Nebraska Authors

Donald J. Gonzales

Born 1917-05-17 Elmwood, NE (USA)

Died 1996-01-24
Williamsburg, VA (USA)

Williamsburg, VA (USA)
Cedar Grove Cemetery

Journalist and Author, Gonzales worked with Bess Streeter Aldrich in his youth and was influenced by her writing. He became a White House Correspondent and worked closely with the Rockefeller family though his work at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Places Lived

Elmwood, NE
Lincoln, NE
Washington, D.C.
Williamsburg, VA
Interlochen, MI

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Journalism


Bess Streeter Aldrich scholar; Elmwood, NE; Journalism; Politics; The Rockefeller Family


Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, 1939, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Graduate Studies in Journalism, 1948-49, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Vice President for Public Affairs, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Places Worked

Nebraska State Journal
United Press Corespondent covering the White House and State Department, Washington, D.C.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA


Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, 1948
Won the National Headliner Award for Outstanding Achievement in Domestic News Reporting, 1958
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Achievement Award, 1976
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, College of William amd Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1979
First Governor's Awards for the Arts, Chairman, 1979


Alpha Sigma Phi, President
Trustee of the Interlochen Center for the Arts
National Board of Directors, Public Relations Society of America
Virginia Commission of the Arts and Humanities
Mariner's Museum, Trustee
National Press Club of Washington, D.C.
Harvard Club of Virginia


History of the Nebraska Daily News-Press, Nebraska City, Nebraska. 1938.
Elmwood: A Village Portrait. 1968.
Travel and the Arts, Twin Assets for Virginia's Future; A Survey of the Opportunity to Forge Closer Ties Between Virginia's Travel and Artistic Resources. 1971.
The Humelsine Years. 1985. (with Bland Blackford and Hugh DeSamper)
The Rockefellers at Williamsburg. 1991.

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