Russell Edmunds

University Retirees - Arts And Humanities
russell.edmunds@utdallas.edu
972.883.2776
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - American History
University of Oklahoma - 1972
M.A. - History/Social Science
Illinois State University - 1966
B.A. - Chemistry/Pre-Law
Millikin University - 1961

Publications

Native People of Mexico. R. David Edmunds, Native American Voices: A Reader. Edited by Susan Lobo, Steve Talbot, and Traci L. Morris. Boston: Prentice-Hall (2010), 42-46. 2010 - Publication
Peoples' Lives: Some Thoughts on Composite Characters and Native American Biography. R. David Edmunds. Journal of the West. Accepted for publication, 2010. 2010 - Publication
A People of Persistence. R. David Edmunds, Enduring Nations: Essays on the History of Native Americans in the Great Lakes Region. Edited by R. David Edmunds. Urbana: University of Illinois Press (2008), 1-11. 2008 - Publication
Enduring Nations: Essays on the History of Native Americans in the Great Lakes Region. R. David Edmunds. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008. 2008 - Publication
Treaties: The Northeast and Great Lakes. R. David Edmunds, Treaties With American Indians. Edited by Donald Fixico. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio Press (2008), 243-249. 2008 - Publication
The Nez Perce Flight for Justice. R. David Edmunds. American Heritage. Vol. 58 (2008), 36-39. 2008 - Publication
This Much Admired Man': Isaac Glikhikan, Moravian Delaware. R. David Edmunds, Ethnographies and Exchange: Native Americans, Moravians, and Catholics in Early North America. Edited by A. G. Roeber. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press (2008), 1-16. 2008 - Publication
Moving With the Seasons, Not Fixed in Stone:' The Evolution of Native American Identity. R. David Edmunds, Reflections on American Indian History: Honoring the Past, Building a Future. Edited by Albert L. Hurtado. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press (2008), 32-57. 2008 - Publication
Blazing Trails or Burning Bridges?: Native American History Comes of Age. R. David Edmunds. Western History Quarterly. Vol. 39 (2008), 3-18. 2008 - Publication
Starving Rocks and Dancing Mascots. R. David Edmunds. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. Vol. 100 (2007), 233-239. 2007 - Publication

Appointments

Acting Director
Newberry Library [1990–1991]
Prof. of History
Indiana University [1989–1998]
Watson Prof. of American History
University of Texas at Dallas [1988–Present]
Asst. Prof., Assoc. Prof., Prof. of History
Texas Christian Univ [1975–1989]
Asst. Prof. of History
Univ. of Wyoming [1971–1974]
Social Science Teacher
Bloomington High School [1961–1967]

Projects

RETHINKING AMERICAN HISTORY: BUILDING A NATIVE AMERICAN BASE.
2009–2009 R. David Edmunds. A formal paper presented at Guardians of Knowledge ¨C Guardians of the Past: An American Indian History Symposium, Sacramento, CA, March, 2009.
KIALA AND MESKWAKI PERSEVERANCE.
2008–2008 R. David Edmunds. A formal paper delivered at Survival, Adaptation, Cultural Persistence: A symposium on Meskwaki History, Culture, and Language, Tama, IA, April, 2008
LOST IN THE NOMENCLATURE: THE SANDUSKY CAYUGAS, 1775-1852.
2006–2006 R. David Edmunds. A formal paper presented at A Conference on Indian Removal in Ohio, Defiance, Ohio, May, 2006.
AS PARIS IS TO FASHION: THE D'ARCY MCNICKLE CENTER AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY.
2004–2004 R. David Edmunds. A formal paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory, Chicago, IL, November 2004.
HOCKEY, HAMS AND HELICOPTERS: BLACK HAWK IN MONUMENT AND MEMORY.
2007–2007 R. David Edmunds. A formal paper presented at the Mid-Winter Symposium of the Illinois State Historical Society, Bloomington, Illinois, February, 2007.

Additional Information

Personal Statement

R. David Edmunds is a historian of Native American people and the American West. The author or editor of ten books and over one hundred essays, articles, and other shorter publications, Edmunds' major works have been awarded the Francis Parkman Prize (The Potawatomis: Keepers Of The Fire, 1978); the Ohioana Prize for Biography (The Shawnee Prophet , 1983); and the Alfred Heggoy Prize of the French Colonial Historical Society (The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge To New France, 1993). Edmunds has written extensively upon Native American-White relations in the 18th and 19th centuries, and has served as a consultant in the production of over a dozen films or documentaries produced for PBS, the History Channel and commercial television. Edmunds has held advisory positions with numerous museums and federal agencies, and has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution, The Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ACT and LSAT testing services and The Newberry Library. During 1990-91 he served as the Acting Director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library. He has taught at the University of Wyoming, Texas Christian University, The University of California at Berkeley, U.C.L.A. and Indiana University. 

