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John Tasker Howard papers

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John Tasker Howard papers, 1869-1995.
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Howard, John Tasker, 1890-1964.
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  • Our American music (Radio program)
  • America in music (Radio program)
  • Music in America (Radio program)
  • Name that tune (Television program)
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  • Scores.
  • Radio scripts.
  • Clippings.
Biography (note)
  • John Tasker Howard was a noted American music expert, radio host, writer, lecturer, and composer.
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Call Number
JPB 03-9
Author
Howard, John Tasker, 1890-1964.
Title
John Tasker Howard papers, 1869-1995.
Summary
The papers of John Tasker Howard document his professional life from the early 1920's until his death in 1964. There are a few items within the papers that precede and follow the dates of his life that are connected to his activities. A considerable amount of items relating to Stephen Foster and material dealing with Howard's most notable literary work, Our American music can be found within the papers. Materials represented include correspondence, writings, scores, financial records, clippings and scrapbooks.
Biography
John Tasker Howard was a noted American music expert, radio host, writer, lecturer, and composer. His early involvement with piano, and his subsequent study of composition with Paul Tidden, Howard Brockway and Mortimer Wilson, provided him with the proper background for the numerous positions held over the course of his life. Some of his more noteworthy positions were: managing editor of the Musician (1919-1922), music editor of McCall's magazine (1928-1930), music editor of Cue magazine (1936-1938), curator of the American Music Collection at the New York Public Library (1940-1956), and secretary for American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP). Howard wrote numerous piano, choral and orchestral arrangements. Still, it was primarily as a writer that he came to the public's attention. His books Our American music and Stephen Foster, America's troubadour established him as an eminent writer on American music and a Stephen Foster expert. He later wrote Ethelbert Nevin (1935), Our contemporary composers (1941), This modern music (1942) and Music in America (1957, with G.K. Bellows). During the 1930s to the 1940s, Howard wrote and hosted radio programs such as America in music, Music in America and Our American music and was involved with the Name that tune television quiz show from 1955-1959.
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Occupation
Composers.
Added Author
Bellows, George Kent.
Howard, John Tasker, 1890-1964. Stephen Foster : America's troubadour.
Added Title
Our American music (Radio program)
America in music (Radio program)
Music in America (Radio program)
Name that tune (Television program)
Research Call Number
JPB 03-9
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