David Wetzel


Colorado Historical Society (retired)

127 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Phone 303-521-8466


After receiving my B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature from the University of Utah (1965 and 1967), I enrolled in the doctoral program in American studies at the University of Minnesota and became a candidate for the Ph.D. in 1975 (ABD). In 1980 I joined the Colorado Historical Society and served as its editor-in-chief for 26 years, retiring in 2006. In 1995, after the Society accepted Jean Afton's manuscript for publication, I worked with David Halaas and Andy Masich in reshaping the manuscript and conducting original research into the Dog Soldier Ledger in the Society's collection, including the creation of a database to examine artists, subjects, artistic media, and ethnographic details. For the ensuing publication, Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat (1997), I wrote a description and analysis of the artistic styles of the ledger's fourteen warrior-artists and examined patterns of drawing placement within the ledger. In addition to other historical research and writing, I remain interested in the dynamic relationship in ledger book studies between the warrior-artists and the structural medium of the ledgers on which they work.

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