Robert M. Utley at a book signing

Publications

of Robert M. Utley


Since retiring from the federal government in 1980, I have devoted myself full time to historical research and writing, consulting, and speaking. Throughout my career, in addition to my position with the National Park Service, I have written 18 books, 14 brochures, 30 introductions or forewords t
o books, more than 80 articles in magazines and professional journals, and uncounted book reviews. Six books have been selections of the Book of the Month Club, nine History Book Club, two Quality Paperback Book Club, and two Military Book Club. They have won numerous awards and prizes, including three Wranglers from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, two Spurs from the Western Writers of America, and the prestigious Caughey Award of the Western History Association. Before retiring, I wrote on my own time, not on the government’s. By contrast, professors are expected to research and write on the university’s time.

Several publications I did write on government time: brochures (called “historical handbooks”) relating to individual parks that I was asked to do in addition to my normal duties. One, for (then) Custer Battlefield National Monument, provoked an internal controversy. The National Park Service publications chief contracted with artist Leonard Baskin to provide the artwork. His drawings, which I considered bizarre, repelled me, both because I believe the illustrations in park publications should be literal and because his portrayal of a slain Custer lying naked on the battlefield was certain to anger my friends in the Custer family. I demanded that my name be removed, but the Park Service Director strong-armed me to relent. I did, on condition that the especially offensive drawing be removed. It was, leaving a blank page. I discovered that in later printings, unknown to me, it found its way back. Fortunately, later versions of the park historical handbook, which I wrote in retirement, returned to more acceptable format.

So eager was I to write that I plunged into it long before I should have.
My first publication - Custer's Last Stand historical handbookDuring the winter of my freshman college year, I crafted a manuscript that purported to describe the Battle of the Little Bighorn and its aftermath. During the next summer, at the battlefield, I met a fellow Hoosier of similar interests. I visited him after returning home, and he agreed to put up the money, $350, for me to publish it as a brochure in 500 copies. It bears the date 1949, when I was 19 years old, and sold for 75 cents at the souvenir shop outside the park (talk about conflict of interest!). Despite its rank amateurism, it eventually earned enough for me to pay off the loan. If you want a copy today, and can find it in a used-book catalogue, be prepared to pay $300 or more.

Although my first real book was Custer and the Great Controversy, a mediocre revision of my master’s
Custer and the Great Controversythesis, I like to call The Last Days of the Sioux Nation my first. It was to be my doctoral The Last Days of the Sioux Nationdissertation when I returned to Indiana University after military service. I did most of the research in the National Archives at night, going straight from the Pentagon still in uniform. Published in 1963 by Yale University Press, the book won many favorable reviews and went through a number of printings. In 1982 the nation’s leading ethnological expert on the Sioux, Raymond DeMallie, wrote a stinging criticism of the book. I didn’t learn about it for several years and then dismissed it. In 2004 Yale published a newly designed edition with a new preface by me. That led me to re-examine DeMallie against the background of my work with him on my biography of Sitting Bull. On nearly every score I judged him right. I did not want to revise the book, so in the preface I admitted my sins and advised the reader of the new interpretations. I added my own confession: even the title was wrong. Wounded Knee did not end the Sioux Nation. The Sioux did what they had always done: adapted. Their population expanded, and they maintain a vibrant culture to this day. I have won many compliments for the nearly unprecedented admission of error in the preface. Despite the flaws, however, the book  remains an engrossing and otherwise accurate publication, of which I am proud.

The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting BullUntil recently I thought that the toughest project I ever took on was a biography of Sitting Bull, The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull. The lance, an offensive weapon, symbolized his offensive years; the shield, a defensive accessory, symbolized his years of defense. By this time, 1989, I had acquired the highest respect for Raymond DeMallie’s work. It not only underpinned my work, but not a sentence appeared in print that he had not approved. It was tough because I sought to strip the layers of legend from Sitting Bull and find a real person. This necessitated steeping myself in his culture as well as Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriotinterpreting his actions in light of his culture, not mine. Fortunately, family members and warriors who rode with him still lived in the 1920s and 1930s, and their memories, preserved in interviews, helped shape the person. Henry Holt & Co. published the book in 1993. I must have succeeded in my objective, for it’s the book that earned me the most royalties. The latest edition, a Henry Holt paperback, appears under the title Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot. I like The Lance and the Shield better.
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I faced the same challenge in working on a biography of Geronimo, published by Yale University Press in October 2012. His culture is amply documented, but in contrast to Sitting Bull almost no evidence shapes the person until he reached his fifties. Moreover, Sitting Bull lived consistently within the bounds of his culture. Geronimo did not. The biography of Geronimo now qualifies as the toughest project I ever took on.

