • Howell, William Parley, 1884-1933.
  • Lee, Harold B., 1899-1973 correspondent.  ( contributor)
  • Family Names :
  • Howell family.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Clifton ward.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Clifton ward.  ( contributor)
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association--Archives.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association--Archives.
  • Clifton silver coronet band.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Clifton (Idaho)--History.

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