John L. Allen is a professor of geography at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of several books, including Passage through the Garden: Lewis and Clark and the Images of the American Northwest and Jedediah Smith and the Mountain Men of the American West, and numerous articles in scholarly periodicals, edited volumes, and conference proceedings. Dr. Allen is also the editor of Annual Editions: Environment. He has served his academic department as its first head ( 1976-81) and as acting head ( 1986-87) and has held many other administrative and committee posts at the University of Connecticut, where he has spent his entire academic career. Dr. Allen has served as a National Councilor of the Society for the History of Discoveries and as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Historical Geography. He is an authority on the role of images in exploration. Dr. Allen holds academic degrees from the University of Wyoming ( B.A. and M.A.) and Clark University ( Ph.D., 1969) and was an NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow at Clark University in 1970-71.
Richard A. Bartlett is a professor emeritus of history at the Florida State University, where he spent most of his professional career. He also held an academic appointment at Texas A&M University and was employed at the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Widely known as one of the foremost historians of the nineteenth-century American West, Dr. Bartlett is the author of the award- winning Great Surveys of the American West, Nature's Yellowstone, and Yellowstone: A Wilderness Besieged. In addition to these and other works, Dr. Bartlett has edited over half a dozen books and written many articles. He is the winner of the Spur Award for the best nonfiction book on the American West in 1962 and the Ray Allen Billington Award for the best article on the West in 1969. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Bartlett has acted as a consultant on many public history projects and has been a member of the Governing Council of the Western History Association and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the West. Dr. Bartlett received his baccalaureate at the University of Colorado, his master's degree at the University of Chicago, and his doctorate at the University of Colorado ( 1953).
William H. Goetzmann holds the Jack S. Blanton Jr. Chair in History and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. One of the nation's most celebrated historians and perhaps the world's leading authority on the nineteenth-century American West, Dr. Goetzmann received the Joseph Pulitzer Award for History for his 1967 book Exploration and Empire: The Role of the Explorer and the Scientist inthe Winning of the American West