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History educator

Robert Rozeboom Dykstra, American history educator. Recipient Everett Eugene Edwards Memorial award Agricultural History Society, 1961, Western Heritage award for outstanding Western non-fiction book of 1968, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1969; Social Science Research Council fellow, 1961-1962; National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1985-1986; co-recipient National Endowment of the Humanities Intrepretive Research/Projects grant, 1989.


Dykstra, Robert Rozeboom was born on August 29, 1930 in Ames, Iowa, United States. Son of Bernard Ryer and Lucy Ruth (Dykstra) Rozeboom.


Student, Iowa State College, 1948; Bachelor of Arts, University Iowa, 1953; Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1959; Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1964.


Assistant professor of history, U. New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1965-1967; associate professor of history, U. Nebraska, Lincoln, 1967-1968; associate professor of history, U. Iowa, Iowa City, 1968-1973; professor, U. Iowa, 1973-1981; professor of history public policy, State University of New York-Albany, since 1981. Charles Warren fellow Harvard University, 1978-1979. Western history consultant Time-Life Books, 1972.

Project consultant Wichita History Museum Association, 1979-1980. External examiner U. Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 1979-1980. Research assoc.Am. Antiquarian Society, 1985-1986.

Media panelist National Endowment for Humanities, 1985.



Member Iowa Review Committee, History Preservation Program, National Park Service, 1971-1981. Editorial consultant Annals of Iowa, since 1978. Served with United States Army, 1953-1957.

Fellow Society of America Historians (judge Parkman prize competition 1982-1983). Member Iowa History Society (curator, trustee 1973-1980), Kansas History Society, Organization American Historians (editorial board Journal American History 1979-1982, co-recipient Binkley-Stephenson award 1986), Social Science History Association (regional vice chairman 1975-1976, chairman nominating committee 1977).


Married Fritzen Ellen Hinman, December 19, 1952 (divorced 1979). Children: Michael Jack, Terry Jones, Robert Dirk, Eugene Ryer. Married Jo Ann Manfra, August 2, 1980.

Bernard Ryer Rozeboom

Lucy Ruth (Dykstra) Rozeboom

Fritzen Ellen Hinman

Jo Ann Manfra

Terry Jones Dykstra

Robert Dirk Dykstra

Michael Jack Dykstra

Eugene Ryer Dykstra