The John Galen Howard Pictorial Collection contains personal
papers, including photographs and sketches of Howard and his wife, Mary Robertson Bradbury;
and project records, including photographs from various commercial, religious, educational,
and residential projects in California, Washington, New York and Massachusetts.
John Galen Howard was born May 8, 1864 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He began his
architectural education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the nation's only
architectural program at the time, although he left in 1885 before completing his degree. He
apprenticed himself to Henry Hobson Richardson in Brookline, Massachusetts, gaining a
practical knowledge of drafting. After Richardson's death he left the firm and went to Los
Angeles where he worked with the firms Caulkin & Hass, and James M. Wood. Unhappy
with the prospects in Los Angeles after a year, Howard left to tour Europe in 1888.
Returning to the United States, he went to work for McKim, Mead & White, first in
Boston then in New York. Encouraged by the partners of the firm, who offered financial
assistance, Howard left for Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1890 to 1893.
Although he left shortly before completing the training, he brought the tradition and style
of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts back to the United States.
circa 235 photographic prints, circa 65 drawings, 10 negatives and 1
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be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University
of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as
the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from
the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See:
Collection is open for research.