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.
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 Writing by Others includes bound stage and screen plays, and unpublished manuscripts.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.