Carrol Howe Collection, 1948-1993

Overview of the Collection

Howe, Carrol, 1910-1998
Carrol Howe Collection
1948-1993 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (1 drawer with 7 folders, notebooks and 1 box with audiocassettes)
Collection Number
Carrol Howe was a Klamath County educator, state representative, writer and an active member of the community. The collection contains miscellaneous materials related to his career as a politician and an educator, and is composed of four series: Series I: Legislative, 1946-1970, Series II: Klamath County High School Board, 1953-1960, Series III: Personal Information and Writing, 1920-1993, and Series IV: Oral History Interviews, 1973-1997.
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries, Shaw Historical Library
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR
Telephone: 5418851772
Fax: 5418851777
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Carrol B. Howe was born in Brownsville, Oregon. Carrol Howe graduated from Southern Oregon Normal School in 1930 and moved to Klamath Falls where he worked at Henley High School. There Carrol Howe became a Principal (1936-1949) and the Head Football Coach for eight years. He was the Coach of the 1946 State B Football Championship team. He served as Superintendent of Klamath County schools from 1948 to 1960, and as state representative from Klamath County from 1960 to 1972. Carrol Howe was active in several local organizations, including the Shaw Historical Library, the Lava Beds Natural History Association and the Oregon Archaeological Society. He was a Crater Lake National History Association board member from 1982 to 1987. Carrol Howe took up farming after retirement, maintaining a keen interest in the Klamath County’s archeology and history. He expressed that interest by researching and writing several books, including “Sagebrush to Shakespeare,” “Frontier Stories of the Klamath Country,” and “Ancient Modocs of California and Oregon.” Carrol and his wife Marjorie established a trust fund that makes annual distributions to the Klamath County Museum and to Southern Oregon University.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection is composed of 7 folders with manuscripts, photographs, personal papers and correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Legislative, 1946-1970Return to Top

This series includes documents related to the time when Howe served as Co-Chairman of the Klamath County Nixon for President Committee. Documents include newspaper clippings, handwritten and typed letters and photographs. Recipients of the letters include United States Senate, Committee on Appropriations; Congress, House of Representatives; Governor of Oregon and others. There are also letters sent to and from Howe in his position of County Superintendent of Schools.

Description Dates
Folder 1: Nixon
Folder 2: Personal (Government) Correspondence
Folder 3: November and Correspondence
Folder 4: U.S. District Attorney
Folder 5: Elections
Folder 6: Political Pictures

Series II:  Klamath County High School Board, 1953-1960Return to Top

This series includes brochures, letters, and photographs related to the period when Howe worked as a principal of Henley High School in Klamath County. Included are miscellaneous printed materials and correspondence with the State of Oregon Department of Education, Division of General Education. Documents on the Conference of School Superintendents and School Board members are represented.

Description Dates
Folder 1: Klamath County Curriculum Conference
Folder 2: Klamath Community College
Folder 3: Public Schools
Folder 4: Oregon Archeological Society

Series III:  Personal Information and Writing, 1920-1993Return to Top

This series includes Carrol Howe’s biography, membership in various State and National organizations, correspondence about National Parks, and materials related to his book “Ancient Tribes of the Klamath Country.”

Description Dates
Folder 1: Biographical Writings
Folder 2: Book Notes
Folder 3: Sources for the Book "Ancient Tribes of the Klamath Country"
Folder 4: National Parks - Glass Mt., Lassen, Crater Lake, Lava Beds
Folder 5: Catalog System (Payne)
Folder 6: Ancient Tribes of the Klamath Country #12. Partial Printing
Folder 7: First Draft #15 Ancient Tribes of the Klamath Country
Folder 8: Ancient Tribes of the Klamath Country #16. Printer's Proof
Folder 9: Chuinard
Folder 10: Honors
Folder 11: Wyerhaeuser Logging Camps #2 and #3
Folder 12: Applegate Trail
Folder 13: Bicentennial [Committee]

Series IV:  Oral History Interviews, 1973-1997Return to Top

Collection consists of folders with notes, notebooks with taped and handwritten transcripts, a 1997 transcript of the interview with Carrol Howe, conducted by Stephen R. Mark in 1992, and a box with 33 cassette tapes with Carrol Howe’s interviews of the prominent figures in the community. Examples of interviewees include: Laurence Shaw, Charles Ogle, Merle West, Cap Collier, and Ida Odell.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • School superintendents and principals –- Oregon

Personal Names

  • Howe, Carrol, 1910-1998
  • Nixon, Richard, 1913 – 1994

Geographical Names

  • Klamath County (Or.)
  • Klamath Falls (Or.)