Guide to the John Howard Papers, 1950-2013
John Howard, born June 12, 1962, is a Professor of American Studies at King's College London. The collection represents the papers of John Howard, including personal papers, professional papers, oral histories, and audiovisual materials. It includes materials on his research and writings on Southern American gender and sexuality studies, particularly gay men.
- Collection Number
- John Howard papers
- Howard, John
- 9 Linear Feet, 6750 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The John Howard Papers collection is comprised of five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Writings, Oral Histories and Audiovisual Materials. The materials detail Howard's professional life, with undergraduate and graduate work, activism and his professional career forming the core of the collection.
The Personal Papers Series consists of items from his early life, including diplomas and test scores, undergraduate paper topics and a playlist for his band. It also includes the UK immigration case paperwork for Howard's former partner, Novid Parsi.
The Professional Papers Series is divided into eight subseries: professional files, activist organizations, conferences, research, clippings, correspondence, teaching, and miscellaneous. Consisting of two boxes, this is the largest series in the collection. Howard's professional files include grants, presentations, promotions, etc. His work with various activist organizations include files for particular organizations as well as files documenting his role in protests, marches, and other events. Conference files include promotional literature, correspondence, and notes from a variety of professional and community group conferences. Howard's research subseries contains many hand-written notes on a number of subjects ranging from Shirley Q. Liquor to sodomy. Clippings consists of newspaper clippings and printouts collected on LGBTQI topics in various regions in the country. Teaching and syllabi include not only Howard's syllabi from undergraduate work, but also syllabi, teaching evaluations and correspondence from his own teaching career at institutions such as Duke University, DeKalb College, King's College London, and University of York.
The Writing Series is divided into two series: Writings by Howard and Writings by Others. Writings by Howard includes notes, correspondence, releases and reviews of Howard's published books, articles and other chapter publications. Writing by Others includes bound stage and screen plays, and unpublished manuscripts. The works were given to Howard by the authors.
The Oral History Series contains oral history notes from about twenty-five interviewees. Relatedly, the Audiovisual Materials Series consists of thirty-three audiocassettes containing oral history interviews for Howard's book, Men Like That.
Access to the Collection
Collection is restricted.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], John Howard Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Personal Papers Series includes items such as gallery/art show pamphlets, Novid Parsi's immigration file, a playlist for the Band Defunkt, diplomas, GRE/GMAT reports, and miscellaneous undergraduate paper topics. The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
The Professional Papers Series is divided into eight subseries: professional, activist organizations, conferences, research, clippings, correspondence, teaching and miscellaneous. Each subseries is arranged in alphabetical order.
Box 5 includes items restricted according to the University Archives regulations.
Materials include invitations to speak at universities, grants, presentations, guest lectures, documentaries, items pertaining to his tenure at The National Faculty, promotions, seminars, letters of recommendation, and the Historians' Amicus Brief, Supreme Court, Lawrence v. Texas.
Organizations represented include Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, The Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Alliance of the University of Alabama, Mary Renault Society, Queer Nation, amongst others. The subseries also consists of the activist events pertaining to the Cracker Barrel.
Conferences organized include Queer Matters Conference and Sex Show Conference; conferences attended include the Queer History Conference, the Southern Conference on Afro-American Studies, and several others. Files arranged alphabetically by title.
This subseries includes research on subjects such as sodomy, Shirley Q. Liquor, U.S. President James Buchanan, and also includes photos from a Delta State Yearbook. Files arranged alphabetically.
Clippings concern LGBTQI issues in Alabama, Atlanta/Emory University, and Duke University. Also includes clippings on non-gay issues in the south.
Includes correspondence with other authors, students, and fans. Files arranged alphabetically.
Includes not only syllabi from Howard's graduate studies, but also syllabi, teaching evaluations and correspondence from Howard's tenure at King's College London, York University, Duke University and DeKalb among others.
Items include a picture, some handwritten quotes and a written tribute to Ruby Etta Lee Koppelman authored by her daughter, Nancy Koppelman.
Box 6 includes items restricted according to the University Archives policies.
Includes notes, correspondence and reviews of Howard's published work. Works include Carryin' on in the Lesbian and Gay South, The Bitterweed Path, and Men Like That: A Southern Queer History. Works are arranged in alphabetical order by title.
Series includes bound stage and screen plays, and unpublished manuscripts--given by the authors to Howard. Authors include Patrick Cather, Ben Duncan, Novid Parsi, among others. Also included are two printed reports by organizations. Works are arranged in alphabetical order by author.
Comprises oral history notes for Howard's research, including the work Men Like That, A Southern Queer History. The interviews were conducted by either John Howard or the Mississippi Oral History Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, abbreviated JH and MOHP respectively.
Series contains thirty-three audio-cassettes with oral history interviews for Men Like That, A Southern Queer History.
[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact Research Services before coming to use this collection.]
RL10076-CS-0012, RL10076-CS-0013 and RL10076-CS-0014
RL10076-CS-0022, RL10076-CS-0023, RL10076-CS-0024 and RL10076-CS-0025
John Howard, born June 12, 1962, is a Professor of American Studies at King's College London. He completed his undergraduate work at University of Virginia, receiving his MBA from University of Mississippi, his MA in American Studies at University of Alabama, and his PhD in American Studies from Emory University. Howard was the first externally hired full-time director of the Duke LGBT student center.
His work focuses on queer history, documentary photography, Japanese-American and African-American histories, nuclear proliferation and protest, and the American South. Howard was the co-author and signatory of the Historians' Amicus Brief, Supreme Court, Lawrence v. Texas, in 2003. He has received awards and commendations from Fulbright Commission, Rockefeller Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Delfina Studio Trust amongst others. Howard is involved with a number of activist organizations, including Queer Nation and the campaign to Free Chelsea Manning.
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The John Howard Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2013.
Processed by Joanne Fairhurst; Meghan Lyon, January 2014
Encoded by Joanne Fairhurst; Meghan Lyon, January 2014
Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2013-0154
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.