Edmunds is the past-president of both the American Society of Ethnohistory (2002-03) and the Western History Association (2006-07). In 1998, he received the Award of Merit from the American Indian Historians Association, and in 2007 he received the Jeff Dykes Award for contributions to Western History from Westerners International. Edmunds serves as a "Distinguished Lecturer" for the Organization of American Historians. His current research focuses upon the history of Native American identity, Native Americans on the Great Plains and Native American biography. He is the co-author of The People: A History of Native America (Houghton-Mifflin, May 2006). 

Professional Memberships
  • Western History Association – 1967-present.
  • Organization of American Historians – 1971-2010
  • American Society for Ethnohistory – 1975-present
  • American Indian Historians Association – 1980-present
  • Texas Institute of Letters – 2006 – present
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association – 2008-present
Service (limited to the last six years)

2004

  • UTD – Arts and Humanities – SFDA Awards Committee; American History Search Committee.
  • UTD – University – McDermott Scholars Faculty – interviewed prospective students External to UTD – I served as the president of the American Society for Ethnohistory. I served as chairperson for the national convention, presided at meetings and banquets, and social events. I also served as the Chairperson of National Nominating Committee for this organization, a task which entailed securing candidates of organizational offices.
  • External to UTD – I served as a consultant to two documentary film producers (the History Channel and PBS/The American Experience). In addition I served as a consultant to "Transforming America" the most widely broadcast history telecourse on American history in the world. Interestingly enough, this course is produced at Richland Community College.
  • External to UTD – In April 2004 I served as the outside "evaluator" or "referee" in evaluating the Departments of History and American Studies at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. This was part of NOSU's Southern Association accreditation process.
  • External to UTD – I served on the Native American Advisory Board for the Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art in Indianapolis and as an advisor to Mississippi River Museum, in Davenport, Iowa. I also served as a consultant to the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and to Region 2 of the Department of Education, State of Nebraska.

2005

  • UTD – Arts and Humanities – Executive Committee; Associate Dean Search Committee; Latin American Search Committee; Personnel Committee; Committee on Effective Teaching.
  • UTD – University – McDermott Scholars Faculty – interviewed prospective students; Faculty Mentoring Committee.
  • External to UTD - I served as a consultant to the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma in their land claims case against the State of New York.
  • External to UTD – I served as a consultant to three documentary film producers: the History Channel, PBS/The American Experience, and PBS/Oregon Education. I also continued to serve as a consultant to the producers of "Transforming America" the history telecourse produced here in Dallas.
  • External to UTD – I taught a week-long institute on "Teaching American History" for the Department of Education at the University of Wisconsin and Green Bay. I also conducted a two day institute for teachers in eastern Nebraska.
  • External to UTD – I continued to serve on the Native American Advisory Board at the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, and as an adviser to the Mississippi river Museum, in Dubuque, Iowa.

2006

  • UTD – Arts and Humanities – Executive Committee; Graduate School Task force; Latin American Search Committee; Committee on Effective Teaching; Historical Track Class Scheduling Coordinator.
  • UTD – University – McDermott Scholars Faculty – interviewed prospective students; Faculty Mentoring Committee.
  • External to UTD – I was elected President of the Western History Association for 2006-2007, which entailed considerable service to the organization during that period. I presided at the national convention, chaired sessions, organized association activities, and planned future meetings. I also chaired the Award of Merit Committee for this organization.
  • External to UTD – In March, 2006 I served as a judge for the Ford Foundation Minority Post-Doctoral and Graduate Fellowship Fellowship Awards. This entailed three days work in Washington. In June and July I escorted twenty five teachers from Nebraska on a tour of Native American historical sites in the Great Lakes Region.
  • External to UTD – I continued to serve as a consultant to the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma in land claim issues. I also continued to serve as an adviser to PBS/The American Experience on "We Shall Remain," a TV series focusing upon Native American History; and to the "Transforming America" telecourse series.
  • Eternal to UTD – I continued to serve on the Native American Advisory Board of the Eiteljorg Museum, in Indianapolis, and in August 2006 I flew to Chicago to serve as an advisor to the Center for the History of the American Indian in their construction of a new website focusing upon Native Americans in the Midwest.

2007

  • UTD – Arts and Humanities – Executive Committee; Graduate School Task force; American History Search Committee; Adrienne McLean Tenure and Promotion Review Committee.
  • UTD – University – McDermott Scholars Faculty – interviewed prospective students. External to UTD – I continued to serve as the president of the Western History Association (see above). I also continued to serve on the WHA's Award of Merit Committee., and upon the WHA National Council. I also served on the Executive Council of the American Society for Ethnohistory.
  • External to UTD – In September, 2007, I served as a judge/reviewer for the NEH Archival Review program in Washington. I also continued to serve on the Native American Advisory Board of the Eiteljorg Museum, in Indianapolis; and as an adviser to the Center for the History of American Indians' Website, at the Newberry Library, in Chicago.
  • External to UTD – I continued to serve on editorial boards for the University of Nebraska Press, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. I also served as a judge of the Western Writers of America's Silver Spur Award for western biography.
  • External to UTD – I served as the outside "referee" in tenure and promotion cases at Augustana College, the University of New Mexico, and Arizona State University.
  • External to UTD – I continued to serve as a consultant/adviser to PBS/The American Experience on the Native American film project, and to the History Channel on a film biography of Kit Carson.
  • External to UTD - I served as an adviser and historical consultant to the Saginaw Chippewas in the defense of their reservation against land claims by state and local governments in the state of Michigan.