As a young man obsessed with Custer and the 7th Cavalry, I wanted one day to write a comprehensive history of the frontier army. The opportunity arose early in the 1960s, before I was ready, when Macmillan created the “Wars of the United States” series, under the general editorship of Louis Morton of Dartmouth College. He selected me to write the volume on the
fFrontier Regulars:  The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891Frontiersmen in Blue:  The United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865rontier army from the Mexican War to 1890. I reached my word limit by 1865 and urged that I be allowed to do a second volume to cover 1865-90. That would upset Lou Morton’s balance, and he refused. Fortunately, Macmillan’s Peter Ritner had several of the series under contract but none close to finished. Only Russell Weigley’s History of the United States Army had seen print. To keep the series alive Ritner needed another volume, so he overruled Morton. Thus we have two books on the subject, Frontiersmen in Blue (1967) covering the first years and Frontier Regulars (1974) the second. They still remain readable and authoritative and, I am told, still are top rank at the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks PA.

After completing Indian Frontier of the American West in 1984, I sought a fresh subject and
found it in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War of 1876-79. I was certain that this dramatic story would make me a big High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontiername. High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier was published in 1987. It did nothing for my name. So I invested a few more months research in the subject and wrote a Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Lifebiography of one of the war’s main characters. Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life appeared in 1989, a year after publication of a short biography of Custer I had promised. Billy the Kid at once accomplished what High Noon had not. Its sales shot up quickly and remain comfortable more than 20 years later. From that experience I learned a lesson: if one intends to invest years in a subject, pick one with universal name recognition, like Billy the Kid, Sitting Bull, Custer, or Geronimo.

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Bronze Western Heritage Award, The Wrangler
Winner Western Heritage Award
Wrangler for Outstanding Nonfiction

National Cowboy Museum
and Western Heritage Center


 

Winner of the Spur Award - Best Western Nonfiction-Biography
Western Writers of America


Wall Street Journal

Robert Utley peels away the legend to reveal a complex and difficult man whose life began in a world untouched by American civilization and extended into the twentieth century.
Fergus Bordewich             

New York Review of Books

Robert Utley is an accomplished and meticulous historian, with a solid grasp of the history of the American West.
Larry McMurtry             


Utley acknowledges Geronimo’s courage, determination and intelligence. But he takes vigorous issue with the romanticized image of Geronimo as a heroic defender of his homeland, popularized by a genre that includes such titles as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Custer Died for Your Sins. “While Geronimo’s legacy in history is undying,” Utley writes, “he emerges essentially as a not very likable man.
H.W. Brands               


Geronimo is the latest book by Robert Utley, one of the greatest contemporary writers on the American west and author of an acclaimed 1993 biography of the Sioux chief Sitting Bull.
Paul Harris                 


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Books


Utley, Robert M. Custer and the Great Controversy: The Origin and Development of a Custer and the Great Controversy:  Origin and Development of a Legend
Legend
(Los Angeles:  Westernlore Press, 1962, 1980; Lincoln: University of Nebraska
Press, 1998). In print.


Utley, Robert M. The Last Days of the Sioux Nation: Second Edition (New Haven, Conn.:  Yale University Press, 1963; 2nd ed. 2004).  Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History.  Buffalo Award, New York Westerners. In print.

Pratt, Richard Henry. Battlefield & Classroom: Four Decades With the American Indian, 1867-1904, Robert M. Utley (Ed. and annotations) (New Haven, Conn.:  Yale University Press, 1964; Lincoln, Neb.:  University of Nebraska Press, 1987; Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004).

Utley, Robert M. Frontiersmen in Blue: The United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865 (New York:  Macmillan, 1967; Lincoln, Neb.:  University of Nebraska Press, 1981).  History Book Club. In print.

Utley, Robert M. Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891 (New York:  Macmillan, 1973; Bloomington, Ind.:  Indiana University Press, 1977; Lincoln, Neb.:  University of Nebraska Press, 1984; Military Book Club edition, Garden City, N.Y.:  Doubleday, 1974; published in England as Bluecoats and Redskins, London:  Cassell and Co.,
Ltd., 1975).  History Book Club. In print.
The American Heritage History of the Indian Wars

Utley, Robert M. and Wilcomb Washburn. The American Heritage History of the Indian Wars (New York:  American Heritage Publishing Co., 1977).  American Heritage Library Edition, New York:  Houghton-Mifflin Co., 1985.  Published as Guerres Indiennes du Mayflower a Wounded Knee (Paris:  Albin Michel, 1992). Library edition in print. New edition fall 2001.

