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.

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.

CORRESPONDENCE

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GUADALAJARA HOUSING AND MINING DOCUMENTS

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PHOTOGRAPHS

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BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTS

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Finding aid generated: 2009-03-31