Dwight L. Smith (ABC-CLIO) Award

The Western History Association announces competition for the annual Dwight L. Smith (ABC-CLIO) Award. This award for $500 ($300 to the author/editor and $200 to the publisher) will be given to an author/editor and the publisher of a significant bibliography or research tool - either a book or other bibliographic/research tool publication, electronic or otherwise - on any aspect of the history of the American West.

Publishers or authors/editors should send nominations and a copy of the work to each member of the award committee listed below.

   2017 Committee

Susan Wladaver-Morgan - Chair

2513 NE Skidmore St.

Portland, OR  97211


Tamsen Hert

Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections, UW Libraries
University of Wyoming
4749 Sunset Drive
Laramie, WY 82070-5734


Adam Arenson
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Miguel Hall 414
Riverdale (Bronx), NY 10471

Dwight L. Smith (1918-2010) After graduating from Indiana Central (the University of Indianapolis) in 1940, Dwight L. Smith went on to receive his PhD in History from Indiana University. Dr. Smith taught at Ohio State from 1949 to 1953. He then taught at Miami University of Ohio until he retired in 1984. Originally focusing on the Old Northwest, Dr. Smith later became an expert on the American West and an early advocate of studying Native American and African American history.

Courtesy of the University of Indianapolis

Past Winners

2016 | Dennis Baird, Diane Mallickan, and W.R. Swagerty for Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Accounts of Nez Perce Life to 1858 (Washington State University Press, 2015).

2014 | Emily Levine for Witness: A Hunkpapha Historian's Strong-Hearted Song of the Lakotas, by Josephine Waggoner (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013). Click here to read more.

2012 | Lisbeth Haas for Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar: Writing Luseño Language and Colonial History c. 1840 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011). Click here to read more.

2010 | Marsha Gallagher and Steve Witte of the Joslyn Art Museum for North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied, Volume 1, May 1832-April 1833, translated by William J. Orr, Paul Schach, and Dieter Karch and published in 2008 by University of Oklahoma Press in cooperation with Durham Center for Western Studies at the Joslyn Art Museum. Click here to read more.

2008 | John W. Reps for John Caspar Wild: Painter and Printmaker of Nineteenth Century Urban America (St. Louis: The Missouri Historical Society Press, 2006). Click here to read more.

2006 | Lynda Claassen and the Mandeville Special Collection Library for The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages at the University of California, San Diego (William Reese Co. & Horden House Ltd.). Click here to read more.

2004 | Vine Deloria, Jr., Editor and University of Oklahoma Press for The Indian Reorganization Act: Congresses and Bills (2002). Click here to read more.

2002 | Alice Cornell, Editor, and University of Cincinnati Digital Press, for James Otto Lewis‘ The Aboriginal Portfolio: The Complete Edition (2001)

2000 | Rolena Adorno and Patrick Charles Pautz for Álvar Núnez Cabeza de Vaca: His Account, His Life, and the expedition of Panfilo de Narvaez (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999). Click here to read more.

1998 | Diana Hadley, Thomas H. Naylor, Mardith K. Schuetz-Miller for The Presidio and Militia on the Northern Frontier of New Spain: A Documentary History, Volume Two, Part Two: The Central Corridor and Texas Corridor, 1700-1765 (Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 1997). Click here to read more.

1996 | David J. Whittaker, ed., Mormon Americana: A Guide to Sources and Collections in the United States (BYU Studies, 1995). Click here to read more.

1994 | Robert A. Clark and Patrick J. Brunet, eds. for The Arthur H. Clark Company: A Bibliography and History, 1902- 1992 (Spokane: Arthur H. Clark, 1993)

1992 | Donald L. DeWitt for American Indian Resource Materials in the Western History Collections (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990)

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