Barnitz, Albert and Jennie. Life in Custer's Cavalry: Diaries and Letters of Albert and Jennie Barnitz, 1867-1868  Utley, Robert M. (Ed. and annotations) (New Haven, Conn.:  Yale University Press, 1977; University of Nebraska Press, 1987).  History Book Club.  Recommended reading, Book of the Month Club. In print.

Utley, Robert M. The Indian Frontier of the American West,1846-1890 (Histories of the American Frontier Series, Albuquerque:  University of New Mexico Press, 1984; revised edition, 2003, titled The Indian Frontier, 1846-1890).  History Book Club.  Book of the Month Club. In print.

Salvant, J. U. (Paintings) and Robert M. Utley (Text). If These Walls Could Speak: Historic Forts of Texas, (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 1985). OP
Billy the Kid:  A Short and Violent Life
Utley, Robert M. Four Fighters of Lincoln County, Calvin P. Horn Lecture Series of 1985 (Albuquerque:  University of New Mexico Press, 1986). OP

Utley, Robert M. High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier (Albuquerque:  University of New Mexico Press, 1987). Western Heritage Award, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, best nonfiction western of 1987.  History Book Club. In print.

Utley, Robert M.  Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier (Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1988; revised ed., 2001).  Book of the Month Club.  History Book Club. Military Book Club. French edition, 1997. Western Heritage Award, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, best nonfiction western of 1988. In print. Revised edition, with 300 illustrations, Salamander Books of London with University of Oklahoma Press, 2001, titled Custer: Cavalier in Buckskin.

Utley, Robert M. Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1989; London:  I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, 1990).  Also Billy el Niño:  Una vida breve y violenta (Barcelona-Buenos Aires-Mexico City:  Ediciones Paidos, 1991). French edition, 1997.  Also on tape (Frederick, Md.:  Recorded Books, 1990).  History Book Club main Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangersselection September 1989.  Book of the Month Club. In print.

Utley, Robert M. The Lance and the Shield:  The Life and Times of Sitting Bull (New York:  Henry Holt & Co., 1993).  History Book Club main selection.  Book of the Month Club. Paperback edition:  New York:  Ballantine, 1994. Quality Paperback Book Club.  Current edition: Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2008.) Italian edition, Milan, 1994.  French edition, Paris, 1997. English edition, London, 1997. Spur Award, Western Writers of America, for best nonfiction of 1993.  Caughey Prize, Western History Association, for best nonfiction of 1993.  New York Times "Notable Book," 1993.  Books on Tape, 1994. 2008 edition in print.

Utley, Robert M. A Life Wild and Perilous: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1997). History Book Club. Book of the Month Club. Recorded Books, 1998. Paperback, 1998. 2nd ed., Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004 (retitled After Lewis and Clark: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific). In print.

Utley, Robert M. Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers (New York: Geronimo book cover
Oxford University Press, 2002). History Book Club main selection. Book of the Month Club. Paperback ed., 2003. In print.

Utley, Robert M. Custer and Me: A Historian's Memoir (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004.) In print.

Utley, Robert M. Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).

Utley, Robert M. Geronimo (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012).  Winner of a Western Heritage Award, the Wrangler for Outstanding Nonfiction of the National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Center.  Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction-Biography of the Western Writers of America.

Utley, Robert M. (Ed. and annotations)  An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier, Journals and Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, 1864-1890  (University of New Mexico Press, 2014).

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Introductions and Forewords



"Foreword," in Britton Davis, The Truth about Geronimo, ed. M. M. Quaife (2d ed., New Haven, Conn.:  Yale University Press, 1963), v-xix.
Geronimo

"Introduction," in E. S. Godfrey, Custer's Last Campaign (Palo Alto, Calif.:  Lewis Osborne, 1968), 7-12.

"Introduction," in Nelson A. Miles, Personal Recollections and Observations (New York: 
Da Capo Press, 1969), vi-ix.

"Introduction," in Official Record of the Reno Court of Inquiry (Fort Collins, Colo.:  Old Army Press, 1972, 1983). i-iii.

"Introduction," in Oliver O. Howard, My Life and Experiences among our Hostile Indians (New York:  Da Capo Press, 1972), v-xvii.

"Foreword," in Charles G. Colley (comp.), Documents of Southwestern History:  A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Arizona Historical Society (Tucson:  Arizona Historical Society, 1972), ix.

"Foreword," in Edward S. Luce, Keogh, Comanche and Custer (Ashland, Oreg.:  Lewis Osborne, 1974), 11-15.

