Sept. 10, 2003

SMU's Clements Center For Southwest Studies Awards Prize For Best Non-Fiction Book On Southwestern America

DALLAS (SMU) -- Historian Martha Sandweiss will receive the William P. Clements Book Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America for Print the Legend: Photography and the American West. On Thursday, Nov. 13, she will present a lecture with slides of the book's images at 6 p.m. in the Umphrey-Lee Ballroom, 3300 Dyer Street. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a book-signing following the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Sandweiss is known to area museum lovers for her work at the Amon Carter Museum prior to joining the faculty at Amherst College in Massachusetts. In her richly illustrated new book, she tells the intertwined stories of photography and the American West--a new medium and a new place that came of age together in the nineteenth century.

The $2,500 Clements Book Prize honors fine writing and original research on the American Southwest. The competition is open to any nonfiction book, including biography, on any aspect of Southwestern life, past or present. The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies is part of SMU's Dedman College and affiliated with the Department of History. It was created to promote research, publishing, teaching and public programming in a variety of fields related to the American Southwest. For more information about the Center or about the upcoming book prize event, please call (214) 768-1233 or visit the website at