Professors Write Entries for Oklahoma Encyclopedia

Five OBU professors recently contributed to the "Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture," published by the Oklahoma History Society, a commemorative volume which contains articles written by leading scholars in the field.

The encyclopedia contains three essays by Dr. Bill Hagen, OBU professor of English; two articles by Dr. Jerry Faught, Dickinson associate professor of religion; three pieces by Dr. Carol Humphrey, professor of history; three entries by Timothy McCollum, assistant professor of anthropology; and five articles by Dr. Bill Mullins, professor emeritus of history.

Dr. Bill Hagen

Dr. Jerry Faught

Hagen's essays are on film images of Oklahoma, the novel Grapes of Wrath, and the film Grapes of Wrath. He also recently presented a paper at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Conference, based on his chapter on silent Westerns in Sooner Cinema (2009).

Faught's articles are biographical sketches of Evan Jones (1788-1872) and John McIntosh (1833-1906). Humphrey's subjects were Freedmen Schools, Francis Falwell Threadgill, and Lola May Smeltzer Scott. McCollum's entries each addressed an American Indian group residing in the state: the Quapaw, the Sac and Fox, and the Western Delaware.

Dr. Carol Humphrey

Timothy McCollum

Dr. Bill Mullins

Mullins' articles featured the Great Depression, Okie Migration, and the Works Progress Administration in Oklahoma, the National Industrial Recovery Act, and Little Dixie included. Mullins also edited the entries on McLoud, Seminole, Sparks, Wanette, and Lincoln, Pottawatomie, and Seminole counties.

Oklahoma became the 46th state in 1907. To commemorate the Centennial of Statehood in 2007, the Oklahoma Historical Society, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, developed the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture to inform and educate citizens, students, historians, and the world at large about the fascinating history of this most unusual state. The online edition is presented by the Oklahoma State University Library Electronic Publishing Center.

The encyclopedia is available online here.