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William J. Howlett Manuscript: Recollections of my Life and Reflections on Times and Events During it, 1933

 Item — Small Collection Box: 2, Envelope: 6
Identifier: Series-172

Scope and Contents

Unpublished manuscript about the life of William J. Howlett, a priest and writer. He describes his childhood in New York and Michigan, recounts his family's wagon journey to Denver along the Platte River in 1865, and his student days in the Seminary. Returning to Colorado, he embarked on mission and parish work under Bishop Joseph Machebeuf, whose biography he later published. This work provides glimpses of the growth of the Colorado Church in the last quarter of the 19th century. Note: Photocopy only. Original on file at the Catholic Register.


  • 1933


Conditions Governing Access

Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.

Biographical / Historical

William J. Howlett was a pioneer Catholic priest who moved to Colorado in 1865. He taught two years in a parochial school established by Bishop Machebeuf. Howlett studied for the priesthood in Kentucky and France and was ordained in 1876 in Paris. He returned to Colorado and served in Denver, Central City, Brighton, Sterling, Pueblo, Georgetown, Colorado City, and Loveland. After 36 years in the Denver diocese, he became chaplain of the Sisters of Loretto motherhouse in Kentucky.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Patricia Wilcox, no date recorded, no deed of gift found. Found in reference library, transferred to archival collection 7/26/2013. Later found documentation that this manuscript used to belong to the Jefferson County Historical Commission.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original on file at the Catholic Register, Fort Worth, Texas.

Materials Specific Details

Photocopy only.

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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

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