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Guide to the John Howard Papers, 1950-2013

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.10076
Title
John Howard papers
Date
1950-2013
Creator
Howard, John
Extent
9 Linear Feet, 6750 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

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.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Personal Papers, 1986-2011

15 folders

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.

Art shows, galleries, concerts, 1991-1995
Box 1
Atlanta Pride celebration, 1995
Box 1
The Band Defunkt, playlist, Washington, DC 1986
Box 1
GMAT, 1982-1983
Box 1
GRE, 1990
Box 1
John D. Howard, Sr., 1992-1997
Box 1
"Icons of the Gay Community," Getty Image Gallery, 2005
Box 1
McMillan, George, 1993-2011
Box 1
Nguyen, Brice, Paris, 2005
Box 1
Miscellaneous paper topics, undergraduate, 1982
Box 1
Parsi, Novid, immigration case, 2000
Box 1
Diplomas, 1992-1993
Box 1
Photographs, undated
Box 1
Seen and Heard, Alabama, 1992
Box 1
Sligh, Charlie, undated
Box 1

2. Professional Papers, 1980-2013

2 boxes

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.

Conditions Governing Access note

Box 5 includes items restricted according to the University Archives regulations.

Professional, 1985-2009

1 box

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.

American Museum in Britain, 2006
Box 1
Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Arts Festival, 1995
Box 1
Bachelor Farmers documentary, Kendrick, Idaho, 2001
Box 1
Berkeley-Bain, 2000
Box 1
British Museum, 2008
Box 1
Center for the History of Sexuality, undated
Box 1
Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, 1992-1995
Box 1
CLGH of AHA, undated
Box 1
Delfina Studio Trust, 1993
Box 1
Driffield School, East Yorkshire, 2001
Box 1
Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), HRC, 1997-1998
Box 1
ESRC-Sexuality, York University and UCRYSJ, 2001
Box 1
Grants, 2000-2010
Box 1
Grants, Fulbright, 2000-2005
Box 1
Gulf States/Warner Collection firing, 1991
Box 1
Inter-American Development Bank employment, 1985
Box 1
Inter-American Development Bank evaluations, 1988
Box 1
Interdisciplinary Studies catalogue, Duke University, 1998
Box 1
Jesus College, Oxford University, 1999
Box 1
Job Clinic, 1988
Box 1
The Joneses, 2009
Box 1
The Joys and Limits of Gay Sex (chats), 2001
Box 1
King's College London Student Union, 2004
Box 1
King's College London/York, professional, 1998-2007
Box 1
Koessler benefaction, University of York, 2000
Box 1
Lawrence vs. Texas, Historians' Amicus Brief, 2003
Box 1
The National Faculty, forum/annual reports, 1995-1996
Box 1
The National Faculty, performance evaluations/indicators, 1995-1996
Box 1
The National Faculty, daily lists of activities, 1996
Box 1
The National Faculty, 1998
Box 1
"New Sexual Values," Reel Jems documentary, 2007
Box 1
"Politics of Dancing," correspondence, research, 1995-2001
Box 1
Promotions, 2004
Box 1
Publishers/publications, 1991-1995
Box 1
Queer Center seminar, 2001
Box 1
Letters of recommendation for J. Howard, 1998
Box 1
Resume, 1988-1990
Box 1
Senshu University, 2004
Box 1
Southern Culture Collaborative Program, High Museum, 1996
Box 1
The Southern Historian, 1993-1995
Box 1
Stonewall Leadership Programme, 2006
Box 1
Supervisees/dissertations, 1999-2002
Box 1
Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University, 1995
Box 1
Tuscon, Arizona, lecture, undated
Box 1
University of Reading donation, 2011
Box 1
Valentine Museum, 1996
Box 1
Warwick History Seminar, 2000
Box 1

Activist Organizations, 1990-2013

22 folders

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.

Atlanta Domestic Partnership, undated
Box 2
Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, undated
Box 2
Atlanta Lesbian and Gay Public Safety Task Force, 1992
(2 folders)
Box 2
Cheek, Jeff, 1993
Box 2
Cracker Barrel, 1993-2003
Box 2
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Student Leaders meeting, 1992
Box 2
Gay campus organizations, 1990 and undated
Box 2
GLAAD, 1997
Box 2
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Alliance and the University of Alabama, 1996
Box 2
Lambda Update, 1997
Box 2
Chelsea/Bradley Manning, 2013
Box 2
March on Washington, 1993
Box 2
Mary Renault Society, 1997
Box 2
MS State University - Reflector, 1990
Box 2
National Coming Out Day, 1992
Box 2
Queer Nation, 1992-1993
Box 2
SAGA newsletter, 1992
Box 2
San Francisco AIDS Foundation, undated
Box 2
Southern Oral History organization, 1993-1995
Box 2
Yorkshire Evening Press, 2001
Box 2
General activism
Box 2
Conferences, 1991-2010
(11 folders)

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.

