Austin History Center

Harry Garnett Jander Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jander, Harry Garnett
Title: Harry Garnett Jander Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1937-1962
Abstract: Harry G. Jander was an Austin, Texas resident from 1945 until his death in 1962. The collection consists mainly of manuscripts of short stories written by Jander.
Identification: AR.2005.024
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Harry Garnett Jander was born in Palestine, Texas on May 8, 1882 and spent his early years in East Texas. After a year at Columbia University he transferred to the University of London to study fine arts. While in London he served his apprenticeship in a decorator's shop that took him into Buckingham Palace where he met Queen Mary. After serving in World War I he worked as a decorator on the staff of a New York store and eventually established his own shop in St. Louis. During World War II he worked in aircraft fabric at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX until he was transferred to Bergstrom Air Force Base in 1945. He decided to remain in Austin after the war.

Jander was best known as a collector and expert on fabrics. He had a personal collection of old and unusual fabrics that at one time consisted of more than 1,000 pieces. He died on March 20, 1962.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the materials in the Harry Garnett Jander Papers are manuscript drafts of short stories written by Jander. In some instances there are several copies and/or versions of a single story, some with editorial comments by Jander. Of interest is a letter from J. Frank Dobie in response to Jander's request to read his story "To Salvador" dated 1947. In addition to the literary works there are newspaper clippings, correspondence with publishers and agents as well few financial documents and handwritten notes.


Arranged by material type.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Adams, Vivian.
Jander, Harry G.
Austin (Tex.)
Short stories.

Related Material

AF Biography - Jander, Harry Garnett.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials found among the belongings of Anne Robinson after her death. Her relationship to the creator is unknown.

Preferred Citation

Harry Garnett Jander Papers (AR.2005.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2005/069

Donation Date: 2005

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Writings, 1947, undated

Box Folder
1 1-2 Edited manuscripts, undated
3 Manuscripts in a series, undated
4 Manuscripts with corresponding correspondence, 1947
Box Folder
2 1-4 Manuscripts, undated
5 Jander and Vivian Adams manuscripts, undated

II. Assorted documents, 1937-1962, undated

Box Folder
2 6 Correspondence with agents and publishers, 1941-1942, 1961-1962, undated
7 Newspaper clippings, 1937-1961, undated
8 Assorted documents, 1949, 1960-1961, undated