"Foreword," in Raphael P. Thian (comp.), Notes Illustrating the Military Geography of the United States, 1813-1880 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 1979), vii.

"Introduction," in Richard H. Pratt, The Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pennsylvania (Reprint of 1908 edition, Cumberland County Historical Society, Pa., 1979), 3-8.

"Introduction," in Lynda Lasswell Crist and Mary Seaton Dix, eds., The Papers of Jefferson Davis, Vol. 5: 1853-1855 (Baton Rouge and London:  Louisiana State University Press, 1985), 5-10.

"Foreword," in Brian C. Pohanka (ed.), Nelson A. Miles:  A Documentary Biography of His Military Career, 1861-1903 (Glendale, Calif.:  Arthur H. Clark Co., 1986), 15-16.
Sitting Bull
"Introduction:  The Frontier and the American Military Tradition," in Paul Andrew Hutton (ed.), Soldiers West:  Biographies from the Military Frontier (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1987; Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002), 1-10.

"Foreword," in John S. Gray, Centennial Campaign:  The Sioux War of 1876 (Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1988), vii-ix.


"Foreword," in Maurice Frink with Casey Barthelmess, Photographer on an Army Mule (Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1989), vii-ix.

"Foreword," in William Y. Chalfant, Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers:  The 1857 Expedition and the Battle of Solomon's Fork (Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1989), xiii-xiv.

"Introduction," in James McLaughlin, My Friend the Indian (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1989), vii-xiv.

"Introduction," in Frank McNitt, Navajo Wars:  Military Campaigns, Slave Raids, and Reprisals (Albuquerque:  University of New Mexico Press, 1990), vii-ix.

"Introduction," in Marquis James, The Raven:  A Biography of Sam Houston (New York:  American Past Series, Book of the Month Club, 1990), ix-xv.

"Foreword," in Editors of Time-Life, The Old West (New York:  Prentiss Hall and Time-Life Books, 1990), 6-7.

"Foreword," in John S. Gray, Custer's Last Campaign:  Mitch Boyer and the Little Bighorn Reconstructed  (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1991), ix-xi.

"Foreword," in Edward Tabor Linenthal, Sacred Ground:  Americans and their Battlefields (Urbana and Chicago:  University of Illinois Press, 1991), ix-xi.

"Introduction," in J. H. Kidd, A Cavalryman with Custer:  Custer's Michigan Cavalry Brigade in the Civil War (New York:  Bantam Books, 1991), xi-xvi.

"Introduction," in Frederick Whittaker, A Complete Life of General George A. Custer; Vol. 2, From Appomattox to the Little Big Horn  (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1993), xi-xiv.
Billy the Kid

"Introduction," in Lee Myers, Fort Stanton, New Mexico:  The Military Years, 1885-1896  (Lincoln, N.M.:  Lincoln County Historical Society Publications, 1993) , v-vi .

"Foreword," in Jerry Weddle, Antrim is My Stepfather's Name:  The Boyhood of Billy the Kid   (Tucson:  Arizona Historical Society, 1993), ix-x.


"Foreword," in Elizabeth B. Custer, Following the Guidon (Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1994), iii-vii.

“Preface,” in Two of the U.S. Mounted Rifles, Recollections of Western Texas Descriptive and Narrative, Including an Indian Acampaign, 1852-55, Interspersed with Illustrative Anecdotes, ed. Robert Wooster (Austin: Book Club of Texas, 1995), 7.

“Foreword,” in Horace M. Albright and Marian Albright Schenck, Creating the National Park Service: The Missing Years (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999), xi-xx.

“Preface,” in James P. Ronda, Jefferson’s West: A Journey with Lewis and Clark (Monticello Monograph Series, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2000), 7-9.

“Foreword,” in J. Brett Cruse, Battles of the Red River War: Archeological Perspectives on the Indian Campaign of 1874 (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2008), xv-xvi.


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Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers   Frontiersmen in Blue:  The United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865   Custer: Cavalier in Buckskins   Little Bighorn Battlefield   The American Heritage History of the Indian Wars   Frontier Regulars:  The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891   High Noon in Lincoln:  Violence on the Western Frontier   Life in Custer's Cavalry:  Diaries and Letters of Albert and Jennie Barnitz, 1867-68


Brochures



Utley, Robert M. Custer's Last Stand, with a Narration of Events Preceding and Following (Dayton, Ind., p.p., 1949). OPFirst brochure - Custer's Last Stand, 1949

Utley, Robert M. Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico.  National Park Service Historical Handbook Series (Washington, D.C.:  G.P.O., 1962).  www.wnpa.org.

