75 Significant Books, Part Six

75thStacked_smallAs the largest and most diversified press between Chicago and California, the University of Nebraska Press is best known for publishing works in Native studies, history, sports, anthropology, geography, American studies, and creative works.

In celebration of the press’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the staff has selected seventy-five of the four thousand books UNP has published since 1941 to represent what is most distinctive and significant about our list. We have included books we originally published under the Nebraska imprint, the Bison Books imprint, the Potomac Books imprint, and the Jewish Publication Society collaborative agreement. When we have selected a book series we have listed the year the first book in the series was published.

Here are the next seven significant books, click here for the previous eight titles.

  1. The American Painting Collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (1988) compiled and edited by Norman A. Geske and Karen O. Janovy. The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery houses one of the most highly regarded collections of twentieth-century American art anywhere, including paintings by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Robert Motherwell, Robert Henri, Grant Wood, Frank Stella, and many more internationally renowned artists. The American Painting Collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery offers for the first time a full description of the collection, now numbering more than one thousand works, that has been nearly a century in the making.
  2. Waterlily (1988) by Ella Cara Deloria.
  3. The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech (1989) by Avital Ronell. This book opens a new field, becoming the first political deconstruction of technology, state terrorism, and schizophrenia. And it offers a fresh reading of the American and European addiction to technology in which the telephone emerges as the crucial figure of this age.
  4. Coyote Stories (1990) by Mourning Dove (Humishuma), edited by Heister Dean Guie. A powerful force and yet the butt of humor, the coyote figure runs through the folklore of many American Indian tribes. He can be held up as a “terrible example” of conduct, a model of what not to do, and yet admired for a careless anarchistic energy that suggests unlimited possibilities. These entertaining, psychologically compelling stories will be welcomed by a wide spectrum of readers.
  5. Eyewitness at Wounded Knee (1991) by Richard E. Jensen, R. Eli Paul, and John E. Carter. This volume brings together and assesses for the first time some 150 photographs that were made before and immediately after the massacre. Present at the scene were two itinerant photographers, George Trager and Clarence Grant Moreledge, whose work has never before been published. Accompanying commentaries focus on both the Indian and military sides of the story.
  6. Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers (1991) by Ralph Moody. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father’s place when it becomes necessary.
  7. Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers (1991) edited by Patricia Cox Crews and Ronald C. Naugle.  The 103 quilts featured here (all drawn from the Nebraska Quilt Project survey) exemplify more than a century and a quarter of quiltmaking, from the territorial period to the 1980s. The descriptions of the patterns, materials, and quiltmaking techniques are rounded out with biographical sketches of the quiltmakers—women, children, and men whose stories are as varied as the quilts they made.

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