Howard Wight Marshall

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Professor Emeritus

PhD Folklore and Anthropology, Indiana University

MA Folklore and Anthropology, Indiana University

BA English, University of Missouri-Columbia


Howard Wight Marshall is Professor Emeritus and former chairman of the Department Art History and Archaeology, and former director of the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Marshall has written articles and books on regional art and culture, including Missouri fiddlers. He also records and plays music on the Voyager label; his album Now That’s a Good Tune: Masters of Traditional Missouri Fiddling (1990) was nominated for two Grammy awards. His monographs and edited books include Buckaroos in Paradise: Cowboy Life in Paradise Valley, Nevada (1981) , Folk Architecture in Little Dixie: A Regional Culture in Missouri (1981) , Missouri Artist Jesse Howard, with a Contemplation on Idiosyncratic Art (1983), The German-American Experience in Missouri (1986), Barns of Missouri: Storehouses of History (2003), Play Me Something Quick and Devilish: Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri (2013), and Fiddler's Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri (2017). The last two titles are part of a trilogy with the University of Missouri Press, with the final volume, Keep It Old-Time: Fiddle Music in Missouri from the 1960s Folk Music Revival to the Present, forthcoming late in 2022.