Utley, Robert M. Fort Davis National Historic Site, Texas.  National Park Service Historical Handbook Series (Washington, D.C.:  G.P.O., 1965).  www.wnpa.org.

Utley, Robert M. and Andrew Ketterson Golden Spike.  National Park Service Historical Handbook Series (Washington, D.C.:  G.P.O., 1969).  www.wnpa.org.

Utley, Robert M. Custer Battlefield.  National Park Service Historical Handbook Series (Washington, D.C.:  G.P.O., 1969; revised edition, 1988).  www.wnpa.org.

Utley, Robert M. A Clash of Cultures:  Fort Bowie and the Chiricahua Apaches.  National Park Service Historical Handbook Series (Washington, D.C.:  G.P.O., 1977). www.wnpa.org.

Utley, Robert M. The Contribution of the Frontier to the American Military Tradition.  Harmon Memorial Lectures in Military History, No. 19 (Colorado Springs, Colo:  U.S. Air Force Academy, 1977).  Also published in James P. Tate (ed.), The American Military on the Frontier:  Proceedings of the Seventh Military History Symposium, USAF Academy, 1976 (Washington, D.C.:  USAF, 1978), 2-14.  Reprinted as introduction to Paul A. Hutton (ed.), Soldiers West:  Biographies from the Military Frontier (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1987), pp. 1-10.

Utley, Robert M. Indian, Soldier, and Settler:  Experiences in the Struggle for the American West (St. Louis:  Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Historical Association, 1979).
Brochure - Fort Scott National Historic Site, Kansas
Utley, Robert M. and Barry Mackintosh The Department of Everything Else:  Highlights of Interior History (Washington, D.C.:  U.S. Department of the Interior, 1988).

Utley, Robert M. Fort Union and the Santa Fe Trail, Southwestern Studies Series No. 89 (El Paso:  Texas Western Press, 1989).

Utley, Robert M. Fort Scott National Historic Site, Kansas (Tucson:  Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, 1991).  www.wnpa.org.

Utley, Robert M. Fort Larned National  Historic Site, Kansas  (Tucson:  Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, 1993). www.wnpa.org.
Brochure - Changing Course: The International Boundary, United States and Mexico, 1848-1963
Utley, Robert M. Changing Course: The International Boundary, United States and Mexico, 1848-1963 (Tucson: Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, 1996).  [1964 report adapted for sale at Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, Texas.] www.wnpa.org.

Utley, Robert M. Eastern National Park and Monument Association: The First Fifty Years, 1947-1997 (Conshohocken, PA: Eastern National Park and Monument Association, 1997).


Books       Intros & Forewards       Brochures       Articles       Television      Top of Page

The Custer Reader   Billy the Kid:  A Short and Violent Life   Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers   The Lance and the Shield:  The Life and Times of Sitting Bull   Encyclopedia of the American West   Creating the National Park Service: The Missing Years   After Lewis and Clark: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific   Custer and the Great Controversy:  Origin and Development of a Legend


Articles



Utley, Robert M. "The Celebrated Peace Policy of General Grant."  North Dakota History 20 (July 1953): 121-42.

Utley, Robert M. "The Custer Battle in the Contemporary Press."  North Dakota History 22 (January-April 1955): 75-88.

Utley, Robert M. "The Legend of the Little Bighorn."  Corral Dust (Potomac Westerners) 1 (June 1956): 9-12, 15-16.

Utley, Robert M. and Norman Maclean. "Edward S. Luce, Commanding General (Retired), Department of the Little Bighorn."  Montana the Magazine of Western History 6 (Summer 1956): 51-55.

Utley, Robert M. "The Battle of the Little Bighorn."  Great Western Indian Fights, by members of the Potomac Westerners (New York:  Doubleday, 1960; 2d ed., Lincoln, Neb.:  University of Nebraska Press, 1967), 235-54.

Utley, Robert M. "Fort Union and the Santa Fe Trail"  New Mexico Historical Review 36 (January 1961): 36-48.

Utley, Robert M. "The Reservation Trader in Navajo History."  El Palacio 68 (Spring 1961): 5-27.

Utley, Robert M. "The Dash to Promontory."  Utah Historical Quarterly 29 (April 1961): 99-117.

Utley, Robert M. "The Bascom Affair:  A Reconstruction."  Arizona and the West 3 (Spring 1961): 59-68.

Utley, Robert M. "The Surrender of Geronimo."  Arizoniana 4 (Spring 1963): 1-9.

