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First and foremost, Women Artists of the American West is indebted to all the women artists who have freely contributed their time and work to this project. WAAW owes its very existence to their enthusiasm and trust. More than 170 women artists are represented in WAAW's August 1998 initial launch, and it is their work which constitutes the Website. This archive is their archive, and justifiably, it reflects their voices and visions.
In addition, I want to specifically thank the essay authors, whose writings have immeasurably contributed to the understanding of women's art and to WAAW as a viable distance learning course. Tiska Blankenship, Terri Cohn, Tee Corinne, Margaret Jacobs, Joan Jensen, Betty LaDuke, Kate O'Neill, Peter Palmquist, Susan Peterson, Martha Sandweiss, Corinne Whitaker, Flo Oy Wong, and Dorothy Zopf are the curators, historians and artists who have pioneered this project. Nearly all of them composed essays specifically for WAAW, often joining our cyber-classroom to discuss their ideas with students on-line, and thereby making the educational experience even more dynamic.
Numerous persons were active behind the scenes, and although their impact may be less visible, it was surely invaluable. Whether helping with research by compiling data and suggesting resources (as did Lenore Chinn and Happy Hyder), or sharing their own research (as did Andrew Connors, Carol Wyrick, Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick and Phil Kovinick), many people gave generously of their time and expertise. These include Janeen Antoine, Charleen Touchette, Moira Roth, Diana Fuller, Sharyn Udall and June Wayne - all of whom helped shape my research path. Many thanks to David Witt, Steve Yates, Phil Linhares and the other museum professionals who also assisted my research.
Closer to home, many persons at Purdue University have helped make this project a success. Edward Delp of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been instrumental in the technical development of the course CD-ROM. He has provided the watermarking software, a mirror Website, and arranged for additional technical staff, including George Bailey, Gregory Cook, and David Jacoby. John Campbell, Director of Purdue's Multi-Media Instructional Development Center (MIDC) and David Wisniewski have also provided technical assistance, particularly with CD-ROM production.
In the College of Liberal Arts, John O'Malley has ensured that WAAW is virtually always accessible from the CLA web server.
Others at Purdue have helped in an advisory or administrative capacity. Of these, Barb Tyner of Continuing Education Administration has been extremely helpful, and Phil Swain, Director of the Office of Distance Learning, has given unflagging advice and support.
And of course, I am especially indebted to the graduate students in American Studies and Professional Writing who helped with proofreading and Web-editing the final essay drafts. They include Laurie Cubbison, Dagmar Frerking, Heather Penney and Stephanie Turner. Hallie Bourne, an independent consultant, also offered invaluable Web assistance.
Women Artists of the American West was funded by the Purdue Academic Reinvestment and the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) programs, which awarded seed grants in 1997 to initiate this project.

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