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The Angie Debo Collection: Chronology


Chronology by Heather M. Lloyd

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1890   January 30.  Born near Beattie, Kansas, to Edward P. Debo and Lina E. Cooper Debo

1899    November.  Moved to Marshall, Oklahoma Territory

1902   Received common school diploma

1906   Attended one year of high school

1907-1910  Obtained teacher's certificate and Taught in rural schools near Marshall, OK.

1913   Graduated from Marshall High School

1913-1915  Taught in rural schools near Marshall, OK.

1915-1918  Student at the University of Oklahoma, Norman

1918  Received bachelor's degree

1918-1919   Principal, Village School, North Enid, OK

1919-1923  Taught history at Senior High School, Enid, OK.

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1920 Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society

1923  Received Community Service Certificate, Enid, OK.

1923-1924   Student at the University of Chicago

1924    Received master's degree

1924-1933    Member of the history department, West Texas State Teachers College, Canyon, TX, Taught in a high school associated with the college, Studied toward doctorate at the University of Oklahoma and worked on her dissertation

1924    Publication of Debo's master's thesis, co-authored with J. Fred Rippy, The Historical Background of the American Policy of Isolation

1927    Inducted into Pi Gamma Mu, national social science honor society

1931    Death of Edwin Debo, her brother

1933    Received doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma Dissertation entitled History of the Choctaw Nation: From the Close of the Civil War to the End of the Tribal Period

1933 - 1934    Curator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, West Texas State Teachers College, Canyon, TX.

1934    Publication of Debo's doctoral dissertation as The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic, Began career as a freelance writer, Moved back to Marshall, OK.

1934-1936    Conducted research and completed manuscript for And Still the Waters Run, funded in part by a grant from the Social Science Research Council

1935    The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic was awarded the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association, Taught summer school at Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College, Nacogdoches, TX.

1937-1939    Researched and wrote The Road To Disappearance, funded in part by a grant fromthe Social Science Research Council

1937    Participated in editing and conducting interviews for the WPA Indian-Pioneer History Project which resulted in the Indian Pioneer Papers

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1940-1941    Supervised the Federal Writers Project in Oklahoma

1940    Publication of And Still the Waters Run after some revisions made to manuscript

1941    Publication of The Road to Disappearance, Publication of Oklahoma: A Guide to the Sooner, a product of the Federal Writers Project in Oklahoma

1942    Named state's "Outstanding Woman" by Theta Sigma Phi, honorary professional journalism fraternity for women, Oklahoma City chapter, Alfred A. Knopf History fellow

1943    Publication of Tulsa: From Creek Town to Oil Capital

1944    Publication of Prairie City, the Story of an American Community, her only work of fiction, based on the history of Marshall and nearby towns, Death of Edward P. Debo, her father, Licensed as a local preacher for the United Methodist Church in Marshall

1946    Taught summer school at Oklahoma A&M College

1946-1947    Rockefeller Fellow, University of Oklahoma

1947-1955    Served on the faculty of the Oklahoma A&M College Library, as curator of maps

1949    Publication of Oklahoma, Foot-loose and Fancy-free, funded in part by the Rockefeller Fellowship, Conducted surveyof social and economic conditions in fullblood settlements of the Five Civilized Tribes, for the Indian Rights Association

1950    Inducted into the Oklahoma Memorial Association's Oklahoma Hall of Fame

1951    Publication of The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma: Report on Social and Economic Conditions

1952-1954    Wrote a column entitled "This Week in Oklahoma History" for the Oklahoma City Times

1952    Inducted into Gamma Theta Upsilon, national professional geographic fraternity, Initiated into Delta Kappa Gamma, national honor society for women teachers

1952-1961    Book reviewer for the New York Times

1953    Publication of Oliver Nelson's The Cowman's Southwest, edited by Debo, Member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society

1954    Death of Lina Debo, her mother

1956-1966    Member, Board of Directors, Association on American Indian Affairs

1956    Conducted a survey of the Relocation Policy as it affected Oklahoma Indians, for the Association on American Indian Affairs

1957-1958    Taught Oklahoma history at Oklahoma State University

1958-1959    Edited Oklahoma Indian Newsletter

1958    Angie Debo Recognition Day, Marshall, OK., Traveled to Europe and the U.S.S.R., with European Seminar of the Council for Christian Social Action

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1960    Attended a summer seminar in Mexico

1961    Awarded honorary life membership in the Oklahoma Historical Society

1962    Publication of Horatio B. Cushman's History of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Natchez Indians, edited by Debo, Awarded a certificate of contribution to Oklahoma City by the Soroptimist Club of Oklahoma City, Traveled to Canada

1963    Traveled to England

1965    Taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

1966    Traveled to Africa

1969-1975    Lobbied for land rights of Alaska Natives

1969    Prairie City Days, Marshall, OK. (annual celebration), Traveled to Alaska

1970    Publication of A History of the Indians of the United States, Received an "Okie" certificate from the State of Oklahoma, Received a tribute from the Oklahoma State Federation of Women's Clubs

1971    Received the award for best non-fiction from the Oklahoma Writer's Federation

1972    Honored by Navajo Community College, Tsaile, AZ

1973-1975    Lobbied for water rights for Havasupai Indians in Arizona

1973-1976    Member, Board of Directors, Oklahoma Chapter of ACLU

1973    Invited to participate in L.S. Ayers Tribute to the American Indian, Indianapolis, IN Received Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Heritage Association

1974    Awarded honorary life membership, Oklahoma Writers Federation

1975-1976    Lobbied for water rights for Pima Indians, Arizona

1975    Appointed member of the Oklahoma Bicentennial Commission

1976    Publication of Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place, Angie Debo Day was declared in Canyon, TX, Received the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award, Oklahoma State University,Received the Pride of the Plainsmen Award from Enid (OK) High School, Received the Bicentennial Medal from the Oklahoma Library Association

1977    Selected by the Border Regional Library Association (El Paso, TX) to receive its Southwest Book Award for Biography, for Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place

1978    Received Honorary Doctor of Letters from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, Received the Newsmaker Award from the Tulsa Chapter of Women in Communications, Received the Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Association of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place, Received Southwestern Library Association's 1978 Book Award for Geronimo

1979    Received Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, Awarded an honorary degree from Phillips University, Enid, OK

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1980    Reception held in Debo's honor, Oklahoma State University

1981-1985    Was interviewed for an oral history project by Gloria Valencia-Weber and Glenna Matthews, Oklahoma State University faculty

1981    Received the Award of Merit from the Western History Association

1982-1986    Filming and interviewing by Institute for Research in History to prepare documentary for American Experience Series

1982    History Department, Oklahoma State University, established the "Angie Debo Award for Oklahoma History", Received honorary life membership from the Payne County, OK, Historical Society

1983    Inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Hereford, TX, Received the Distinguished Service Citation of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association

1984    Inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame by the Oklahoma Governor's Advisory Commission on the Status of Women

1985    Designated as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the Cherokee Nation, Received Certificate of Recognition from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Honored by the State of Oklahoma by having portrait hung in the Rotunda of the State Capitol

1986    Received the Achievement Award from the American Indian Historians Association

1987    Granted the Award for Scholarly Distinction from the American Historical Association

1988   January 24    Governor Henry L. Bellmon presented the Award for Scholarly Distinction in a special ceremony in Marshall

1988  February 21    Debo passed away; burial in North Cemetery, Marshall, OK

1988  October    Debo was the subject of a PBS television documentary prepared by the Institute on Research in History (New York City) entitled Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo which aired as part of the "American Experience" series

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