Alabama Academy of Honor

Milo Barrett Howard, Jr.

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1975, and updated in 2016.

Milo Barrett Howard, Jr., a Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, was born in Montgomery on October 21, 1933.

After growing up in Montgomery and attending the public schools there, he graduated from Auburn in 1955 with an A.B. degree and a familiarity with the Archives Department that he acquired during several summers' work. He spent the next two years as a lieutenant on active duty in the United State Army Reserve. After his discharge, he took a Master of Arts degree at Auburn and entered the Department of Archives and History as a full-time archivist in 1958.

In 1964, he was promoted to the post of Assistant Director, and in 1967, after serving briefly as the acting head of the Department, became the fourth Director in the history of the Archives. Also a member of the academic community, Mr. Howard was an instructor at the University of Alabama in Montgomery from 1964 to 1968 and in 1968 was appointed a research lecturer at Auburn University at Montgomery.

As the director of the Department, he was the editor of the Alabama Historical Quarterly; as a working historian, he was himself the author of articles that have appeared in such periodicals as the Alabama Review, the Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, the Church Historical Magazine, and Louisiana History. In 1965, he published, with Robert Rea, The Memoire Justificatif of the Chevalier Montaut de Monberaut as a part of the University of Alabama's Southern Historical Publications series.

In addition, he was a leading figure in several historical, archival, and library associations. A member of the Alabama Historical Association since his junior year at Auburn, he has served the organization as president, vice president, and treasurer. He was a director of the Alabama Archaeological Society and a member of the Alabama Academy of Science, the Alabama Library Association, the Society of American Archivists, and the Newcomen Society.

When he was not engaged in tracking down the past through documentary evidence, he was involved in historic preservation activities. The chairman of the Alabama Historical Commission since its creation in 1967, he also served as chairman of the State Capitol Preservation Commission, the secretary-treasurer of the Governor's Mansion Advisory Board, and the secretary of the Montgomery Landmarks Foundation. In addition, he was a member of the Montgomery Historical Development Commission and the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission; in 1969, he served on the Alabama Sesquicentennial Commission.

A frequent speaker at gatherings throughout the state, Mr. Howard also served on the Alabama Committee for the Humanities and Public Policy and the Humanities Advisory Board at Auburn, of which he was the chairman. And on the Montgomery scene, he was a familiar figure as a former director of the Rotary Club and the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award given by the Montgomery Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1967.

A member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery, he was a vestryman and a former warder. From 1969 to 1975, he served as the historiographer of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. He is now deceased.