Nebraska Authors

James L. Sellers

Born 1891-06-18 North Platte, NE (USA)

Died 1966-02-16
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Long-time History Professor at the University of Nebraska, James Lee Sellers was the son of Enoch and Emma Sellers, pioneer homesteaders of Lincoln County, Nebraska. He served as Associate Editor of Nebraska History in the early 1930s and on the Executive Board of the Nebraska State Historical Society after 1946, then as President of the Society in 1958-1959.

Places Lived

North Platte, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction




Undergraduate Studies, Baker University
Bachelor of Arts Degree,1916, University of Kansas
Master of Arts Degree, 1920, University of Wisconsin
Ph.D., 1922, University of Wisconsin


Professor of History
Associate Editor
President, Nebraska State Historical Society

Places Worked

Public Schools, Barton County, KS
Public Schools, Lawrence, KS
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1922-1929)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (1930-1959)
Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE


The Nebraska State Historical Society has established The James L. Sellers Memorial Award for the best article published in Nebraska History


Nebraska State Historical Society
American Association of University Professors
American Historical Association
Mississippi Valley Historical Association
Director of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Pioneer Trails Association
Nebraska History and Social Studies Teachers Association
The Board of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute


Associate Editor of Nebraska History Magazine

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