Nebraska Authors

Rudolph Umland

AKA: Rudolph E. Umland

Born 1907-12-26 Eagle, NE (USA)

Died 1993-07-15
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
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Image of Rudolph Umland

Umland was a student and friend of Lowry Wimberly who persuaded Umland to join WPA's Nebraska Federal Writers' Project. He rescued the troubled Project, serving as Editor from 1935, then Assistant State Director, and Director. Mari Sandoz and Wimberly served as behind the scenes mentors for the project. Umland's letters and publications offer unique views of Wimberly and Sandoz and of Project writers including Loren Eiseley and Weldon Kees. Also see
The Nebraska Federal Writers Project: Remembering Writers of the 1930s for more about Umland. Umland's scrapbooks are in the Heritage Room.


Places Lived

Eagle, NE
Lincoln, NE
New Orleans, LA
Prairie Village, KS

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Journalism
  • Other


Nebraska Federal Writers Project; Book Reviews; Regionalism; Humorist


High School Diploma, 1925, Eagle High School, Eagle, NE
Undergraduate Studies, 1925-1928, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Training Officer, Veteran's Administration
Claims Authorizer, Social Security Administration
Book Reviewer, Kansas City Times and Kansas City Star

Places Worked

WPA Federal Writer's Project (FWP)--editor, assistant state, state supervisor
US Postal Censorship Station, New Orleans
Veteran's Administration, Nebraska


Lowry Wimberly
Mari Sandoz
Loren Eiseley
Weldon Kees
WPA Nebraska Federal Writers Project
Prairie Schooner


Many articles in Prairie Schooner
Featured Book Reviewer for Kansas City newspapers

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