Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Jane Howard papers, 1930-1996

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0619
Bib ID 4079538 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Howard, Jane, 1935-1996
Title Jane Howard papers, 1930-1996
Physical Description 62 linear feet (150 boxes 6 card file boxes)
Language(s) English .

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ADDITION: Research files for FAMILIES & research files, typescripts, and note cards for MARGARET MEAD: A LIFE and unpublished manuscripts and related research files.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. 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.

Ownership and Custodial History

Deposited by Jane Howard, 1979, 1985, 1989& 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Howard, Jane. Method of acquisition--Deposit; Date of acquisition--1979. Accession number--M-1979.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed RL 06/--/1989.

Revision Description

2010-02-11 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Card files Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts for publication Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

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.