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2 paintings oil 61 x 47.3 cm and 91 x 67 cm.
1 photograph b&w.
7 maps mss. 21 x 25 cm or smaller.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of correspondence files of Joseph Howe; subject files, including correspondence, minutes, memoranda, addresses, speeches, commissions, notes and accounts; diaries, memoranda and notebooks of Joseph Howe, originals, and photocopies, 68 pages. The fonds also consists of a painted half-length portrait of the Hon. Joseph Howe by Alfred J. Wiggin, American portrait painter, active at Cape Anne and Boston, Massachusetts, 1850's-1870's; portrait of Joseph Howe done possibly after a photograph, by an Unknown Artist 122. In addition, the fonds includes a photograph depicting the Hon. Joseph Howe, Secretary of State for the Provinces, July 1869. Fonds consists of 7 maps of Newfoundland showing Bloody Bay, Content Reach, Clode Sound, Bay of Islands, St. George Bay, Bonne Bay and Cape Anguille.
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Microfilm reel C-1843
Microfilm reel C-1831
Microfilm reel C-1846
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Microfilm reel C-1841
Copy negative PA-25486
Microfilm reel C-1832
Microfilm reel C-1845
Copy negative C-000952
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Copy negative C-005222
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Oil painting: No restrictions on use for research, reproduction or publication. Copyright expired; Crown copyright on reproductions. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Photographs: No restrictions on use or reproduction. Copyright expired. Credit: name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / copy negative number.
Cartographic material: Please consult lower level descriptions.
Textual records The finding aid provides a summary and a microfilm shelf list of the Howe papers; reports and contents of volumes 1-45, first in alphabetic and then in chronological order; and lists the miscellaneous items and the correspondence chronologically for volume 51. MSS0280 90 (Electronic)
Cartographic material Please consult lower level descriptions. 90 (Other)
Biography / Administrative history
Joseph Howe, 1804-1873, journalist and politician, began work in his father's printing shop, and later became owner and editor of the Nova Scotian. As a member of the Legislative Assembly in the 1830s, he emerged as one of the province's leading reformers and played a prominent role in the campaign to obtain responsible government. During the Crimean War he endeavoured secretly to recruit men in the United States for service with British forces.
His efforts to obtain financial assistance for the construction of railways in Nova Scotia led to his appointment in 1854 as Chairman of the Railway Board, a position which he held for three years. In 1863, Howe withdrew from provincial politics and was appointed a Fishery Commissioner by the British government.
Upon his retirement as Fisher Commissioner in 1866, he became leader of the anti-Confederation movement in Nova Scotia. Having obtained "better terms" for Nova Scotia, Howe agreed to join John A. Macdonald's cabinet as Secretary of State for the Provinces in 1869. Four years later he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of his native province but his health failed within a few weeks and he died 1 June 1873.
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Photograph: copy negative available PA-25486.
1. Editors - Nova Scotia, 1830-1882 Anti-Confederation Movement, 1866-1868.
2. Lieutenant-governors - Canada, 1830-1882 Foreign Legion. French, 1855-1858.
3. Crimean War, 1853 - 1856, 1855-1858 Crimean War, 1855-1858.
4. Commission of Enquiry into Prince Edward Island Land Tenure, 1860.
5. Nova Scotia. Legislative Assembly, 1830-1882.
6. Red River Rebellion, 1869-1870.
Other system control no.
Related control no.
1. 1957-070 NPC
2. 1997-177 DAP
3. 1997-231 DAP
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