This collection contains interviews detailing transition from Anaconda Company-held Montana newspapers to their sale to Lee Newspapers [currently Lee Enterprises] in 1959. The interviews were conducted in 1975 by John Newhouse, a longtime reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. The interviewees discuss working for the newspaper during the Anaconda Company’s ownership as well as Lee Newspapers’ ownership and compare the two company’s management styles. They also talk about the difference in reporting on politics and economic issues under Lee Newspapers. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 465 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 5 interviews.
George David Remington
George Remington discusses his career as a newspaper editor and the technological and personnel changes at the Independent Record. Remington explains how in 1959 the Anaconda Mining Company sold the Independent Record to Lee Newspapers, which allowed for more credible news coverage. He talks about ... Read More
Lloyd Schermer discusses the ownership of Montana newspapers by the Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM] before they sold to Lee Newspapers, located in Davenport, Iowa. Schermer describes the different political editorials the Missoulian and other Lee papers in Montana wrote, and how they worked to ... Read More
Lloyd Schermer tells a story about how shortly after Lee Newspapers bought the Missoulian and he moved to Missoula, an earthquake occurred in Yellowstone National Park. He recalls having to prod the Missoulian reporters to make the earthquake story a top priority, which resulted in ... Read More
Ron Rickman discusses his experiences working in commercial printing in Butte, Montana, for The Daily Post and The Montana Standard first under the Anaconda Mining Company and then Lee Enterprises. Rickman recalls beginning work for the Anaconda Co. newspapers in 1959 just before they were ... Read More
Walter Nelson describes the transition in ownership of Montana newspapers from the Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM] to Lee Newspapers, located in Davenport, Iowa. He describes the job dissatisfaction among many of the reporters under ACM, and how they rarely saw their editor-in-chief or the ... Read More