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O. Winther Award Winners
M. Fireman Award
Bert M. Fireman (1913-1980)
was, by choice and vocation, an Arizonan. Fireman worked as an AP
and UP journalist after finishing his BA at Arizona State University
in 1936. For thirteen years he wrote a daily column for the Phoenix
Gazette titled “Under the Sun.” In the 1950s he
narrated a local radio program “Arizona Crossroads”
on the state’s history, and organized the Arizona Historical
Foundation. Fireman was one of the moving forces in exploring and
promoting Arizona history and western history. He traveled extensively
and wrote for both popular and scholarly audiences in venues like
Arizona Highways, Arizona and the West, The Historian,
and The American West. He believed in accessible, readable
history that would involve the broader public. With Madeline Paré,
he authored two Arizona history texts, and was completing a third
“informal history,” published posthumously in 1982 as
Arizona: Historic Land.
“My father, whose struggles, energies, and dedication to and
absolute delight in learning, inspired us,” writes his daughter
Janet R. Fireman, Editor of California History and a member
of the History Department at Loyola Marymount University. "Our
thinking was to continue, in some way, one of my father's enormous
pleasures: imparting keen interest and sharing his devotion to intellectual
honesty with his students, with researchers and others—or
perhaps infecting them with his avid curiosity and biting hunger
for history. During the last thirteen years of his life at ASU,
he held forth in large classes as a lecturer in Arizona history
and as curator of the Arizona Collection in Hayden Library, as well
as executive vice president of the Arizona Historical Foundation.
After his death, we thought that supporting an award that might
stimulate student research, writing, and achievement in Western
history would honor his memory by perpetuating his passion,”
(email correspondence, 1 July 2004).
by the Western History Association Council at the 1982 WHA Conference
in Phoenix, Arizona, the Bert M. Fireman Award recognizes the best
student article published in the Western Historical Quarterly
each year, as judged by the editors of the WHQ. The award is generously
supported by the Fireman family.
A memorial for Bert Fireman appeared in the Summer 1980 issue of
the Journal of San Diego History, http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/80summer/memoriam.htm,
and the Journal of Arizona History published an autobiographical
essay in its Spring 1982 issue. Janet R. Fireman’s WHA presidential
address, “The Latitudes of Home: A Particular Place in Western
History,” WHQ 30 no.1 (Spring 1999): 5-23, includes
recollections of her father.
Miles Powell, "Divided Waters: Heiltsuk Spatial Management
of Herring Fisheries and the Politics of Native Sovereignty,"
Winter 2012, 463-84.
H. Reinhardt, "Drowned Towns in the Cold War West: Small Communities
and Federal Water Projects," Summer 2011, 149--172.
Holmes, "The Economic Roots of Reaganism: Corporate Conservatives,
Political Economy, and the United Farm Workers Movement, 1965-1970,"
Spring 2010, 55--80.
Alexander I. Olson, "Heritage Schemes: The Curtis Brothers
and the Indian Moment of Northwest Boosterism," Summer 2009,
Janne Lahti, “Colonized Labor: Apaches and Pawnees as Army
Workers,” Autumn 2008, 283--302.
Gretchen Heefner, “Missiles and Memory: Dismantling South
Dakota’s Cold War,” Summer 2007, 181-203.
Roxanne Willis, "A New Game in the North: Alaska Native Reindeer
Herding, 1890-1940," Autumn 2006, 277-301.
Nicolas G. Rosenthal, "Representing Indians: Native American
Actor on Hollywood's Frontier," Autumn 2005, 329-352.
James Feldman, "The View from Sand Island: Reconsidering the
Perhipheral Economy, 1880-1940," Autumn 2004, 285-307.
Matthew C. Whitaker, “‘Creative Conflict’: Lincoln
and Eleanor Ragsdale, Collaboration, and Community Activism in Phoenix,
1953-1965,” Summer 2003, 165-190.
2002: Daniel M. Cobb, “‘Us Indians
Understand the Basics’: Oklahoma Indians and the Politics
of Community Action, 1964-1970,” Spring 2002, 41-66.
Helen McLure, “The Wild, Wild Web: The Mythic American West
and the Electronic Frontier,” Winter 2000, 457-76.
Adam M. Sowards, “Administrative Trials, Environmental Consequences,
and the Use of History in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest,
1926-1996,” Summer 2000, 189-214.
Pekka Hämäläinen, “The Western Comanche Trade
Center: Rethinking the Plains Indian Trade System,” Winter
Elliott Young, “Red Men, Princess Pocohontas, and George Washington:
Harmonizing Race Relations in Laredo at the Turn of the Century,”
Spring 1998, 49-85.
Andrew H. Fisher, “The 1932 Handshake Agreement: Yakama Indian
Treaty Rights and Forest Service Policy in the Pacific Northwest,”
Summer 1997, 187-217.
1996: Brad Asher, “‘Their Own Domestic
Difficulties’: Intra-Indian Crime and White Law in Western
Washington Territory, 1873-1889,” Summer 1996, 189-209.
Alexandra Harmon, “Lines in the Sand: Shifting Boundaries
between Indians and Non-Indians in the Puget Sound Region,”
Winter 1995, 429-53.
Christina Klein, “‘Everything of interest in the late
Pine Ridge War are held by us for sale’: Popular Culture and
Wounded Knee,” Spring 1994, 45-68.
Gunther Peck, “Padrones and Protest: ‘Old’ Radicals
and ‘New’ Immigrants in Bingham, Utah, 1905-1912,”
May 1993, 157-78.
David W. Stowe, “Jazz in the West: Cultural Frontier and Region
During the Swing Era,” February 1992, 52-73.
Robert R. Treviño, “Prensa y Patria: The Spanish-Language
Press and the Biculturation of the Tejano Middle Class, 1920-1940,”
November 1991, 451-72.
Kevin Allen Leonard, “‘Is That What We Fought For?’
Japanese Americans and Racism in California, The Impact of World
War II,” November 1990, 463-82.
Charles E. Rankin, “Teaching Opportunity and Limitation for
Wyoming Women,” May 1990, 147-70.
William F. Deverell, “To Loosen the Safety Valve: Eastern
Workers and Western Lands,” August 1988, 269-85.
Kenneth J. Bindas, “Western Mystic: Bob Nolan and His Songs,”
October 1986, 439-56.
Joseph B. Herring, “Tragedy on the Osage,” April 1986,
David Rich Lewis, “Argonauts and the Overland Trail Experience:
Method and Theory,” July 1985, 285-305.
Douglas R. Littlefield, “Water Rights During the California
Gold Rush: Conflicts Over Economic Points of View,” October