Joseph Kinsey Howard Papers, 1927-1954  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Howard, Joseph Kinsey, 1906-1951
Joseph Kinsey Howard Papers
1927-1954 (inclusive)
6.3 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
MC 27
Joseph Kinsey Howard (1906-1951) was a Great Falls, Montana, author, newspaperman, and historian. The collection (1927-1954) consists of correspondence about the publication of his books, various subject files on professional activities such as the Montana Study, and research files for his articles and books, especially for Strange Empire about the Metis.
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joseph Kinsey Howard was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on February 28, 1906. He went with his mother to Great Falls, Montana, in 1919. After completing high school, he joined the staff of the Great Falls Leader in 1923 as a reporter. Three years later he was named news editor and continued in this job until 1944, when he resigned to become research associate for the Montana Study, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation and Montana State University in Missoula. He left this project after two years to devote full time to writing. Howard was the author of Montana: High, Wide and Handsome, a history of Montana which won wide critical acclaim and went into eight editions in its first three years. He also edited Montana Margins: A State Anthology . At the time of his death he was completing Strange Empire , a history of the Metis of the northwestern United States and Canada from 1860 to 1890. Howard wrote numerous magazine articles, most of them concerning Montana. He delivered lectures for writers throughout the East and the Midwest, and was twice recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships on creative writing. He reviewed books for the New York Times, and was editorial correspondent for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, as well as Montana news correspondent for Time and Life magazines. He was a staff member of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference held annually in Vermont and directed the annual writers' conference at the Regional Arts Roundup at Montana State University from 1948 to 1950. Joseph Kinsey Howard died August 25, 1951.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers. 1927-1954. 6.3 linear feet. The collection contains correspondence concerning the publication of Howard's works, various subject files about his professional activities, and research files for his several articles and books.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of the Montana Historical Society. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collection. In some cases permission for use may require additional authorization from the copyright owners. For more information contact an archivist.