Utley, Robert M. “The Past and the Future of Old Fort Bowie.” Arizoniana 5 (Winter 1964): 65-60.Magazine - American West, Winter 1965

Utley, Robert M. "Captain John Pope's Plan of 1853 for the Frontier Defense of New Mexico."  Arizona and the West 5 (Summer 1963): 49-63.

Utley, Robert M. "Kit Carson and the Adobe Walls Campaign."  American West 2 (Winter 1965): 4-11.

Utley, Robert M. "The Range Cattle Industry in the Big Bend of Texas."  Southwestern Historical Quarterly 69 (April 1966): 419-41.

Utley, Robert M. "Pecos Bill on the Texas Frontier."  American West 6 (January 1969): 4-13, 61-62.

Utley, Robert M. "Arizona Vanquished:  Impressions and Reflections Concerning the Quality of Life on a Military Frontier."  American West 6 (November 1969): 16-21.

Utley, Robert M. "Custer:  Hero or Butcher?"  American History Illustrated 5 (February 1971): 4-9, 43-48.

Utley, Robert M. "But for Custer's Sins."  Western Historical Quarterly 2 (October 1971): 357-62. (WHA presidential autobiographical essay.)

Utley, Robert M. "Suicide Fight."  American History Illustrated 6 (December 1971): 41-43.

Utley, Robert M. “Echos of Little Bighorn: Epilogue, Twenty Years Later.” American Heritage 22 (June 1971): 40-44.

Utley, Robert M. "The Trooper."  American History Illustrated 7 (June 1972): 6-17.

Utley, Robert M. "Yellowstone and the National Park Concept, 1872-1972."  In Daniel Tyler, ed., Western American History in the Seventies:  Selected Papers Presented to the First Western History Conference, Colorado State University, August 10-12, 1972 (Fort Collins, Colo., 1972), 7-13.

Utley, Robert M. "General Crook and the Paiutes."  American History Illustrated 8 (July 1973): 38-42.  Excerpt from Frontier Regulars.

Utley, Robert M. "A Chained Dog:  The Indian-Fighting Army.  Military Strategy on the Western Frontier."  American West 10 (July 1973): 18-24, 61.  Excerpt from Frontier Regulars.

Utley, Robert M. "Archeology and the National Register."  Historical Archaelogy 7 (1973): 63-77.

Utley, Robert M. "Collector's Choice:  The Gatlings Custer Left Behind."  American West 11 (March 1974): 24-25.Magazine - American Heritage, December 1974

Utley, Robert M. "Historic Preservation and the Environment."  Colorado Magazine 51 (Winter 1974): 1-12.

Utley, Robert M. "The Ordeal of Plenty Horses."  American Heritage 26 (December 1974): 15-19, 82-86.

Utley, Robert M. “Historic Preservation and the Environment.” Indiana University Arts and Science Review 18 (Winter 1975):  11.

Utley, Robert M. "A Preservation Ideal."  Historical Preservation 28 (April-June 1976): 40-44.

Utley, Robert M. "The Enduring Custer Legend."  American History Illustrated 11 (June 1976): 4-9, 42-49.  Reprinted in Leonard Dinnerstein and Kenneth T. Jackson, eds., American Vistas:  1877 to the Present (3d ed., New York:  Oxford University Press, 1979), 3-16.

Utley, Robert M. "The Frontier Army:  John Ford or Arthur Penn?"  In Indian-White Relations:  A Persistent Paradox, ed. Jane F. Smith and Robert M. Kvasnicka (Washington, D.C.:  Howard University Press, 1976), 113-45.  Papers and Proceedings of the National Archives Conference on Research in the History of Indian-White Relations.

Utley, Robert M. "Good Guys and Bad:  Changing Images of Soldier and Indian."  Periodical (Journal of the Council on Abandoned Military Posts) 8 (Fall 1976): 30-41.  Reprinted as a brochure by Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association, 1978.

Utley, Robert M. and Barry Mackintosh. "Historic Preservation in a Democracy:  The Partnership between Government and the Private Sector in the United States."  Monumentum (Journal of the International Council on Monuments and Sites), 1976: 12-34.

Utley, Robert M. "Campaigning with Custer."  American West 14 (August 1977): 4-9, 58-60.  Excerpt from Life in Custer's Cavalry.

Utley, Robert M. "Beyond Pedagogy:  History Out of School."  Western Historical Quarterly 8 (October 1977): 397-404.

Utley, Robert M. "Portrait for a Western Album [John Lorenzo Hubbell]."  American West 15 (September-October 1978): 10.

Utley, Robert M. "The Presence of the Past:  Fort Bowie."  American West 16 (March-April 1979): 14-15, 55.

