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Jane Howard papers, 1930-1996 

Howard, Jane, 1935-
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62 linear feet (62 linear feet 150 boxes 6 card file boxes)
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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.

Scope and Contents

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.