Preferred Citation

Item description and date. Collection Title. Collection Number. Box and Folder numbers. Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives, Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Subject Files Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 1-6
Agency correspondence (re work of literary agents Bernice Baumgarter and Alma Pritchard of Brandt and Brandt agency in finding publishers for Howard's work; includes references to many works that were never published)
1 / 7-8
Biographical file (includes personal correspondence, draft deferment application, letters with Who's Who and others, a poem by Rebecca Osborn "Joe Howard of Montana", obituaries, testimonials, etc.)
1 / 9
Book reviews by Howard
1945, undated
1 / 10-11
Butte materials (primarily correspondence re postwar low cost housing projects and the Greater Butte Project of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company; also includes drafts of articles and speech by Tom Lyon on silver mining)
1 / 12
Butte materials (clippings re social conditions in Butte, low income housing projects, etc.; includes ACM Club News column from Montana Standard)
1 / 13
Butte materials (miscellaneous, including drafts of articles, statistical data, brochures, maps, and a notebook entitled "Butte Research, July 1946")
1 / 14
Guggenheim Fellowship (correspondence re application for two fellowships: one re Metis and one re exploitation of the Great Plains)
1939, 1946
1 / 15
Indian crafts and education (correspondence from Mrs. John C. Ewers, U.S. Office of Indian Affairs, D'Arcy McNickle, Baker Brownell, Rose K. Brandt, Northern Plains Indians Crafts Association, F.A. Asbury; also includes Senate report "Survey of Conditions among the Indians of the United States", 1943)
1 / 16
Indian crafts and education (publications, including "Indians At Work"; Denver Art Museum leaflets; "Tongue River Indian Reservation, Montana, Economic Survey and Program of Development, March 1944"; "Rocky Boy's Reservation" and "Fort Belknap Indian Arts and Crafts" both by Mabel Morrow; etc.)
2 / 1-2
Lectures (correspondence from clubs and organizations inviting Howard to speak)
2 / 3
Lectures (includes radio talk on proposed civic center in Great Falls; "New Vistas for Education"; "New Frontiers for Montanans"; "Missouri--Valley of Opportunity"; "On Montana Education" [2 copies]; "New Concepts of Plains History"; "Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw" [a Great Books lecture; "University Fund Allocation"; untitled convocation speech to Missoula high school students; "The Rocky Mountain Region, 1900-1950" [Voice of America broadcast]; untitled radio address for the Cascade County Trades and Labor Assembly)
2 / 4
Lectures (clippings)
2 / 5
Memberships (includes brochures, programs, etc.)
2 / 6
Miscellaneous correspondence, outgoing (re Great Falls Newspaper Guild, resignation from Great Falls Leader, article on Associated Press, site of destroyed buffalo pichkun, World War II displaced persons, naming of holes at Meadow Lark Country Club, et al.)
2 / 7
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes Gerald W. Johnson, Educational Cooperative Publishing Company, Ralph C. Works, United Publishers Inc of Havre)
2 / 8
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes John E. Blair, Schubert Dyche, Great Falls Tribune, Harpers Magazine, Associated Press, Warren S. Blauvelt, Common Sense magazine, Elizabeth Turner, Harold F. Smith, Montana Historical Society Library)
2 / 9
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes Tennessee Valley Authority, J.R. Howard, Phyllis H. Meitzler, Peter Rorvik)
2 / 10
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes A.L Strand, Robert S. Allen, Vanguard Press, T.C. Gandy, Ray B. West re Butte article, H.G. Merriam)
2 / 11
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes Western Review re article on Coeur d'Alene area, Alf C. Kremer, Ken Cooper, Carma R. Zimmerman, and various publishers and letters from readers)
2 / 12
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes Rocky Mountain Grange #2, Hamilton; letters re Pacific Speculator article on Hutterites; notes on a conversation with a German prisoner of war; letters re Harper's article on Butte; Charles Burke re historical letters written by his uncle Frank Burke; The Progressive re proposed Missouri Valley Authority [MVA])
2 / 13
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes League for CVA [Columbia Valley Authority]; Harper's Magazine article on Tom Campbell; Arthur Maass re water projects; Missouri Valley Authority [MVA]; Dee Linford; Dan Whetstone; Tom Campbell; appointment to board of Montana Historical Society; letters re Montana High Wide and Handsome; letters re speech on Montana education fund situation; incorporation of Great Plains Foundation; United World Federalists)
2 / 14
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes Baker Brownell; Helen Ruggles; Pacific Speculator article on timber sustained yield; Robert P. Armstrong; Norman J. Holter; Ernest O. Melby; Else Byhan re German edition of his work)
2 / 15
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes Bernard DeVoto re Lewis and Clark Expedition research; Lawrence F. Florek re manuscript on Johnson Flying Service; includes two posthumous letters)
2 / 16
Miscellaneous correspondence, incoming (includes Geneva Combes re Newlon; Laura Z. Hobson; Ruth Lease re Seattle creative dramatics program; Marcae Power; also includes telegram re Montana Power Company, "Rocky Mountain Cities" proposal, clipping re Buffalo Hump gold rush, notes re May Arkwright Hutton of Spokane)
3 / 1-6
Montana: High, Wide and Handsome: incoming correspondence
1943-1954, undated
3 / 7
Montana: High, Wide and Handsome: permissions
3 / 8
Montana: High, Wide and Handsome: scrapbook
3 / 9
Montana: High, Wide and Handsome: research notes and synopsis
circa 1942
4 / 1
Montana Institute of the Arts: general correspondence and miscellaneous publications [additional material in OVERSIZE]
4 / 2
Montana Margins: incoming correspondence
4 / 3
Montana Margins: typewritten manuscripts
4 / 4
Montana Margins: research notes
4 / 5
Montana Margins: bibliographical notes
4 / 6
Montana Margins: contract arrangements correspondence
4 / 7
Montana Margins: contract arrangements scrapbook
5 / 1-6
Montana Study: general correspondence (includes Baker Brownell, Ernest O. Melby, Rockefeller Foundation, Morris L. Cooke, K.W. Bergen, G.M. Brandborg, George A. Selke, James A. McCain, Richard Poston; also includes copies of outgoing Brownell letters, "A Proposal for Continuation of the Montana Study") [see also MC 270]
5 / 7
Montana Study: writings and miscellany (includes "Community Facilities under Montana Law" and "Missouri--Valley of Opportunity" statement before Senate Irrigation and Reclamation Committee subcommittee, by Joseph Kinsey Howard; "The Bitterroot: the Story of a Montana Valley" [outline]; "Community-Centered Education for Montana Adults" by Ruth W. Robinson; "Population Trends, National, State, Local" by Baker Brownell; "When Our Boys Come Home" by F.A. Halverson; "Why People Are Moving to Town" by Richard L. Neuberger; also includes bibliography, lists of conferences and lectures; mailing list; newspaper editorial; etc.)
5 / 8
Montana Study: miscellaneous publications
5 / 9
Montana Study: clippings
6 / 1
Newspaper articles: clippings
6 / 2
Northwest Institute of International Relations: incoming correspondence
6 / 3
Northwest Institute of International Relations: miscellaneous publications
6 / 4
Northwest Institute of International Relations: miscellaneous notes
6 / 5
Northwest Institute of International Relations: clippings
6 / 6
Notes: handwritten research notes
6 / 7-9
Published manuscripts: typewritten manuscripts
6 / 10
Published manuscripts: general correspondence
1947, 1949
7-8 /
Published manuscripts: magazine articles
9 / 1
Regional Arts Roundup: incoming correspondence
9 / 2
Regional Arts Roundup: miscellany
9 / 3
Reviews of Howard's work
9 / 4-10
Strange Empire: incoming correspondence
10 / 1 - 12 / 1
Strange Empire: typed manuscript
13 / 1 - 14 / 1
Strange Empire: galley proof
15 / 1
Strange Empire: scrapbook of ads, letters, reviews
16 / 1-2
Strange Empire: typewritten research notes
16 / 3-6
Strange Empire: handwritten research notes
16 / 7
Strange Empire: maps
16 / 8
Strange Empire: miscellaneous printed materials
17 / 1-2
Strange Empire: research clippings
17 / 3
Strange Empire: photocopies of research materials
17 / 4
Strange Empire: description of research microfilm transferred to Library
17 / 5
Strange Empire: research notes
18 / 1
Tributes: correspondence to Mrs. Josephine Howard
1945, 1951-1954
18 / 2
Tributes: miscellaneous
18 / 3
Burton K. Wheeler: general correspondence
18 / 4
Burton K. Wheeler: research notes
18 / 5-10
Yale University Press: general correspondence

Miscellany Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
18 / 11
List of photographs and printed material transferred to Photo Archives and Library respectively

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Art--Societies--Montana
  • Authors--Montana
  • Blackfeet Indians
  • Cheyenne Indians
  • Copper Mines and Mining--Montana
  • Hutterite Brethren
  • Indians OF North America--Art
  • Indians OF North America--Education
  • Labor and Laboring Classes--Montana
  • Metis
  • Red River Rebellion, 1869-1870
  • Riel Rebellion, 1885
  • Personal Names :
  • Howard, Joseph Kinsey, 1906-1951 (creator)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Butte (Mont.)
  • Canada