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   Jane Howard Papers, ca.1930-1996

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Jane Howard Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079538 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Howard, Jane, 1935-
Title: Jane Howard Papers, ca.1930-1996
Physical description:62 linear ft (ca. 60,000 items in 150 boxes & 6 card file boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 20 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, notes, journals, scrapbooks, audio tapes, datebooks and calendars, photographs, printed material, and memorabilia. Included are files relating to articles which she researched and wrote while on the staff of LIFE magazine, especially on popular figures in current literature and the arts. There are also research files and typescripts for her books: PLEASE TOUCH, A DIFFERENT WOMAN, and FAMILIES. Among the correspondents are: Paul Bowles, Agnes de Mille, Ken Kesey, and Hope Cooke Namgyal.

ADDITION: Research files for FAMILIES & research files, typescripts, and note cards for MARGARET MEAD: A LIFE and unpublished manuscripts and related research files.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence and Manuscripts

See also Box 53

Series II: Life Magazine Articles

Series III: Books

Subseries III.1: A Different Woman

Boxes 13 - 17, Files are arranged alphabetically

Subseries III.2: Families

Boxes 18 - 25, Files are arranged alphabetically

Subseries III.3: Please Touch

Boxes 26 - 32, Files are arranged alphabetically

Subseries III.4: Margaret Mead: A Life

Boxes 33 - 44, Files are arranged alphabetically

Series IV: Miscellaneous Files

Series V: Note Cards

Series VI: 1989 Addition

Subseries VI.2: Margaret Mead: A Life

Boxes 48 - 52

Series VII: Correspondence

Subseries VII.1: Cataloged Correspondence

Subseries VII.2: Arranged (Alphabetically)

Subseries VII.3: Arranged (Chronologically)

1956 - 1970s, Boxes 61 - 67

Subseries VII.4: Arranged (Family)

1928 - 1960, Boxes 68 - 70

Series VIII: Writings

Subseries VIII.1: Margaret Mead: A Life

Research materials, Boxes 71 - 77, Boxes 71 - 74 are arranged alphabetically by individuals' last names.

Subseries VIII.2: Families

Subseries VIII.3: Please Touch

Subseries VIII.4: A Different Woman

Subseries VIII.5: Lost In The Interior , a work in progress

Boxes 81 - 86

Subseries VIII.6: Unpublished Manuscript

Boxes 87 - 88, most likely derived from research for the Lost in the Interior project.

Subseries VIII.7: Life Magazine

Subseries VIII.8: Lear's Magazine

Boxes 90 - 97, "A Woman for Lear's" column. Boxes 90 - 92: pieces published in the column. Boxes 93 - 97: unpublished pieces, drafts, nominations or research on candidates.

Subseries VIII.9: Freelance Writings

Boxes 98 - 102

Subseries VIII.10: Miscellaneous Writings

Boxes 103 - 104

Subseries VIII.11: Speeches

Series IX: Teaching Materials

Boxes 106 - 109

Subseries IX.1: Columbia University

Subseries IX.2: Split Rock Arts Program and Student Work

Subseries IX.3: University of Iowa, Univeristy of Georgia, Yale, S.U.N.Y.at Albany

Subseries IX.4: Miscellaneous Teaching Materials

Series X: Datebooks and Calendars

Series XI: Journals

Boxes 111-129

Series XII: Memorabilia

Boxes 130 - 132

Series XIII: Documents

Series XIV: Printed Material

Series XV: Topical Files

Subseries XV.1: Art

Subseries XV.2: Business

Subseries XV.3: Didion/Dunne

Subseries XV.4: Health

Subseries XV.5: Lear's Magazine

Subseries XV.6: Howard, Jane

Subseries XV.7: Literature

Subseries XV.8: Media

Subseries XV.9: Music

Subseries XV.10: People

Subseries XV.11: Politics

Subseries XV.12: Religion

Subseries XV.13: Simon and Schuster

Subseries XV.14: Miscellaneous

Seris XVI: Miscellaneous Files

Seris XVII: Audiotapes

Series XVIII: Scrapbooks

Boxes 138 - 141

Subseries XVIII.1: Families and Miscellaneous Writings

Subseries XVIII.2: Please Touch and A Different Woman

Subseries XVIII.3: MacDowell Colony

Subseries XVIII.4: Life Magazine

Series XIX: Photographs

Boxes 142 - 143

Subseries XIX.1: Life Magazine

Subseries XIX.2: Life Magazine and The Howard Family

Series XX: Addresses

Alphabetically arranged cards in black metal box

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Jane Howard Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 06/--/1989 RL

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-02-11 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Articles.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Card files.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts for publication.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Authors, American--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Journalism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Journalists--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kesey, Ken.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Life Magazine.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Popular culture.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Psychology.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sociology.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women authors--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women journalists--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Jane Temple Howard (1935-1996), journalist and author, was born in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Eleanor Nee Howard and newspaper reporter Robert Pickerell Howard. She received her A.B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1956. She also received an honorary D.Litt. from Grinell College in 1979 and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Hamline University in 1984. Howard worked for LIFE magazine from 1956 until 1972 as a reporter, assistant editor, associate editor, and finally staff writer. She wrote numerous features for LIFE including interviews with Vladimir Nabokov, Truman Capote, John Updike, and Jacqueline Susann. Beginning in 1989, she worked for several years at LEAR'S magazine as a contributing editor and author of the monthly interview column, "A Woman for LEAR'S." As a freelance writer, Howard contributed to SMITHSONIAN, ESQUIRE, THE WASHINGTON POST "BOOK WORLD", MADEMOISELLE, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, and numerous other publications. Howard's first book, PLEASE TOUCH: A GUIDED TOUR OF THE HUMAN POTENTIAL MOVEMENT was published in 1970. A DIFFERENT WOMAN appeared in 1973, FAMILIES in 1978, and the biography, MARGARET MEAD: A LIFE, in 1990. At the time of her death, Howard was writing a book under the working title LOST IN THE INTERIOR which was to be a personal and historical account of the midwest.

Also enjoying a successful teaching career, Howard was a visiting lecturer at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (Fall 1974), the University of Georgia School of Journalism (Spring 1975), Yale University English Department (Spring 1976), and the SUNY Albany English Department (Winter 1978). She was a John Steinbeck Writer-in-Residence at Southampton College (Summer 1982), and a James Thurber Writer-in Residence at Ohio State University (Fall 1986). During the summers of 1989 and 1990, Howard led non-fiction writing workshops at the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. She was also a professor of creative writing at Columbia University for several years during the 1990s.

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