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Howard Somers Conant papers, 1944-1987

Conant, Howard Somers, 1921-2011


Collection Information

Size: 3.2 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of art educator and painter Howard Somers Conant measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1944 to 1987. The papers document Conant's career as an art educator through correspondence with friends and colleagues; draft manuscripts, lectures, and other writings; newsletters, copies of published books, and other printed materials; and seventy-four sound recordings of interviews, lectures, and panel discussions that Conant took part in during the 1960s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Howard Somers Conant (1921-2011) was an art educator and a painter who served as Chair of the Art Department of New York University from 1955 to 1976. He also served as head of the Department of Art at the University of Arizona. He had a noteworthy career in art education diplomacy abroad, and received the prestigious 25th Anniversary Medal for Distinguished Service to Education in Art, bestowed upon him by Lady Bird Johnson. Conant also pioneered one of the first children's television programs, "Fun to Learn about Art," on WBEN Buffalo.


The Howard Somers Conant papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Howard Somers Conant between 1978 and 1989.

Language Note

English .


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.