Close up of Nevada Writers Hall of Fame medal

Wilbur Shepperson

1991 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee


Wilbur Stanley Shepperson completed his Ph.D. from Western Reserve University. He then came to the University of Nevada, Reno's Department of History, where he taught from 1951-1991. He wrote the first book imprinted by the University of Nevada Press, which he helped establish. He was a Fulbright scholar at Liverpool and was the first recipient of the Grace A. Griffen Chair in History and a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award. He was on the board of trustees for the Nevada Historical Society, which named its exhibit hall the Wilbur S. Shepperson Gallery in his honor. He was the founder and editor of Halcyon: A Journal of the Humanities. He edited a series of volumes on history and political science for the University of Nevada Press, named the Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in History and Humanities in his honor. He was both a host of and guest speaker for the radio series Nevada, One of Fifty, produced by the University of Nevada, Reno in 1976. He helped create the Nevada Humanities Committee, which established the annual Wilbur S. Shepperson Humanities Book Award in his honor. In 1993, the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno established the Wilbur S. Shepperson Endowed Scholarship in memory of his many contributions to higher education and culture in Nevada.