Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Howard Norman Collection:

An Inventory of His Collection, 1975-1979 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Norman, Howard A.
Title: Howard Norman Collection,
Dates: 1975-1979 and undated
Abstract: Manuscripts and correspondence for The Wishing Bone Cycle and Where the Chill Came From, and an original score based on Norman's work by Laura Clayton.
Collection # R24.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Howard Norman is an American author and translator whose work includes novels, short stories, memoirs, and children’s books. He was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1949 but as a young man he moved to Toronto and lived in Canada for many years, spending much time among native peoples in the Canadian wilderness. As a result of his long residence in Canada, much of his fiction is set there. Norman attended Western Michigan University and Indiana University. He has published numerous translations and retellings of the stories of native peoples of Canada as illustrated books for children. The Wishing Bone Cycle (1976) won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His books Northern Lights and The Bird Artist were both nominated for National Book Awards in Fiction. He has received a Lannan Award for fiction, a Guggenheim, the Whiting Award, as well as several NEA fellowships. Norman is married to poet Jane Shore, with whom he has one daughter. He teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland.

Book publications include:

  • Norman, Howard. Between Heaven and Earth: Bird Tales from Around the World. Orlando: Gulliver Books, 2004.
  • Norman, Howard. The Bird Artist. New York: Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 1994.
  • Norman, Howard, trans. Born Tying Knots, told by Samuel Makidemewabe, Ann Arbor: Bear Claw Press, 1976.
  • Norman, Howard. The Chauffeur: Stories. New York: Picador, 2002.
  • Norman, Howard. Devotion. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
  • Norman, Howard. The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese, and Other Tales of the Far North. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997.
  • Norman, Howard. The Haunting of L. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2002.
  • Norman, Howard. How Glooskap Outwits the Ice Giants; and Other Tales of the Maritime Indians. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.
  • Norman, Howard. In Fond Remembrance of Me. New York: North Point Press, 2005.
  • Norman, Howard. Kiss in the Hotel Joseph Conrad and Other Stories. New York: Summit Books, 1989.
  • Norman, Howard. The Museum Guard: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1998.
  • Norman, Howard. My Famous Evening: Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries & Preoccupations. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2004.
  • Norman, Howard. The Northern Lights: A Novel. New York: Summit Books, 1987.
  • Norman, Howard, compiler and ed. Northern Tales: Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian Peoples. New York: Pantheon Books, 1990.
  • Norman, Howard. The Owl-Scatterer. Boston: Joy Street Books, 1987.
  • Norman, Howard. Trickster and the Fainting Birds. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999.
  • Norman, Howard, trans. Where the Chill Came From: Cree Windigo Tales and Journeys. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982.
  • Norman, Howard. Who-Paddled-Backward-With-Trout. Boston: Joy Street Books, 1987.
  • Norman, Howard, trans. The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems from the Swampy Cree Indians. New York: Stonehill Pub., 1976.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence with W.S. Merwin and Jerome Rothenberg, and an original score by Laura Clayton.

The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World.



The collection is organized by manuscript title.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Copy requests in excess of 5 pages must be approved by the donor or his representative.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

Norman, Howard A.--Manuscripts
Norman, Howard A.--Correspondence
Norman, Howard A. -- Wishing Bone Cycle
Norman, Howard A. -- Where the Chill Came From
Norman, Howard A. -- Born Tying Knots
Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927--Correspondence
Clayton, Laura -- Cree Songs to the Newborn
Rothenberg, Jerome, 1937- --Correspondence


Tales–-Arctic regions
Folklore–-Arctic regions
Cree Indians--Folklore
Cree Indians–-Poetry–-Musical settings
Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collection:

  • Rick Bass Papers, 1958-2001 and undated
  • Max Crawford Papers, 1960-2000 and undated
  • David James Duncan Papers, 1959-2002 and undated
  • David James Duncan Artifact Collection
  • David James Duncan Oversize Items, 1959-2002 and undated
  • Gretel Ehrlich Papers, 1923-2005 and undated
  • Edward Hoagland Papers, 1953-2007 and undated
  • William Kittredge Papers, 1954-2000 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Papers, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Speaking Engagement Papers, 1971-1999 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Photograph Collection: Apológia, 1977
  • Barry Lopez Audio-Visual Collection, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Photograph Collection, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Collection, Requests for Book Jacket Blurbs, 2003-2004 and undated
  • Walter McDonald Papers, 1945-2003 and undated
  • Bill McKibben Papers, 1971-2001 and undated
  • Doug Peacock Papers, 1950-2000 and undated
  • David Quammen Papers, 1956-1999 and undated
  • Pattiann Rogers Papers, 1960-1999 and undated
  • Pattiann Rogers Papers, 1977-2000
  • Annick Smith Papers, 1940-2000 and undated
  • Sandra Scofield Papers, 1958-2005 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Howard Norman Collection, 1975-1979 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2008-0108-X, 2008-109-X

Purchase, 2005

Processed by

Dr. Diane Warner, 2008.

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Born Tying Knots, book, heavy white out on title page, Norman’s notes inside front cover, with typescript copy of Gary Snyder blurb, signed by author, 1976
2 Born Tying Knots, original typescript (as sent to Jerome Rothenberg) with letter to Rothenberg signed by author and holographic notes, 20 long ledger pages, undated
3 Where the Chill Came From, author’s leather bound notebook, 40 pages of text, handwritten and typed on Canadian Railway stationary taped into notebook, inside front cover reads “Windigo Tales, Pelican Narrows, Lake Winnepeg, Berkely, CA, 1975”
4 The Wishing Bone Cycle, original typescript (as sent to Jonathan Cott of Stonehill Press), 14 long ledger pages, signed by author, Oct. 4, 1975
5 The Wishing Bone Cycle, book, Norman’s first copy sent by publisher, inscribed to W.S. Merwin, with notes for reading at Harold Morton Landon Translation Award ceremony, 1976
6 The Wishing Bone Cycle, journal, 9 typed pages on notebook paper about trip to NY for Landon Award, 4 typed drafts of letter to Merwin, written at Excelsior Hotel, NYC, May, 24, 1978



box item
2 1 Cree Songs to the Newborn, for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble, signed by Norman, Nov. 19, 1979, inscribed to Norman by composer Laura Clayton, Nov. 19, 1979