Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Andrew Forest Muir to David Howell-Jones letters, 1958 MS 081

creator Muir, Andrew Forest, 1916-1969
Title: Andrew Forest Muir to David Howell-Jones letters
Dates: 1958
Identification: MS 081
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft.(1 folder)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical note

Andrew Forest Muir was born January 8, 1916 in Houston Heights, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (1938) and a Master of Arts (1942) from Rice Institute, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Texas (1949). While in Austin he taught at St. Luke’s school and tutored English at the University of Texas (1942-44), also serving as acting director of the San Jacinto Museum of History (1943-44). Muir next traveled to Hawaii where, from 1945 to 1949, he worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Engineers in Honolulu, Hawaii, taught history at the Iolany School, and later was Educational Advisor to the Commanding General at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He served as an Assistant Professor of History at Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, Texas, from 1951-53, before moving on to teach at the Polytechnic Institute, in San German, Puerto Rico for the 1953-54 academic year. Honored as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial fellow for 1957-58, he then joined the history department at Rice Institute in 1958.

David Howell-Jones received a B.A. in English from Rice in 1944, and a B.S. in organ from Juilliard in 1949. He was on the editorial staff of The Columbia Encyclopedia; a musician-editor for Columbia records; chief editor at the Unversity of Texas Press; and director of Vanderbilt University Press.

Scope and Contents note

This is a collection of photocopies of personal letters written by Andrew Forest Muir to David Howell-Jones from February to August 1958. The orginal letters have been lost. The letters were written while Muir was doing research on William Marsh Rice for the book William Marsh Rice and His Institute: A Biographical Study. Many letters describe Muir's research process including where he did his research and the information he acquired.


Access restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use restrictions

Permission to publish from the Andrew Forest Muir letters to David Howell-Jones collection, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Muir, Andrew Forest, 1916-1969
letters (correspondence)

Related Archival Materials note

Andrew Forest Muir papers, MS 017, 1763-1969

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Andrew Forest Muir to David Howell-Jones letters, MS 081, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This material was donated by David Howell-Jones, 2007.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Box Folder
1 1 Letters February - August 1958