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Collection Number: 11040-z

Collection Title: Samuel Musgrove Howes Papers, 1936-1987

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size About 50 items
Abstract Samuel Musgrove Howes was chauffeur to Sir Winston Churchill from 1928 to 1936. The collection includes correspondence, pictures, a scrapbook, and clippings of Samuel Musgrove Howes. Items all relate to Churchill and his family, and include three letters from Churchill and six from Churchill's wife, Lady Clementine Spencer Churchill.
Creator Howes, Samuel Musgrove, 1907-1988.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Samuel Musgrove Howes Papers #11040-z, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Barry R. Howes of Chapel Hill, N.C., in June 1988 (Acc. 88077) and July 1988 (Acc. 88080).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Samuel Musgrove Howes was born in West Ham, London, in 1907. He was educated (by Trade Scholarship) at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, Poplar, 1921-1923. He apprenticed as a motor mechanic at a Ford Service Depot, Nottingham, 1923-1926.

Howes began work as a chauffeur in 1926, obtaining a First Class Chauffeur's Certificate from the Royal Automobile Club in 1928. He served as Sir Winston Churchill's chauffeur from 1928 to 1936. In 1932, he married the Churchills' parlour maid, Olive. After Howes worked as an engineer in Great Britain, he and his wife moved to Canada in 1955 and to California in 1957. He retired as Group Engineer at the Solar Aircraft Company in San Diego, Ca., in 1970.

Howes died in California in 1988. He maintained correspondence with Churchill; Churchill's wife, Lady Clementine Spencer Churchill; and Churchill's daughter, Mary Soames, throughout his life.

[Adapted from Winston S. Churchill, Martin Gilbert. Companion Volume 5, Part 3, p. 502.]

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The collection includes correspondence, pictures, a scrapbook, and clippings of Samuel Musgrove Howes, chauffeur to Sir Winston Churchill from 1928 to 1936. Items all relate to Churchill and his family, and include three letters from Churchill and six from Churchill's wife, Lady Clementine Spencer Churchill.

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Contents list

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35 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters to Samuel M. Howes and recommendations for him, mainly from or about the Churchill family. Howes maintained contact with Sir Winston and Lady Clementine Churchill until their deaths. He also corresponded with their youngest daughter, Mary Churchill Soames. Undated items are primarily Christmas cards from either Mary, Lady Soames; there is also one from Lady Clementine shortly before her death in 1977. In 1981, Martin Gilbert, Churchill's biographer, asked Howes for recollections about Churchill and both Gilbert's letters and Howes's response, in the form of photocopies of Gilbert's book, are located in the first folder.

Folder 1

1936-1987 #11040-z, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1936-1987 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Undated #11040-z, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1936-1987 and undated." Folder 2

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15 items.

Howes's resume; copies of memorial services and funeral programs for Winston Churchill, Clementine Churchill, and Sarah Churchill; blank postcards of Chartwell, Churchill's house in Kent, and of Churchill; and a genealogical poster of Churchill's family. There are also a few clippings on three pages of an album of Howes's.

Folder 3

Other Items #11040-z, Series: "2. Other Items." Folder 3

Folder 4

Clippings #11040-z, Series: "2. Other Items." Folder 4

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1 item.

Scrapbook containing magazine and newspaper clippings about Churchill and his family. The scrapbook has been removed from its binder, but pages are in original order.

Folder 5

Folder not used #11040-z, Series: "3. Scrapbook, 1960s-1980s." Folder 5

Oversize Volume SV-11040/1

1960s-1980s, 30 pp. Scrapbook of Howes. #11040-z, Series: "3. Scrapbook, 1960s-1980s." SV-11040/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Gina Overcash, September 1988

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support, in part, from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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