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Dorothy Howard

Identifier
NFAI.E.00001276
Preferred Name
Dorothy Howard
Library of Congress Naming Authority
Howard, Dorothy, 1902- [info:lc/authorities/names/n92083425]
Entity Date
1902 - 1996
Biography/History
Dorothy Howard (1902-1996) was a pioneering scholar of children’s folklore. She graduated from North Texas State Teachers College (1923) and utilized folklore in public schools as a teacher and principal. She received a PhD in Education in 1938 with a dissertation on children’s folklore that combined both Victorian collection methods with ethnographic fieldwork. As a professor in the English Department at Frostburg State University (1944-1967), she brought her students out to document regional folklife, focusing on occupational traditions of coal miners and canal workers, folk narrative, belief, and customs. She and her students at Frostburg amassed a considerable body of fieldwork, which Dr. Howard donated to the Maryland State Arts Council in the 1970s. She published extensively, including in the Journal of American Folklore, and authored two major works: Dorothy's World: Childhood in Sabine Bottom, 1902-1910 (1977), and Pedro of Tonalá (1989). The American Folklore Society named an award in her honor, the Dorothy Howard Award for Excellence in Folklore. For more information about Dr. Howard:

American Folklore Society: http://www.afsnet.org/?page=FolkloreEd
Dorothy Howard Collection @ UNT: http://www.library.unt.edu/collections/archives-and-rare-books/dorothy-howard
 
 

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