Nebraska Authors

Helen Winter Stauffer

Born 1922 Mitchell, SD (USA)

Stauffer's biography of Mari Sandoz is the most thorough scholarly biography we have. She was able to interview the widest circle of people who knew Sandoz, including, just among the most notable, Virginia Faulkner, Eleanor Hinman, Ron Hull, John Neihardt, Caroline Sandoz Pifer, and Rudolf Umland. Mari Sandoz was the theme for Stauffer's doctoral dissertation. Stauffer performed Chautaqua-style performances of Sandoz (and of Libby Custer) for the Nebraska Humanities Council and willed her Sandoz research and her personal correspondence to UNL. She also wrote on other women writers of the American West.


Places Lived

Grand Island, NE
Kearney, NE
30 towns in South Dakota (before the age of 5)
Kansas City, MO
San Francisco, CA
Denver, CO
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Biography


History; Sandoz scholarship; Western America


Grand Island High School, 1939
Colorado Women's College, Denver, 1941
Bachelor and Master of Arts, Kearney State College
Ph.D, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Professor Emerita of English, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Places Worked

Bell Telephone Company
Donnelly Garment Company
Grand Island High School
Giltner Schools
University of Nebraska, Kearney


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 February 1994
Alumni Roll of Honor, Grand Island High School
KSC Deans Award for Scholarship
Pratt-Hines Award for Scholarship
Mari Sandoz Award from Nebraska Library Association
Outstanding Alumnus, UNK
Outstanding member award, Western Literature Assoc.
Martin Chair in English, UNK


WAVES (Women's Navy)


Mari Sandoz: Story Catcher of the Plains. 1982.
Sandoz, Neihardt and Crazy Horse. 1993. (monograph)
Letters of Mari Sandoz. 1992. (editor)
Women and Western American Literature. 1982. (with Susan J. Rosowski)
Welded Women. 1983. (edited poems of Nancy Westerfield)

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