Susan H. Armitage

Washington State University

Susan H. Armitage, Claudius O. and Mary R. Johnson Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University, has been a formative influence on the field of western women's history since the mid-1970s. She co-edited two special issues of Frontiers (1974 & 1983) that stimulated the creation of new oral history archives documenting women's experiences. Armitage's scholarly contributions include a host of essays, including important articles on African American women in the West, and seven books. In 1983 she spearheaded the organization of "The Women's West Conference" that created a framework and a community of scholars that nourished the next generation of scholarship. She has played a major role in guiding the Coalition for Western Women's History over the last 20 years. Both her scholarship and her organizational leadership have insured the multi-cultural focus of western women's history, and expanded it beyond the frontiers of Euro-American settlement. In all her work, Armitage has been a thoughtful and consistent examiner of western history: posing new questions, probing the old ones, and encouraging others to join her in exploring new ground.

Selected Publications:

  • The Politics of Decontrol of Industry: Britain and the United States (London:Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1969).
  • With Elizabeth Jameson, The Women’s West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987).
  • With Christiane Fischer and Ruth Moynihan, So Much To Be Done (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990; second edition, fall 1998).
  • With Helen Bannon, Katherine Morrissey, Vicki Ruiz, Women in the West: A Guide to Manuscript Sources (New York: Garland Press, 1991).
  • With John Faragher, Mari Jo Buhle and Daniel Czitrom, Out of Many (New York: Prentice-Hall, 1993; second edition 1996, third edition 1999, fourth edition 2002).
  • With Elizabeth Jameson, Writing the Range: Race, Class and Culture in the Women’s West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997).
  • With Patricia Hart and Karen Weathermon, eds., Women’s Oral History: The Frontiers Reader (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002)
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