Chet and Juanita Howell Rodeo Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0255
Creators:
Howell, Juanita
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Howell, Chet
Dates:
1934-1958
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
2 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Mostly newspaper publicity and rodeo programs. 67 full- and half-page sheets from mostly small-town papers, with predominantly local news. The programs for performances at fairs sometimes include agricultural information, what was being judged, and the cash prize amounts. Most of the programs contain advertisements for small-town services and products. A description of the sponsors indicate close community-business relationships. Some shows were near Indian reservations and Native Americans took part in the shows.
Most of the material consists of newspaper publicity and rodeo programs. There are 67 full and half page sheets from newspapers, mostly from small towns with local news predominating. The programs for performances at fairs sometimes include agricultural information, what was being judged, and the cash prize amounts. Most of the programs contain advertisements for small town services and products. A description of the sponsors indicate close community business relationships. Some of the shows were near Indian reservations and Native Americans took part in the shows.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Divided into 4 series: 1) Rodeo Programs; 2) Newspaper clippings and newspaper sheets; 3) Contracts; 4) Magazines. Arranged chronologically by type of material.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Chet and Juanita Howell were trick riders and ropers who played many of the rodeos and fairs throughout the country in the 1930s until the latter 1950s. They averaged thirty shows per year, with most of their performances being in the western and southwestern United States.
Chet was born in San Jose, California, where he learned to ride broncs and bulls and to do trick riding and roping. He doubled for Gene Autrey in "Oh Susanna" and worked in other movies. During the spring of 1935 he performed his act in Yokohama, Japan. Juanita Howell started with the King Brothers rodeo and Wild West in 1931. In 1933 she won a championship trophy as a steer rider. Juanita and Chet were married on horseback in August of 1936 in Centralia, Washington.
Chet was drafted in 1943 and served in the South Pacific. Juanita worked in Ogden, Utah, during World War II, in the quartermaster depot, first in the teletype office and then doing guard duty mounted on horseback. After World War II, Chet continued with the rodeo. In the 1950's, the Howells settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked in manufacturing for five years. His last job before he passed away in 1973 was with the post office. Juanita Howell, born in 1910, is still living in their retirement home.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Barbara Kemp, 1987
Author
Barbara Kemp
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Collection donated by Juanita Howell, December 14, 1985.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Item title and date, Chet and Juanita Howell Rodeo Collection, 1934-1958, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of Juanita Howell.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Archival Materials
Related artifacts in NMAH Community Life collection. Mrs. Howell has also contributed a substantial part of her collection to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Manuscript portion transferred from the Division of Community Life (Department of Social and Cultural History) to the Archives Center, March 20, 1987.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Fairs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contracts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Agriculture -- Western states (U.S.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rodeos Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs -- 1930-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rodeo performers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Western states (U.S.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women in rodeos Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Southwestern States Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trick riding Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives