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Mattie Howard journal and autobiography

Call Number: RH MS 1010


These two documents by ex-convict and evangelist Mattie Howard, include her published autobiography, The Pathway of Mattie Howard (c1937), and a 1921 journal in which she asserted her innocence of crimes in Kansas City, Missouri for which she served seven years in the Missouri State Prison before entering a career in evangelism. Inscribed in her journal are the names of J. P. Mullane, a Kansas City criminal attorney, and L. C. Talbott, who served as Miss Howard's bondsman.


  • Creation: Journal, 1921; autobiography, approximately 1937


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Biography of Mattie Howard

Martha Alice "Mattie" Howard was born in 1894 at Preston, Idaho to Charles and Martha (Keenan) Howard. When she was eight months old, her family moved to Denver, Colorado. In her twenties, she relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, where she was tried and convicted in 1921 on charges related to the robbery and murder of a Kansas City jeweler. Following seven years of imprisonment in the Missouri State Prison, she returned to Denver, where she later became an evangelist.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1010

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, 2007

Guide to the Mattie Howard Collection
Mattie Howard journal and autobiography
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Mattie Howard journal and autobiography, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1010, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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