Robert M. Utley

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Robert M. Utley
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Utley at the 2007 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1929-10-31) October 31, 1929 (age 86)
Bauxite, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Historian
Years active 1957 – present
Spouse Melody Webb (1980-present)[1]

Robert Marshall Utley (born October 31, 1929[2]) is an American author and historian who has written sixteen books on the history of the American West. He is a former chief historian for the National Park Service.

The Western History Association annually gives out the Robert M. Utley Book Award for the best book published on the military history of the frontier and western North America (including Mexico and Canada) from prehistory through the 20th century.

Early life and education[edit]

Utley was born on October 31, 1929 in Bauxite, Arkansas. During his childhood, his parents, Don Williams Utley and Valeria Haney, moved him to northwestern Indiana, where he attended high school. Later, he attended nearby Purdue University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in history. He then attended Indiana University for graduate school, receiving a Master of Arts in history in 1952. Following his graduation, Utley served in the U.S. Army, and later worked for the National Park Service.[2]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ Robert M. Utley (2011). "Biographical Information for Robert M. Utley". Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  2. ^ a b Foppes, Ellen K.; Utley, Robert M. (Spring 2002). "Present at the Creation: Robert M. Utley Recalls the Beginnings of the National Historical Preservation Program". The Public Historian 24 (2): 60–82. ISSN 0272-3433. JSTOR 3379522. 

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