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WTAMU Grad Student Gets Published in National Journals

July 24, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Grad Student Gets Published in National Journals

CANYON, Texas—An introduction to ranching history research sparked his interest, and Matthew Day, a graduate student in history at West Texas A&M University, is now a published author of peer-reviewed articles in two national historical journals.

Day’s “The Diamond F Ranch and the Big Die-Up of 1886-1887” appeared in the spring 2012 issue of the Journal of the West. A second article was published in the spring 2013 issue of Great Plains Quarterly titled “How Badly Can Cattle and Land Sales Suffer from this? Drought and Cattle Sickness on the JA Ranch, 1910-1918.” He also has a book review scheduled for publication in the April 2014 issue of Southwestern Historical Quarterly on William Dunmire’s New Mexico’s Spanish Livestock Heritage: Four Centuries of Animals, Land and People.

“Dr. Bill Green, curator of history emeritus at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, was one of the first to introduce me to ranching history research,” Day said. “Once I looked at some of the XIT Ranch records at the museum, I knew I was hooked.”

His interest in academic publishing grew after he started working with the JA Ranch records. The ranch’s Hobart-Adair correspondence, coupled with encouragement from graduate adviser Dr. Stephen Bogener, provided the foundation for his first article. In July 2012, Day received his first article acceptance after more than 30 rejections, many of them in-house, during a 15-month period prior to being accepted for publication by the Journal of the West. He landed the article with the Great Plains Quarterly in January only hours after returning from a self-selected research trip to Borger.

"Matthew is one of those rare individuals who has found his niche," Bogener, assistant professor of history, said. "He is an accomplished researcher on ranching in West Texas and continues to make strides in that arena."

Day transferred to WTAMU from the University of Oklahoma in 2010 and is working on his Master of Arts degree in history.


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