Box 2
Research, 1980-2004
(9 folders)

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.

Box 2
Clippings, undated
(8 folders)

Clippings concern LGBTQI issues in Alabama, Atlanta/Emory University, and Duke University. Also includes clippings on non-gay issues in the south.

Box 2
Correspondence, 1996-2007
(10 folders)

Includes correspondence with other authors, students, and fans. Files arranged alphabetically.

Box 2

Teaching/syllabi, 1991-2008

68 folders

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.

DeKalb College, 1993-1994
(7 folders)
Box 3
Teaching evaluations
Box 3
American Studies courses, 1991-1992
(9 folders)
Box 3
Duke History courses
(4 folders)
Box 3
Emory graduate studies
(16 folders)
Box 3
Queer studies syllabi, 1991-2000
(3 folders)
Box 3
King's College London courses, 2001-2009
(13 folders)
Box 3
University of York courses, 1999-2001
(14 folders)
Box 3
Miscellaneous teaching files
(3 folders)
Box 3
Miscellaneous, 2013 and undated
(3 folders)

Items include a picture, some handwritten quotes and a written tribute to Ruby Etta Lee Koppelman authored by her daughter, Nancy Koppelman.

Box 3

University Archives Restricted Materials

3 folders
Conditions Governing Access note

Box 6 includes items restricted according to the University Archives policies.

Duke LGBT Center
Box 6
Duke adjunct professorship offer
Box 6
Email addresses/lists, 1998
Box 6

Writings by Howard, 1950-2012

19 folders

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.

Bitterweed Path, 1950-1998
(2 folders)
Box 5
Carryin' On in the Lesbian and Gay South anthology, 1993-1997
(2 folders)
Box 5
"An Emerging Voice," 1997
Box 5
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community Studies, 1996
Box 5
The Library, the Park, and the Pervert, 1992
Box 5
Monographs, contracts, and royalties, 1998-2011
Box 5
Men Like That, 1996-2001
(4 folders)
Box 5
No Deed But Memory anthology, 1999
Box 5
OT Cabbage and Kings, 2012
Box 5
Oxford Student, 2006
Box 5
Same Language, with Ben Duncan
(2 folders)
Box 5
Review of "Smearing the Queer," 2000
Box 5
Miscellaneous writings, 1992-1996
Box 5

Writings by Others, 1989-2012

13 folders

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.

Araki, Gregg, The Living End, 1990
Box 3
Bailey, Brad, Womenfolks, c. 1995
Box 3
Blakely, Cynthia, Living Year-Round, 2005
Box 4
Cather, Patrick, She Really Was a Sick Woman, 1997
Box 4
Cather, Patrick, The Last Apollo Ball, 1995 and 1996
(2 versions)
Box 4
Cather, Patrick, Where I Am Now, 1994
Box 4
Chapman, Dick, ed., Sydney Chapman Diaries: 1910 and After, 2012
Box 4
Duberman, Martin, Posing Naked, undated
Box 4
Duncan, Ben, Late Starter, undated
Box 4
Lee, Harper, Romance and High Adventure, 1993
Box 4
Stabler, Vastine, Al Dempart for Governor, undated
Box 4
Louisiana Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, The Administration of Justice for Homosexual Persons in New Orleans, September 1989
Box 4
North Carolina Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality, Homophobia and Human Rights in North Carolina, 1995
Box 4
Articles by Novid Parsi, undated
Box 4
Raffl, Lea, and Elke Zobl, "Architectural Otherness: The Collision of Private and Public Space in the Case of Tearooms at Duke University," 1996
Box 4
Gay and Lesbian Studies, miscellaneous articles, undated
Box 4

4. Oral Histories, 1972-2010

32 folders

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.

