Nebraska Authors

George E. Hyde

Born 1882-06-10 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 1968-02-04
Omaha, NE

At the age of 16, Hyde lost his hearing and his eyesight was impaired making him both deaf and partially blind. Despite these hindrances, he made himself into one of the great researchers and preservers of the record of Native American life by building a network of native informants and by relentless pursuit of written records. NSHS has a folder on Hyde with some biographical material and correspondence with M. Kivett (MS 724). George Bent, the famous Cheyenne son of William Bent (Bent's fort) and Owl Woman (a Cheyenne chief's daughter) encouraged George Bird Grinnell to use Hyde as his researcher on the Cheyenne. Grinnell came to Omaha in 1912 to recruit Hyde for the work that resulted in Grinnell's book, The Fighting Cheynnes. Hyde's correspondence with George Bent is in the Yale University library.

See also Francis La Flesche

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


History--Midwest Indian; Native Americans--History; Omaha (Tribe); Sioux (Tribe); Pawnee (Tribe); Blackfeet (Tribe)


Attended public schools in Omaha, 1888-98
Privately educated thereafter


George Bird Grinnell visited Omaha in 1912 in order to meet and employ George Hyde to do research for him for three years, the result was Grinnell's book: The Fighting Cheyennes. Much of the information was supplied by Hyde. Hyde began a 12 year correspondence with George Bent, famous Indian Historian. This correspondence is located in Yale Library.


Early Blackfeet and Their Neighbors. 1933.
Rangers and Regulars. 1933.
The Pawnee Indians. 1934.
Red Cloud's Folk: A History of the Oglala Sioux Indians. 1937.
A Sioux Chronicle. 1956.
Indians of the High Plains: From The Prehistoric Period to The Coming of the Europeans. 1959. In HR
Spotted Trial's Folk: A History of the Brule Sioux. 1961.
Indians of the Woodlands: From Prehistoric Times to 1725. 1962.
Corn Among the Indians of the Upper Missouri. 1964. (with George F. Will)
The Life of George Bent: Written from His Letters. 1968.

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