The list below identifies books and articles that offer either a large-scale history of the prairie region (including
the 1930s) or a focused interpretation bearing directly on the drought years. It is intended as a guide for
individuals interested in further pursuing the topics addressed on this website.
Cunfer, Geoff. On the Great Plains: Agriculture and Environment. College Station: Texas A&M University
Dustbowl Dividend. Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, VT-R 2303.
Evans, Clinton L. The War on Weeds in the Prairie West: An Environmental History. Calgary: University of
Calgary Press, 2002.
Friesen, Gerry. The Canadian Prairies: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987.
Gilbert, G., & McLeman, R. "Household access to capital and its effects on drought adaptation and
migration: A case study of rural Alberta in the 1930s." Population and Environment, 32 (2011): 3-26.
Government of Canada, "Report of the Ranching and Grazing Commission, 1913," Department of Interior, 1913.
Gray, James. H. Men Against the Desert. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1967.
Jones, David C. Empire of Dust: Settling and Abandoning the Prairie Dry Belt. Calgary: University of Calgary
Marchildon, Gregory P, ed. A Dry Oasis: Institutional Adaptation to Climate on the Canadian Prairies.
Regina: University of Regina Press, 2009.
Massie, Merle. Forest Prairie Edge: Place History in Saskatchewan. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press,
McLeman, R. A., & Ploeger, S. K. Soil and its influence on rural drought migration: insights from Depression-era
Southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada. Population and Environment. 33 (2012), 304-332
McLeman, R., Herold, S., Reljic, Z., Sawada, M., & McKenney, D. "GIS-based modeling of drought and
historical population change on the Canadian Prairies." Journal of Historical Geography, 36 (2010):
McManus, Curtis R. Happyland: A History of the "Dirty Thirties" in Saskatchewan, 1914-1937.
University of Calgary Press, 2011.
Savage, Candace. Prairie: A Natural History, Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2011.
Strikwerda, Eric. The Wages of Relief: Cities and the Unemployed in Prairie Canada, 1929-39. Edmonton:
Athabasca University Press, 2013.
Waiser, Bill. A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan before 1905. Markham: Fifth House Publishers 2016.
Waiser, Bill. All Hell Can't Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riot. Calgary: Fifth House
Waiser, Bill. Saskatchewan: A New History. Calgary: Fifth House Publishers, 2005.