Barlow, Gary, 1993 (MOHP)
Box 5
Barnes, Barbara, and Jenny Freedle, 1994 (JH)
Box 5
Barnes, Thelma, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Clay, Henry, and Effie Clay, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Corley, Carl, 1999-2010 (JH)
Box 5
Dent, Bill, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Doe, John, 1996 (MOHP)
Box 5
Entrekin, Rod, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Fruitiger, Donald and Marvin Graham, 1993 (MOHP)
Box 5
Grantham, Ken, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Griffis, Marcia, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Hammond, Jack, 1997 (JH)
Box 5
Henry, Aaron, 1972 and undated (JH)
Box 5
Higgs, Bill, 1998 (JH)
Box 5
Hollingshead, Bennie, 1993 (MOHP)
Box 5
Jones, Jheri, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Lever, John, 1994 (JH)
Box 5
Lewis, Cathy, 1993 (MOHP)
Box 5
Mauldin, Harry David, 1993 (JH)
Box 5
Morey, Hunter, 1998 (JH)
Box 5
Owen, Walter, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Reynolds, Edie, 1994 (JH)
Box 5
Russell, Theodore, 1997 (JH)
Box 5
Sakamoto, Hideo, 2000 (JH)
Box 5
Sandifer, Eddie, 1996 (JH)
Box 5
Schwartz, Jerome, 1993 (JH)
Box 5
Schwartz, Perry, 1993 (JH)
Box 5
Smith, Don, 1998 (JH)
Box 5
Smith, Ms., 1993 (MOHP)
Box 5
Wilds, Newt, and Bob Canon, 1997-2000 (JH)
Box 5
MCC Interviews: Kathy Switzer, 1994 (JH)
Box 5
Miscellaneous interviews, 1994-1997 (JH)
Box 5

5. Audiovisual Materials, 1993-1998

1 box

Series contains thirty-three audio-cassettes with oral history interviews for Men Like That, A Southern Queer History.

Conditions Governing Access note

[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.]

Barnes, Barbara, 1994 June 16

RL10076-CS-0001

Box 7
Bender, James, 1994 Sept. 9

RL10076-CS-0002

Box 7
Clay, Henry C. Jr., 1996 Jan. 13
(2 audio tapes)

RL10076-CS-0003 and RL10076-CS-0004

Box 7
Corley, Carl Vernon, 1997 July 29

RL10076-CS-0005

Box 7
Dent, William, 1996 May 18

RL10076-CS-0006

Box 7
Entreken, Rod L., 1996 Jan. 13

RL10076-CS-0007

Box 7
Freedle, Jenny, 1994 June 16

RL10076-CS-0008

Box 7
Grantham, Kenneth, 1996 May 19
(2 audio tapes)

RL10076-CS-0009 and RL10076-CS-0010

Box 7
Griffis, Marcia, 1996 June 21

RL10076-CS-0011

Box 7
Hammond, Jack, 1996 May 18 and 1996 July 6
(3 audio tapes)

RL10076-CS-0012, RL10076-CS-0013 and RL10076-CS-0014

Box 7
Jones, Jheri, 1996 Jan. 14

RL10076-CS-0015

Box 7
Lever, John, 1994 June 15
(2 audio tapes)

RL10076-CS-0016 and RL10076-CS-0017

Box 7
Mauldin, H. Donald, 1993 Sept. 4
(2 audio tapes)

RL10076-CS-0018 and RL10076-CS-0019

Box 8
Owen, Walter, 1996 July 6

RL10076-CS-0020

Box 8
Paynther, Kevin (Brad Stone), 1994 Sept. 8

RL10076-CS-0021

Box 8
Phillips, Thomas Hal, 1994 Nov. 25, 1995 July 18, 1995 Dec. 27
(4 audio tapes)

RL10076-CS-0022, RL10076-CS-0023, RL10076-CS-0024 and RL10076-CS-0025

Box 8
Reynolds, Edie, 1994 Sept. 19
(2 audio tapes)

RL10076-CS-0026 and RL10076-CS-0027

Box 8
Sandifer, Eddie, 1998 July 29

RL10076-CS-0028

Box 8
Smith, Don, 1998 July 21

RL10076-CS-0029

Box 8
Wild, Newt and Bob Canon, 1996 May 26
(2 audio tapes)

RL10076-CS-0030 and RL10076-CS-0031

Box 8
Ode to Billie Joe, 1994 Feb. 23, 1994 Mar. 2

RL10076-CS-0032

Box 8
MCC Interviews: Kathy Switzer, 1994 Mar. 28

RL10076-CS-0033

Box 8

Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Howard Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The John Howard Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2013.

Processing Information

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.