Utley, Robert M. "Wounded Knee and Other Dark Images:  The West of Dewey Horn Cloud."  American West 16 (May-June 1979): 5-11.  Excerpt from Indian, Soldier, and Settler.

Utley, Robert M. "The Bluecoats."  American History Illustrated 14 (October 1979): 20-24, 32-34; (November 1979): 32-40.

Utley, Robert M. "Presence of the Past:  Promontory Summit."  American West 17 (March-April 1980): 34-39.

Utley, Robert M. "America's National Parks."  American History Illustrated 17 (March 1982): 12-20.

Utley, Robert M. "The Fall of Santa Fe."  American History Illustrated 18 (September 1983): 40-47.

Utley, Robert M. "Commentary on the Worthless Lands Thesis."  Journal of Forest History 27 (July 1983): 142.

Utley, Robert M. "The Buffalo Soldiers and Victorio."  New Mexico Magazine 62 (March 1984): 47-54.

Utley, Robert M. "War Houses in the Sioux Country:  The Military Occupation of the Lower Yellowstone," Montana the Magazine of Western History 35 (Autumn 1985): 18-25.

Utley, Robert M. "Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War," New Mexico Historical Review 61 (April 1986): 93-120.

Utley, Robert M. "Historical Commentary:  On Digging Up Custer Battlefield," Montana the Magazine of Western History 36 (Spring 1986): 80-82.

Utley, Robert M. "Oliver Otis Howard," New Mexico Historical Review 62 (January 1987): 55-64.

Utley, Robert M. "Nelson A. Miles," in Paul A. Hutton (ed.), Soldiers West:  Biographies from the Military Frontier (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1987), 213-27.
Magazine - The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Autumn 1988
Utley, Robert M. "Who Was Billy the Kid?"  Montana the Magazine of Western History 37 (Summer 1987): 2-11.

Utley, Robert M. "The Military Frontier on the Northern Plains, 1850-1900," in Larry Remele, ed., Fort Buford and the Military Frontier on the Northern Plains, 1850-1900 (Bismarck:  State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1987): 7-21.

Utley, Robert M. "Last Stand."  MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 1 (Autumn 1988): 114-23.

Sellars, Richard W. and Melody Webb, “An Interview with Robert M. Utley on the History of Historic Preservation in the National Park Service, 1947-1980, September 24, 1985 - December 27, 1985,” Southwest Cultural Resource Center Professional Papers No. 26 (1988), 103 pages.

Utley, Robert M. "Crook and Miles:  Fighting and Feuding on the Indian Frontier."  MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 2 (Autumn 1989):  81-91.  (Color porfolio of Remington paintings, 92-99.)  Reprinted in Robert Cowley, ed., Experience of War (New York:  W. W. Norton & Co., 1992),  242-52.

Utley, Robert M. "Billy the Kid Country," American Heritage 42 (April 1991):  65-78.

Utley, Robert M. "La Guerre des Sioux dans l'Ouest Américain," in Philippe Jacquin, Terre Indienne:  Un Peuple Ecrasé, une Culture Retrouvée (Paris:  Autrement, 1991), 46-66.

Utley, Robert M. "Geronimo," MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 4 (Winter 1992):  42-51.
Custer Battlefield
"Whose Shrine Is It?  The Ideological Struggle for Custer Battlefield."  Montana the Magazine of Western History 42 (Winter 1992):  70-74.

Utley, Robert M. "The Little Big Horn," in Paul A. Hutton, ed., The Custer Reader (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1992), 239-56.

Utley, Robert M. "Origins of the Great Sioux War:  The Brown-Anderson Controversy Revisited."  Montana the Magazine of Western History 42 (Autumn 1992):  48-52.

Utley, Robert M. "Sitting Bull."  MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 5 (Summer 1993):  48-59.

Utley, Robert M. "Professor Maclean and General Custer," Montana the Magazine of Western History 43 (Summer 1993):  75-77.

Utley, Robert M. “On the Outlaw Trail: Are Bad Men Worthy of Serious Study?” Wyoming History News 41 (October 1994): 1, 4-5, 8. [Address at annual meeting of Wyoming Historical Society, Riverton, September 10, 1994.]

Utley, Robert M. “Remarks at the Symposium ‘The Way West,’ Lincoln, Nebraska,” Nebraska History 77 (Summer 1996): 62-66.

Utley, Robert M. “An Indian Before Breakfast: Kit Carson Then and Now,” in R. C. Gordon-McCutchan, ed., Kit Carson: Indian Fighter or Indian Killer? (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 1997), 91-98.

