Arrell Morgan Gibson
His works include: Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries (University
of Oklahoma Press 1965, 1981), The Oklahoma Story (University of
Oklahoma Press 1978), and other histories of the state.
Gibson served as the Oklahoma Center for the Book's first president, and
the Center named its highest award in honor of the Norman historian. Seven
of the 21 authors on the official Literary Map of Oklahoma are recipients
of the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. It is given annually to
an Oklahoman for a body of literary work. Gibson died in Norman November
was born December 1, 1921, in Pleasanton, Kansas. He earned a B.A. from
Missouri Southern State College, an M.A. (1948) and Ph.D. (1954) from
the University of Oklahoma. He was professor of history and government
at Phillips University in Enid and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
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