Natalie Dykstra Clover Adams - A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life - By Natalie Dykstra

Natalie Dykstra Photo credit: Ellen Dykstra


"Edith Wharton's Workshop 

"Letters Shed New Light on Henry Adams"
in The Beehive, the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

"The Curative Space of the American West in the Life and Letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart," in Portraits of Women in the American West, edited by Dee Garceau-Hagen.

'Trying to Idle: Work and Disability in The Diary of Alice James," edited by Paul Longmore and Lauri Umansky.

"If You Are Very Lucky" on


Other Writing | Teaching | Interviews

Natalie Dykstra grew up in the Midwest, first near the shores of Lake Michigan, then in a suburb west of Chicago.  She credits her mom’s vivid, rollicking stories of Iowa farm life for sparking a life-long fascination with finding and telling true stories of the past.  She pursued these stories both in her undergraduate Classics degree and later in her graduate work in American Studies at the University of Wyoming and the University of Kansas, where she earned her PhD in 2000. 

She has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for her work on Clover Adams as well as grants from the Schlesinger Library and the Massachusetts Historical Society, where she was elected Fellow in 2011.  She is an associate professor of English at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  For her work with students, she recently received the "Excellence in Mentoring" award from the college's Andrew W. Mellon Scholars Program.  When not teaching, she lives with her husband in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Boston Summer Seminar 2015 

Student comment:

Faculty Connections: More Than Just a Teacher

Student work:
Madalyn Muncy, Mellon Scholar, Hope College
Ruth Keppel, 1896-1993 and Echoes from the Archive

Taylor Rebhan, Mellon Scholar, Hope College
This website, created by Taylor, collects all the final projects from my American Biography course from Spring 2013.


Q & A with Natalie Dykstra

LibraryThing Author Interview

The Biographer's Craft: Photographs Lead Biographer to a New Understanding of an Enigmatic Subject