Utley, Robert M. “Custer: How Today Historians Rate Him.” American History, November/December 1997: 28.

Utley, Robert M. “George Drouillard: Mountain Man,” in Susan Ware, ed., Forgotten Heroes: Inspiring American Portraits from Our Leading Historians (New York: Free Press for Society of American Historians: 1998), 85-94.

Utley, Robert M. “Forgotten Rangers: Governor Edmund J. Davis’s Frontier Forces, 1870-71,” Ranger Dispatch, Issue No. 1 (September 2000), Online: www.texasranger.org/dispatch/Backissues/Dispatch_Issue_01.pdf

Utley, Robert M. “Custer and Me,” True West 48 (May/June 2001).Front and back of original Texas Ranger badge for Company A

Utley, Robert M. “Los Diablos Tejanos,” MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History Quarterly 14 (Spring 2002): 86-95.

Utley, Robert M. “The Texas Ranger Tradition Established: Jack Hays and Walker Creek,” Montana the Magazine of Western History 52 (Spring 2002): 2-11.

Foppes, Ellen K., “Present at the Creation: Robert M. Utley Recalls the Beginnings of the National Historic Preservation Program,” Public History 24 (Spring 2002): 60-82.

Utley, Robert M. “Texas Ranger Tales,” American Heritage 53 (June/July  2002): 40-47.

Utley, Robert M. “The Bozeman Trail before John Bozeman: A Busy Land,” Montana the Magazine of Western History 53 (Summer 2003): 20-31.

Utley, Robert M. “The West,” in “America Unabridged: The Definitive Guide to the Greatest Books about Our Past,” American Heritage (November-December 2004): 35-38.

Utley, Robert M. “Rangers, Regulars, and Comanches,” MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 17 (Winter 2005): 6-15.

Utley, Robert M. “Images of the Texas Rangers,” in James A. Crutchfield, ed., The Way West: True Stories of the American Frontier (Forge/Western Writers of America, 2005), 257-64.

Utley, Robert M. “The Red River War: Last Uprising in the Texas Panhandle,” MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 20 (Autumn 2007): 74-83.

Utley, Robert M. “Writing the West: History, Geography, and Culture,” in W. C. Jameson, ed., Hot Coffee and Cold Truth: Living and Writing the West (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007), 169-82.

Utley, Robert M. “The Texas Rangers Then and Now,” Heritage 3 (2007): 12-15. (Texas Historical Foundation)

Utley, Robert M. “Peace on Paper, War on the Plains, Wild West 21 (October 2008): 30-37.

Utley, Robert M. “Victorio’s War,” MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 21 (Autumn 2008): 20-29.

Utley, Robert M. “Chiricahua Apache Leaders: A Comparison.” Paul Andrew Hutton, ed., Roundup: Western Writers of America Present Great Stories of the West from Today’s Leading Western Writers (Western Writers of America; Cheyenne: La Frontera Publishing, 2010), 49-61.

Utley, Robert M. “Chiricahua Apache Leaders: A Comparison.” in Paul Andrew Hutton, ed., Roundup: Western Writers of America Present Great Stories of the West from Today’s Leading Western Writers (Western Writers of America; Cheyenne: La Frontera Publishing, 2010), 49-61.
 
Utley, Robert M. “Border Showdown,” MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 23 (Spring 2011): 98-104. (Note: this appears as a bonus selection only in the subscriber issues.)
 
“The Sioux Wars: An Interview with Robert M. Utley,” in Deborah and Jon Lawrence, Violent Encounters: Interviews on Western Massacres (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011), 117-38.


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Robert M. Utley has served as consultant and on-camera commentator for television productions relating to the history of the American West,
including:
TV - The Real West DVD cover
“A.K.A. Billy the Kid” (Coyote Films for Disney Cable, 1989).

“The Real West” (Greystone for A&E Cable, 1992-94).

“The Wild West” (Rattlesnake for Time-Warner, 1992).

“The West” (Insignia for PBS, 1992-95).

“The Way West” (Steeplechase for PBS, 1993-95).

“How the West Was Lost” (Gannett for Discovery Cable, 1991-92, 1994-95)
TV - How the West was Lost

Contract with Telepictures Productions (Time-Warner) to work with Rattlesnake in developing a proposal for a ten-hour documentary production, “The First Americans,” and serve as producer-director if funded, 1993.  Not funded.

“Custer” (Greystone for A&E Cable, 1997).

Two-day consultation with DreamWorks Animation for “Spirit” (1998).

“Mountain Men” (Greystone for History Channel, 1999).


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