Robert Pruter

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General Information

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Name: Robert Pruter

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction, History

Born: 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Website: N/A


Illinois Connection

Pruter has lived in the Chicago area since 1951 when his family moved to Berwyn, Illinois. He is a 1962 graduate of Proviso East High School, Maywood, Illinois. He received a BA degree in history at Roosevelt University in 1967, a an MA degree in history with honors at Roosevelt University in 1976, and an MLIS degree from Dominican University in 2000. He currently resides in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pruter is a freelance researcher and writer, his work having been motivated by a lifelong love both for the history of sports and for the history of African-American music as they relate to his hometown of Chicago. He was an encyclopedia editor in the social sciences for more than 27 years, from 1968 to 1996, at New Standard Encyclopedia. Since 2001, he has been reference and government documents librarian at Lewis University Library in Romeoville, Illinois.

He also served as the rhythm-and-blues editor for Goldmine magazine from 1985 to 2006.

Published Works

  • Chicago Soul, University of Illinois Press, 1991
  • Doowop: The Chicago Scene, University of Illinois Press, 1996
  • The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control, 1880-1930, Syracuse University Press, 2013

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Literary Awards

Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, 1992 for Chicago Soul.

Certificate of Excellence for scholarly works from the Illinois State Historical Society, 1992, for Chicago Soul.

Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, 1996, for Doowop: the Chicago Scene.

Special Award of Honor from the Chicago Music Awards for longtime historical research in Chicago African-American music, 2005.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Robert Pruter on WorldCat

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