Discipline: Literature

Muriel Wright

Discipline: Literature
MacDowell Fellowships: 1948

Muriel Hazel Wright (1889 –1975) was an American teacher, historian, and writer on the Choctaw Nation. She wrote several books about Oklahoma, and was unofficially called the "Historian of Oklahoma." She also was very active in the Oklahoma Historical Society and served as editor of the Chronicles of Oklahoma from 1955 to 1971. She authored three textbooks about the state's history, which were used in public schools: The Story of Oklahoma, Our Oklahoma and The Oklahoma History. In 1922, she joined the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), where she was very active for much of her life. After 1924, she devoted her time to writing about the Native Americans of Oklahoma. She contributed to and edited the OHS quarterly journal, The Chronicles of Oklahoma, although she was not formally given the title of editor until 1955. Wright took a leading role in negotiating for Choctaw rights and compensation for the loss of their historic lands.

Portrait courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society Photograph Collection



Muriel Wright worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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