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Cline, Gloria Griffen (1929–1973) - U.S. History

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Gloria Griffen Cline was born on March 21, 1929, in San Francisco, California, to Robert A. and Grace G. Griffen. She received her B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Nevada. She went to the University of California for her Ph.D. in 1958; her dissertation, “A History of the Great Basin,” was published as Exploring the Great Basin by the University of Oklahoma and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1963. Cline also contributed to two volumes of Mountain Men and the Fur Trade by LeRoy R. Hafen and wrote a biography, Peter Skene Ogden and the Hudson Bay Company , which was published posthumously by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Cline was assistant professor and associate professor of history at Sacramento State College in California and a visiting lecturer at the University of Nevada, the University of Southern California, and Indiana University. She also organized the course in Canadian-American history at the University of Alberta at Edmonton. She was the first woman to win the faculty research award at Sacramento State (1965). Gloria Cline was a lecturer at Cambridge University at the time of her death in Ireland on April 12, 1973. In her honor, her parents created the Gloria Griffen Collection at the library of the University of Nevada, Reno, which holds several thousand volumes of Western Americana.

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