It seems unjust to restrict my acknowledgements to the few pages allotted here, as there are too many people in this world who helped to make this book a reality. The obvious place to begin is with the editors of the University of Nebraska Press who were enthusiastic about my work from the outset.
This book evolved from my dissertation research. Therefore I owe an endless debt of gratitude to my Ph. D. committee members at the University of Arizona who convinced me of my potential, pushed me at just the right times, but always knew when to give me space to grow.
First and foremost, I thank Dr. David E. Wilkins who has been a friend and mentor since the first day I set foot on the University of Arizona campus. At times I thought David was pushing me beyond my limits when he actually saw a potential within me that needed to be honed. As David's student and research assistant I learned more about archival research in one semester than most people (including scholars) learn in a lifetime. I can honestly say that until David became my mentor, I did not realize what it meant to be a critical thinker. Academic mentoring aside, David was always there throughout my graduate career when I needed moral support. His wife Evelyn and children Sion, Niłtooli, and Nizhone, to whom I am