Register of the James Howard Collection MSS.698

Finding aid prepared by Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
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2009-03-30


Title: James Howard Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.698
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.4 lin. ft. (1 archives box and 5 oversize folders)
Date: circa 1882-1939
Abstract: The James Howard Collection documents the life of a mining foreman who lived in Guadalajara, Mexico. Most of the papers relate to Howard’s experience as a foreman at the Amparo Mining Company. The materials, written in both English and Spanish, include blueprints and plans for mining equipment, a large amount of photography from throughout the region, and a personal diary from Howard. The collection also includes a small amount of biographical material about Howard, including personal correspondence and a genealogical chart for the Howard clan.
creator: Howard, James, 1868-

Biographical/Historical note

James H. Howard was born in England on January 20, 1868. In 1883 he emigrated from England and came to New York; he then moved to Texas in 1885, where he worked for the International Mining Company as a timberman. In 1889 Howard moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he settled in the American Colony of Colonia Seattle. Howard took a job working at the Amparo Mining Company in Bolaños, a mining district north of Guadalajara.
In Guadalajara, Howard met and married Maria Ignacia Martínez. In order to marry Martínez, he had to prove to the Mexican government that we was indeed single, and that he had never married before in England or America. As proof, Howard obtained three letters from his former employers as documentation to contest to his unmarried status. Howard and Martínez had their first child, Katherine Eleanor Howard on March 6, 1911.

Scope and Contents note

The materials from the James Howard Collection are written in English and Spanish and date from the late-19th and the early-20th centuries. They relate largely to mining, as well as James Howard's family life in Guadalajara.
The papers are arranged in four series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) GUADALAJARA HOUSING AND MINING DOCUMENTS, 3) PHOTOGRAPHS, and 4) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS.
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series is comprised of letters pertaining to Howard's personal life, including a personal letter from his sister and a postcard from his mother. The majority of the correspondence is written in Spanish, with the exception of one letter from H. Winninghoff that is written in both English and Spanish. These letters are organized in alphabetical order.
SERIES 2: GUADALAJARA HOUSING AND MINING DOCUMENTS
The GUADALAJARA HOUSING AND MINING DOCUMENTS series includes blueprints and plans for mining equipment and operations in central Mexico. These plans include a blueprint for the installation of three boilers for the Amparo Mining Company, as well as a pen and ink drawing from the San Nicolas del Monte mines in Guanajuato. Most of these documents are in Spanish. This series also contains two pamphlets, published in 1913, from Colonia Seattle, the American Colony in Guadalajara where Howard and his family resided.
These documents are arranged in alphabetical order.
SERIES 3: PHOTOGRAPHS
The PHOTOGRAPHS series is made up of black-and-white photographs of the Bolaños mines. This is the largest portion of the collection, and includes three photo albums and loose prints. The photographs portray daily life in Bolaños, including images of the mill and mines, as well as photographs of Howard working at the mill or riding his horse around the settlement.
One important thing to note regarding these photographs is the photo album Howard created in 1921. This photo album, which contains thirty black-and-white prints of the Bolaños township, were labeled by Howard and are a good reference to the layout of the town and its settlements. Another photo album, which contains twelve black-and-white prints from Hacienda de Nueva, was given to Howard as a gift from F.K. Boyd, and has photographs that capture the working mill. Loose prints include a cyanotype of Howard and a companion taken in Bolaños in front of steps which appear to lead into one of the silver mines.
SERIES 4: BIOGRAPHICALS MATERIALS
The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series contains documents pertaining to James Howard and his family, which include a baptism announcement for Howard's first born daughter, Katherine Eleanor, dated March 16, 1911, as well as an official listing of her birth in the publication Diario Oficial, dated April 22, 1911. This series also includes James Howard's diary from 1919, which gives a daily account of Howard's personal life and business dealings.
These items have been arranged in alphabetical order.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation note

James Howard Collection. MSS 698. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Amparo Mining Company.
British--Mexico--Jalisco--Guadalajara
Mines and mineral resources--Mexico--Jalisco
Mining corporations -- Mexico -- Jalisco
Portrait photographs -- 19th century.
Portrait photoprints -- 20th century.

 

Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

F.E.H. Postcard to James Howard September 8, 1906

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 2

Graham, H. Letter to James Howard May 24, 1900

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 3

Noble, O.J. Letter to James Howard May 16, 1900

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 4

Sister (Erica?) Letter to James Howard February 17, 1917

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 5

Winninghoff, H. Letter to James Howard. In Spanish and English May 14, 1900

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
 

Guadalajara Housing And Mining Documents

Box 1, Folder 6, Oversize FB 483-06

Colonia Seattle, American Colony of Guadalajara - Pamphlets 1913

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 7, Oversize FB 483-07

La Esperanza - Stock Certificate August 1915

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 8, Oversize FB 483-08

Instalación de 3 Calideras Allas Amparo Mining Company - Blueprint

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 9

Profile from La Asunción to El Durazno - Map

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 10

Proyecto sistema de Beneficio de Para la Mina San Nicolas Del Monte - Pen and ink drawing September 1932

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
 

Photographs

Box 1, Folder 11

Bolaños buildings and structures

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 12

Bolaños mountains and valleys

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 13

Couchiño Mill, Chihuahua, Mexico

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 14

Guadalajara, Mexico December 1900

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 15

House in Hacienda de Nueva

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 16

Howard, James and companion in Bolaños, Guadalajara- Cyanotype

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 17

Howard, James and family in King Stanley (United Kingdom) circa 1882

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 18

Howard, James and others at the Amparo Mines, Guadalajara, Mexico

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 19, Oversize FB 483-09

Howard, James and others on horseback, Guadalajara, Mexico

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 20

Howard, James Portrait - Callaway portraits, San Antonio

Box 1, Folder 21

Plaza in Mexico 1898

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 22

Presiúa Mill, Parral

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 23

Photo Album - Twelve black-and-white prints of Hacienda da Nueva

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 24

Photo Album - Thirty black-and-white prints of Bolaños Township 1921

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 25

Photo Album - Thirty-two black-and-white prints of Bolaños and mine

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
 

Biographical Documents

Box 1, Folder 26

American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers Membership Cards 1928 and 1939

Box 1, Folder 27, Oversize FB 483-10

Diario Oficial - Newsletter April 22, 1911

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 28

Genealogical Account of the Howard Family - Notebook

Box 1, Folder 29

La Hora Santa - Pamphlet 1887

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 1, Folder 30

Howard, James - Personal card holder

Box 1, Folder 31

Howard, James - Personal diary January 1 - July 18, 1919

Box 1, Folder 32

Howard, Katherine Eleanor - Baptism announcement March 16, 1911

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian