Howell Family papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of papers of the Powell, Poole, O’Rorke, and Claney families of Charlotte, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York City, concerning various aspects of their entertainment careers. Individuals featured in the papers include Conza Howell and her husband, Howard Moorehead Claney. The collection primarily consists of correspondence and photographs.
- 1898 - 1993
- Howell family (Family)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research; the Museum of the New South holds the right to borrow material from the collection for exhibition purposes (donation/agreement clause).
Conditions Governing Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Biographical / Historical
Conza Howell Claney, a native Charlottean, lived in New York City where she was the stylist for the Decorative Fabrics Division of Burlington Mills of North Carolina. She attended Columbia University, the National Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Students League, and the Fontainebleau Fine Arts School in France. Her silhouettes of seamen are now at South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhattan, N.Y. Howard Moorehead Claney, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was a prominent announcer and commentator in radio and television. After retiring from the business, he built a home in Charlotte, North Carolina (at 900 Berkeley Avenue) with his wife Conza Claney. Helon Poole, owned and operated the Poole School of Dance in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her daughter, Patricia, performed with the June Taylor Dancers and married actor Dick Van Patten.
2 Linear Feet
Primarily consists of correspondence and photographs of the Powell, Poole, O'Rorke and Claney families of Charlotte, NC, Pittsburgh, PA and New York City, NY.
The collection is arranged into four series, two of which (Conza Howell Claney and Postcards) are further divided into subseries. The four series are: Howell and related families (1898-1988), Conza Howell Claney (1924-1993), Photographs and Postcards.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift from the Museum of the New South, 1999 (via Jean Johnson).
Processed by David Rhoton and James Kusik, 2002.
- Charlotte (N.C.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Claney, Conza Howell
- Claney, Howard
- Howell family
- O'Rourke family
- Performing arts -- New York (State) -- New York
- Performing arts -- North Carolina -- Charlotte
- Performing arts -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
- Poole family
- Poole, Helon Powell
- Powell family
- Howell Family papers
- David Rhoton and James Kusik
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