Andrew Gulliford, Ph.D. is a professor of History at the public liberal arts Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He teaches popular college courses in wilderness, national parks, and environmental history and is the author of America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. He also edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. His books feature his own black and white and color photographs.
Over the years he has photographed thousands of archaeological sites, national parks, wildlife, and Americans. His articles and photographs have appeared in national publications including Preservation, American Heritage, Colorado Heritage, and Montana. He writes a regular monthly column titled “Gulliford’s Travels” for the Southwest life section of the Durango Herald and some essays are picked up by the “Writers on the Range” syndicated column of High Country News. Gulliford has also written for and had photographs published in Inside/Outside Southwest and Mountain Gazette.
Dr. Gulliford has received the National Individual Volunteer Award from the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness education and a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of Agriculture for “outstanding contributions to America’s natural and cultural resources.” Andrew Gulliford has had led tours across the West by canoe, raft, horseback, van, cruise ship, private train, and private jet for the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Colorado Historical Society.
As a writer, photographer, and historian with deep ties to the American West, his essays have been anthologized in Hard at Play in America (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press), Lewis & Clark: Legacies, Memories and New Perspectives (Berkeley: University of California Press); The Landscape of Home: A Rocky Mountain Land Series Reader (Boulder: Johnson Books) and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press). He has photographs in each of the book’s 32 chapters.
He edited San Juan Sampler: Selections from the Nina Heald Webber Southwest Colorado Postcard Collection, Edith Taylor Shaw’s Letters from a Weminuche Homestead, and Garfield County, Colorado: The First Hundred Years, 1883-1983. He was series editor for seven new books in the Mesa Verde Centennial Book Series published during Mesa Verde National Park’s centennial in 2006.