Blanche Phillips Howard and John Langley Howard papers, 1947-1981

Howard, Blanche Phillips, b. 1908 or 1910 d. 1976
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Howard, John Langley, b. 1902 d. 1999
Painter, Muralist
Active in San Francisco,Calif.

Collection size: 249 items (partially filmed on 1 microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Material covering personal and professional lives of the Howards including correspondence, photographs, writings, sketches, business records and miscellaneous printed material.

Gift: Biographical information, photographs of Blanche Howard's sculpture; a manuscript of Blanche Howard's book, DANCE OF THE SELF; a copy of AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ADELINE KENT; drawings of Blanche Howard's sculpture by Ann H. Berman; printed material including exhibition catalogs, announcements and clippings and miscellany.

Reel 1309, frames 140-285: Materials concerning John Langley Howard's career, including a letter received about his illustrations for SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 1942-1974; 2 engravings by him, 1950; 13 cover illustrations by him, 3 prepatory sketches and related material; 2 photographs of him, 1963; 25 photos of his works, a few financial papers. 1 biographical sketch, exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings and miscellany.

Reel 1309, frames 286-501 Materials relating to Blanche Phillips Howard's career including one letter of introduction by Robert M. Church; 4 photographs of her; one photograph of her and John Langley Howard; 21 photographs of her sculpture; one limited edition publication consisting mainly of photographs of her sculpture; a copy of DANCE OF THE SELF, published in 1974; and 4 clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Blanche Phillips Howard, a sculptor, was married to John Langley Howard, an illustrator. They lived in Bolinas, California and with other members of the Howard family became an influencial force in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene. Blanche died in 1976.

Material on reel 1309 lent for microfilming 1977 by Blanche P. Howard, and unmicrofilmed material donated 1981 by John L. Howard.

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