Harry Garnett Jander Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
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.
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.
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Materials found among the belongings of Anne Robinson after her death. Her relationship to the creator is unknown.
Harry Garnett Jander Papers (AR.2005.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2005/069
Donation Date: 2005
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.
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