Nebraska Authors

W. Raymond Wood

Born 1931 Gordon, NE (USA)

Wood is Emeritus Professor of Athropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a prolific author of works of interest to professional scholars as well as some works of interest to the wider public. He has served on boards governing the Smithsonian Institution's and the National Park Service's archaeological work. He has honors too numerous to list here.

Wood's 2003 book Prologue to Lewis and Clark: The Mackay and Evans Expedition. is included in the Center for Great Plains Studies listing of Great Books of the Great Plains for Nebraska. It describes a 1797 expedition that attempted to establish a trading post in what is now northeast Nebraska, while the area was still part of the Spanish Empire. Lewis and Clark would borrow from the expedition's maps and reports in planning their own expedition beginning in 1804.

His 2002 book, Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited received the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum's 53rd Western Heritage Awards Wrangler Award for co-authorship of Best Book on Art in August 2014, and the High Plains Book Award for Art and Photography, from the Billings Public Library, Billings, Montana, October 26, 2014.


Places Lived

Gordon, NE
Lincoln, NE
Eugene, OR
Columbia, MO

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Anthropology--Great Plains; Ethnohistory; Great Plains--Quaternary Paleoecology


Attended Gordon, Cody and Chadron, NE public schools
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and English, 1954, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology, 1956, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D., Anthropology, 1961, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR



Places Worked

University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO


He has honors too numerous to list here


Incomplete listing, an extremely prolific author of articles, chapters in collections and monographs.
Anthropology of the Great Plains. 1980.
Or Go Down in Flame: A Navigator's Death over Schweinfurt. 1993.
Karl Bodmer's Studio Art: The Newberry Library Bodmer Collection. 2002.
Prologue to Lewis and Clark: The Mackay and Evans Expedition. 2003.
A White-Bearded Plainsman: The Memoirs of Archaeologist W. Raymond Wood. 2011.

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