Professor Barton H. Barbour received the Ph.D from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1993. He has worked at Boise State University since 2001, and teaches courses in early American history, including classes in Colonial America, Native American history and US Indian Policy, and North American Exploration.
Dr. Barbour worked for several years in museums and cultural institutions administered by local, state, and federal agencies. From 1998 to 2001 Barbour worked as a research historian with the National Park Service at Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has taught at the University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute, at Bishop’s University in Québec, Canada, and he was a visiting professor at Boise State University in 1994-95.
Barton Barbour has published five books and numerous articles that deal with the North American fur trade and its affects on various “frontiers” of society, ethnicity, business, law and politics. Barbour’s 2001 book, Fort Union and the Upper Missouri Fur Trade (University of Oklahoma Press) was a finalist for a Western Writers of America SPUR Award (2002) and received an honor award from the Denver Public Library’s Caroline Bancroft Trust Award for Western History books (2003). Dr. Barbour’s most recent book is a biography of a famed fur trader and explorer titled Jedediah Smith: No Ordinary Mountain Man (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009). In 2010 Dr. Barbour was named a a recipient of Boise State’s first Arts & Humanities Fellowship (2010-2011), and his current project is to produce a book on the fur trade era at Fort Laramie National Historic Site.