“Believing that history was for everyone, he encouraged historians and other authors to write in styles readable by most individuals.”
Savoie Lottinville was born in Idaho and lived there until the age of 5 when his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Lottinville graduated from University of Oklahoma in 1929 with a certificate in Journalism and major in English. He was selected a Rhoades Scholar and received a B.A. in 1932 and M.A. in 1939 at Oxford. He did interim study at Bonn, Berlin, Munick, and Tubingen from 1929 to 1932. Mr. Lottinville was also fond of boxing and participated on the boxing team while at Oxford and was a member of Heros Boxing Club while in Berlin. Mr. Lottinville took over the OU Press in 1938 and during his 30 years as director several major book series were published: The American Exploration and Travel Series, The Western Frontier Library, The Centers of Civilization Series, and Civilization of the American Indian. Mr. Lottinville was instrumental in the establishment of the Naval Training Station in Norman during World War II and the co-development of the DeGolyer Collection to the history of science and technology at the University of Oklahoma.
To underline his reputation as a publisher of works with long-range appeal, Savoie Lottinville assisted the OU Press in pioneering the use of a paper that would last for 300 years.
As a boy, Lottinville moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma.