Dale, Edward Everett | 1933
- Birth and Death Year | 1879-1972
- Induction Year | 1933
- Profession | Historian
- Oklahoma Connection | Dale grew up in the lands of north Texas and southwestern Oklahoma.
- Hometown | Norman
“Edward Everett Dale is more than a university professor who writes books. He is at once an old-timer, an institution and a prophecy, the incarnation of the spirit of Oklahoma…” - Kennett Kaufman
Dr. Dale was a member of the Indian Survey Commission and visited every Indian reservation in the United States.
Oklahoma’s foremost historian, Edward Everett Dale, was raised in old Greer County, (originally in north Texas before it became part of southwestern Oklahoma) and graduated from Central State Teachers College (now the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond in 1909. A history teacher in Greer County and at the Kiowa-Comanche Reservation, Dale received another degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1911, as well as a master’s in 1914 and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1922. Dr. Dale returned to the University of Oklahoma in 1922 as a professor of history and served as chairman of the Department of History from 1924 to 1942 and retired in 1952. He was trustee of the Frank Phillips historical collection and an active member of a number of historical societies.
Dr. Dale authored many outstanding works including History of Oklahoma, Indians of the Southwest, Tales of the Teepee, and his autobiography entitled The West Wind Blows.