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Guy Howard Papers

Identifier: MsC0629

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of drafts and correspondence concerning two of Howard Guy's books, Give Me Thy Vineyard and Walkin' Preacher of the Ozarks.

Acquisition and Processing Information


  • Creation: 1948-1950


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Guy Howard was born in 1891 in Lucas County, Iowa. He worked on a farm for the first years of his adult life, then he moved to the Ozark Mountains, where he became an itinerant preacher. He walked an average of four thousand miles a year and served dozens of communities as pastor. His salary averaged fourteen dollars a month. He wrote about his experiences in The Walkin' Preacher of the Ozarks in 1941 which brought him national notoriety. He followed this with several novels, including Give Me Thy Vineyard (1949) and Wings of the Dawn (1953).


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Itinerant preacher and writer. This collection consists of manuscripts from two of his books and various clippings. Iowa Author Mss.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Reverend Guy Howard in 1948 (Walkin' Preacher of the Ozarks) and in 1950 (Give Me Thy Vineyard).

C. Pummer and Jacque Roethler, August 2004
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
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