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Howard Wight Marshall

Howard Wight Marshall

Professor Emeritus
American Architecture, Material Culture, Historic Preservation
Ph.D., Indiana University

mailing address:
Department of Art History and Archaeology
109 Pickard Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-1420

phone: 573-882-9529
fax: 573-884-5269



  • AHA 1005/1105: Old Buildings in Missouri
  • AHA 142: Traditional Arts in America
  • AHA 264: Traditional Architecture
  • AHA 465: Internship in Historic Preservation


I am currently working on books on vernacular architecture and cultural/historical monuments in Missouri. I am also co-writing, with Osmund Overby, the Missouri volume for the Buildings of the United States series.

Another major project is my ongoing research on historic farm buildings in the central lowlands of Scotland as a visiting fellow in the European Ethnological Research Centre in Edinburgh. I continue to consult with various Missouri agencies on historic preservation projects and to work with the University's Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Historic Preservation. In addition, I enjoy several independent research projects with students from other departments.


Barns of Missouri: Storehouses of History (Rural Missouri, 2004).

Little Dixie; British Isles -- Subregion -- Upper Avon River Valley (Central Scotland); Estate Worker's Housing (Scotland); and other chapters in Paul Oliver (ed.) Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Architecture, Folk. Chapter in Thomas Green (ed.), Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Forms, Methods, and History (New York, Garland, 1997)

Paradise Valley, Nevada: The People and Buildings of an American Place (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1995)

Vernacular Architecture. Chapter in Jan H. Brunvand (ed.) American Folklore: An Encyclopedia (New York and London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995), pp. 41-44

Vernacular Housing and American Culture. Lead chapter in Ruth Brent and Benyamin Schwarz (eds.) American Popular Housing (New York, Greenwood, 1995), pp. 1-38

Vernacular Architecture in Rural and Small Town Missouri: An Introduction (Columbia: University of Missouri Extension Division, 1994)

Milestones and Stumbling Blocks, Continued. Journal of Cultural Geography 15:1 (fall-winter 1994), pp. 45-58

"Now That's a Good Tune:" Masters of Traditional Missouri Fiddling, with A. Skillman, et al. (Columbia, Publications of the University of Missouri Cultural Heritage Center no. 6, 1989). Documentary LP set with 64-page book. Finalist for two Grammy awards.

The German-American Experience in Missouri: Essays in Celebration of the Tricentennial of German Immigration to Ameria, 1683-1983 (chapter; co-editorship with J. Goodrich) (Columbia, Publications of the University of Missouri Cultural Heritage Center no. 2, 1986).

Missouri barn

Missouri barn
from Barns of Missouri: Storehouses of History