Bachelor of Arts, University Oklahoma, 1949; Master of Arts, University Oklahoma, 1950; Doctor of Philosophy, University Oklahoma, 1960.
Instructor, Oklahoma Military Academy, 1950-1952; chairman humanities division, Oklahoma Military Academy, 1952-1957; teaching assistant, U. Oklahoma, 1957-1960; assistant professor of history, Texas Tech U., 1960-1963; associate professor, Texas Tech U., 1963-1968; professor, Texas Tech U., 1968-1969; professor, U. Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1969-1987; department chairman history, U. Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1976-1986; university professor of history, U. Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1987-1990.
Member American History Association, Organization American Historians, Popular Culture Association, Arkansas History Association, Southern History Association, Phi Alpha Theta.
Married Eugenia Matella Trapp, June 1, 1950. Children: Kevin, Rebecca, David, Richard.