Nebraska Authors

David L. Bristow

Born 1968 Des Moines, IA (USA)

David Bristow is a freelance historian who writes books and submits articles for magazines. He has been Managing Editor of Nebraska Life Magazine. More recently, Bristow was Associate Director of Publications with the Nebraska State Historical Society. Bristow is the author of both fiction and nonfiction, with regional historical themes, but says that his audience need not necessarily like history or know Omaha, but should like hearing or reading stories. Bristow is also known for writing about early aviation.

Places Lived

Des Moines, IA
Cedar Falls, IA
Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Other


Fiction; History; Nebraska Subjects; Omaha; Journalism; Children's Books; Essays; Creative Non-Fiction


Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA


Tech Support for an Omaha Telecommunications Company
Mental Health Counselor
Managing Editor of Nebraska Life Magazine
Associate Director, Publications Division, Nebraska State Historical Society

Places Worked

Nebraska Life Magazine
Nebraska State Historical Society
Omaha Telecommunications Company


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 21 March 2002
Nebraska 150 Books honor for A Dirty Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha, 2017
Article "Inkpaduta's Revenge" (Jan/Feb 1999, The Iowan) chosen best historical feature by International Regional Magazine Association


Nebraska History Magazine
Nebraska Life Magazine


A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha. 2000.
To Nebraska in 1857: A Diary of E.F. Beadle. editor, 2000.
Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era. 2010.
Flight to the Top of the World: The Adventures of Walter Wellman. 2018.

Bristow was the featured speaker at the March 2002 Ames Reading Series program:

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