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The Angie Debo Collection: Chronology


by Heather M. Lloyd

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 from the 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 survey of social and economic conditions in full-blood 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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