2008

  • UTD – Arts and Humanities – American History Search Committee; Michelle Nickerson Third Year Review Committee (chair).
  • UTD – University – EPPS tenure and promotion case (outside reviewer); EPPS Accreditation Evaluation Committee; McDermott Scholars Faculty – interviewed prospective students. External to UTD – I continued to serve on the National Council of the Western History Association; on the advisory board for the Native American Website at the Newberry Library in Chicago; on the Native American Advisory Board for the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis; and as a judge for Silver Spur Award in Western biography, awarded by the Western Writers of America.
  • External to UTD – I continued to serve on the editorial boards of the University of Nebraska Press and the American Indian Research and Culture Journal. I also continued to serve as an adviser to PBS/The American Experience for their "We Shall Remain" series focusing upon Native Americans in American history.
  • External to UTD – I continued to serve as a historical adviser/consultant to the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and to the U.S. Dept. of Justice in defense of this tribes' reservation in Michigan.
  • External to UTD – I served as the outside "referee" in tenure and promotion cases at Oregon State University, Syracuse University; and the University of California at Davis.

2009

  • UTD – Arts and Humanities – Graduate Committee; Monika Rankin 3rd year Review Committee; Pamela Gossin 3rd Year Review Committee.
  • UTD – University – UTD Diversity Committee.
  • External to UTD – I continued to serve on the National Council of the Western History Association, and I have been appointed to serve on the 50 Year Long Range Planning Committee for this organization.
  • External to UTD – I continue to serve on the Native American Advisory Board for the Eiteljorg Museum, in Indianapolis; the Advisory Board for the Native American website at the Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library, in Chicago; and on the editorial boards for both the University of Nebraska Press, and for the American Indian Research and Culture Journal.
  • External to UTD – I have continued to serve as a historical consultant to the Saginaw Chippewa tribal government, and to the U. S. Dept. of Justice in regard to the tribe's attempts to defend their reservation from state and local governments in Michigan. I also have served as a historical adviser/consultant to the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska in their defense of their reservation from local governments in Nebraska.
  • External to UTD – I continued to serve as an adviser to PBS/The American Experience in the production of their film series "We Shall Remain," and in March I arranged for the premier of the series episode on the Trail of Tears to be presented on campus at UTD. I also served as an adviser/consultant to "The Shawnee Dance," a film under production by the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa. Footage for this film was shot in the living room of my home.

2010

  • UTD – Arts and Humanities – Graduate Committee; Executive Committee; Natalie Ring Promotion and Tenure Committee, chair.
  • UTD – University – UTD Diversity Committee
  • External to UTD – I continue to serve on the Western History Association's 50 Year Long Range Planning Committee; on the Advisory Board for the Native American website at the Center for the History of the American Indian, at the Newberry Library, in Chicago; and on the Native American Advisory Board for the Eiteljorg Museum, in Indianapolis.
  • External to UTD – I continue to serve on the editorial boards of the University of Nebraska Press, and the American Indian Research and Culture Journal.
  • External to UTD – In August, 2010 I served as an adviser to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the production of their radio series entitled "A History of the World: 100 Objects." I continue to serve as a historical consultant/adviser to both the Saginaw Chippewas and the U. S. Dept. of Justice in defense of this tribe's reservation from land claims made by state and local governments in Michigan. I also continue to serve as an adviser to the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska in defense of their reservation from claims by local county and city governments in that state.

News Articles

A Conversation With Dr. R. David Edmunds
We sat down for A Conversation With ... Dr. R. David Edmunds, the Anne and Chester Watson Chair in History in the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities.Edmunds is an expert on American Western history, Native American History, and the Potawatomi, Shawnee and Great Lakes Tribes. He was a content and historical adviser to PBS’ American Experience program for the five-part series “We Shall Remain.” PBS describes the series as a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. The five episodes were “After the Mayflower,” “Tecumseh’s Vision,” “Trail of Tears,” “Geronimo,” and “Wounded Knee.” Dr. Edmunds earned the distinguished Francis Parkman Prize recognizing outstanding nonfiction historical writing and has written or edited nearly a dozen books, including The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire. He has been recognized with awards or fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Newberry Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in addition to winning five teaching awards from four separate universities.
Prof to Discuss Court Battles for Native Americans
McDermott Library will present “Briefcase Warriors: New Battles in the Courtroom,” in which Dr. R. David Edmunds will discuss his work in support of Native American claims against the government. The address is at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410) and is part of the library’s lecture series. Dr. Edmunds holds the Anne and Chester Watson Chair in History in the School of Arts and Humanities. He has won awards for his books The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire, The Shawnee Prophet, and The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France. He was honored last year in the McDermott Library co-sponsored faculty author reception for his book The People: A History of Native America.