Harold Keith was born April 8, 1903, in Lambert, Oklahoma Territory, i.e, before OK was a state. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in history from the University of Oklahoma.

For his Newbery-winning Rifles for Watie, he interviewed 22 veterans, all nearly 100 years old. It took him five years to write the novel.

Keith enjoyed quail hunting, trout fishing, and singing in a barbershop quartet. He is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.

Keith died of congestive heart failure on February 24, 1998, at the age of 94. He is survived by one son and one daughter.


The Bluejay Boarders

Brief Garland

Chico and Dan

Forty-Seven Straight: The Wilkinson Era at Oklahoma

Go, Red, Go!


The Obstinate Land: Cherokee Strip Run of 1893

Oklahoma Kickoff: An Informal History of the First 25 Years of Football at the University of Oklahoma, and of the Amusing Hardships That Attended It

Rifles for Watie (1958 Newbery Award)

The Runt of Rogers School

The Sound of Strings

Sports and Games

Susy's Scoundrel

Will Rogers, a Boy's Life

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