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.
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.
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.
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Andrew Forest Muir to David Howell-Jones letters, MS 081, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/79 Accessed August 10, 2022.