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John Francis Mcdermott

historian , educator.

John Francis Mcdermott, American historian, educator. award of merit 1961, 78), American Name Soc; award of merit 1976) hist.


Mcdermott, John Francis was born on April 18, 1902 in St. Louis. Son of John F. and Mary (Steber) Mcdermott.


Bachelor of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, 1923, A.M., 1924. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, U. Missouri, 1977.


1 son, John Francis IV. Instructor English, Washington University, St. Louis, 1924-1936, assistant professor, 1936-1949, associate Professor of English, 1949-1961, associate professor American cultural history, 1961-1963. Research professor humanities Southern Illinois U., Edwardsville, 1963-1971, research professor emeritus, 1971-1981. Consultant early Western American history and 19th century American painting.

Board of directors Friends of Lovejoy Library, Southern Illinois U., treasurer, 1976-1981. Member Governor Bond’s Bingham Sketches Committee, 1975-1976.


  • Author: Private Libraries in Creole Saint Louis, 1938. Glossary of Mississippi Valley French, 1941. The Lost Panoramas of the Mississippi, 1958.

    The Art of Seth Eastman, 1959. George Caleb Bingham, River Portraitist, 1959. Seth Eastman Pictorial Historian of the Indian, 1961.

    Seth Eastman’s Mississippi: A Lost Portfolio Recovered, 1973. Co-author: The Technique of Composition, 1931, latest review edit., 1960. English Communication, 1943.

    Editor: Collected Verse of Lewis Carroll, 1929. Modern Plays, 1932

  • The Russian Journal and other Selections from Works of Lewis Carroll, 1935, 77. Tixier’s Travels on the Osage Prairies, 1940, 69.

    Western Journals of Washington Irving, 1944, 66. Old Cahokia, 1949

  • Travels in Search of the Elephant, The Wanderings of Alfred S. Waugh, Artist, 1951. Up the Missouri with Audubon.

    The Journal of Edward Harris, 1951. The Early Histories of St. Louis, 1952. Thaddeus Culbertson’s Journal of an Expedition to the Mauvaises Terres and the Upper Missouri in 1850, 1952.

    John Treat Irving’s Indian Sketches, 1954. Washington Irving’s Tour on the Prairies, 1956. Milford’s Memoir of Travels in the Creek Nation, 1956.

    Research Opportunities in American Cultural History, 1961, 77. Robb’s Streaks of Squatter Life, 1961. The Western Journals of Doctor George Hunter, 1796-1805, 1963.

    The World of Washington Irving, 1965. Audubon in the West, 1965. The French in the Mississippi Valley, 1965.

    The Frontier Reexamtned, 1967. An Artist on the Overland Trail: The 1849 Diary and Sketches of James F. Wilkins, 1968. Before Mark Twain: A Sampler of Old, Old Times on the Mississippi, 1968.

    Frenchmen and French Ways in the Mississippi Valley, 1969. Travelers on the Western Frontier, 1970. The Spanish in the Mississippi Valley, 1973.

    Philip Pittman’s The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi, 1977. Co-editor: College Readings in Contemporary Thought, 1929. Contemporary Opinion, 1933.

    Matt Fields Prairie and Mountain Sketches, 1957. Contributor periodicals. Associate editor French American review, 1950.

    General editor Travels on Western Waters Series, Southern Illinois U. Press. Advisory board Papers on Language and Literature, 1965-1981, Old Northwest Quarterly, 1974-1979. Publication advising committee Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum, 1968-1971.


Member Modern Humanities Research Association, Bibliographical Society American, Institute Francais Washington (trustee 1958-1981), Academie de Macon, Organisation American Historians, Missouri History Society (trustee 1950-1959, 79-81, secretary board 1951-1954, award of merit 1961, 78), American Name Society, American Studies Association, American Folklore Society (councillor 1958-1960), American Antiquarian Society, National Folk Festival Association (president 1953-1961. Served to captain United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Newberry Library; Fellow, 1954-1955.


Married Mary S. Kendrick, December 20, 1924.

John F. Mcdermott

Mary (Steber) Mcdermott

Mary S. Kendrick