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Claude Howell Christmas Cards

Identifier: SC-MS-326

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 16 prints of hand drawn Christmas cards by Claude Howell from 1977 to 1994. Many are illustrations of downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, specifically of St. James Episcopal Church. Christian imagery is consistent throughout this collection of cards, including angels, baby Jesus, and the Three Wise Men, along with other biblical scenes. Some cards were drawn abroad and highlight the culture of the country Howell was visiting. All are pen and ink illustrations.


  • Creation: 1977-1994


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2019 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, all rights reserved (subject to exceptions). Certain items in this collections were conveyed to UNCW without the accompanying copyright.Where the donor did not convey copyright to UNCW, copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Biographical / Historical

Claude Howell was an American artist born in Wilmington, North Carolina on March 17, 1915. His hometown inspired much of his work, drawing inspiration from the architecture of downtown Wilmington and the coastal community.

After graduating High School in 1931, the Great Depression prevented him from attending art school. He instead went to work for the Atlantic Coastline Railroad as a stenographer, a job he worked for 20 years. He practiced art whenever he could, studying in artist colonies over the summer in New England.

Howell found success as an artist in North Carolina, booking shows around the state, as well as getting national attention. He was the first North Carolinian to display his art at the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York. His last show was in 1995 at the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington North Carolina. Howell was also the founder of the Art department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. HeHowell passed away February 3, 1997 at the age of 81.


1 Folder (Contains 1 folder)

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Addison Vestal in the Fall of 2019.

Claude Howell Christmas Cards
Addison Vestal
2019 October 18
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Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository