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George Howell Archive Cataloguing Project



George Howell (1833-1910)Following a generous award from the Pilgrim Trust/Esme Fairbairn Foundation Cataloguing Grants Scheme in May 2006, the Bishopsgate Library undertook a project to catalogue the George Howell archive to item level. The project has provided increased access to this valuable resource for the study of the Victorian labour movement and radical politics. This included the creation of detailed descriptions of Howell’s own personal and professional correspondence, diaries and writings along with the papers of the Reform League, the Plimsoll Seamen’s Fund, the Reform Demonstration Committee and the Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress. The diaries of Chartist and poet Ernest Jones and Howell’s research material regarding his life and work have also been listed.

The project was completed in May 2007 and the full catalogue has now been made available via the Library’s online public access catalogue and The National Archives’ Access to Archives website (www.a2a.org.uk) .

Victoria Goodwin and Imogene Mackay posted a series of updates on the progress of the project.

George Howell Archive Cataloguing Project Update: August 2006

George Howell Archive Cataloguing Project Update: November 2006

George Howell Archive Cataloguing Project Update: March 2007

George Howell Archive Cataloguing Project Update: June 2007