Richard W. Etulain (1938–) is professor emeritus of history and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico, where he taught from 1979 to 2001. He also served on the faculties at Northwest Nazarene College (University) and Idaho State University. Etulain is the author or editor of more than forty books, most of which focus on the history and cultures of the American West. His most important books include Conversations with Wallace Sterner (1983, 1996), Writing Western History (editor, 1991), Re-imagining the Modern American West: A Century of Fiction, History, and Art (1996), Telling Western Stories: From Buffalo Bill to Larry McMurtry (1999), and Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West (2006). Etulain has been president of both the Western Literature and Western History associations. He has lectured abroad in several countries, most recently as a Fulbright Lecturer in Ukraine. He is currently working on a study of Abraham Lincoln and the American West.
Michael P. Malone (1940–99) was a well-known specialist in western history and a long-time college administrator at Montana State University, Bozeman. After gaining his doctorate in American studies at Washington State University, Malone became part of the faculty at Montana State, where