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John G. Neihardt

Poet Laureate, Author, Educator, Indigenous Ally

The University of Missouri benefitted greatly from the work of John G. Neihardt, who was a Professor in the English Department at MU from 1949 to 1965.  Neihardt gifted his personal library to the university before his retirement.   Also housed on campus at the State Historical Society of Missouri (http://shs.umsystem.edu/index.shtml) is a multimedia collection of poetry, art, and manuscripts originally belonging to Neihardt.  Many items in the collection pertain to time Neihardt spent in Pine Ridge Reservation and Omaha Reservation.

Neihardt’s most salient published contributions are Black Elk Speaks and his book A Cycle of the American West.  Copies of both books are available at Ellis Library.  Black Elk Speaks is a transcription of the vision of Black Elk, Oglala holy man.  The importance of the Black Elk collaboration was recognized when Neihardt was named poet Laureate of Nebraska in 1921.  In order to locate a copy of these or other texts by Neihardt, search the MU Libraries Catalog.

Neihardt Collections at the University of Missouri

More about the John G. Neihardt Collection of books can be found through the Special Collections webpage.

A PDF summary of the materials available through The State Historical Society of Missouri can be found through the SHSM webpage