Ron Rickman Interview, 1975


Ron Rickman


John Newhouse



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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 sold to Lee Enterprises. He talks about his 15-year career working in the newspaper industry in Montana and Iowa, specifically in commercial printing. Rickman describes the role newspapers played in company town culture and how newspapers were used as propaganda for the Anaconda Co. He also talks about the corporate culture and how the Anaconda Co. managed Montana newspapers. Rickman details how the purchase of the paper by Lee changed the corporate culture and the management of the newspapers. He further explains how Lee changed workplace attitudes. Rickman concludes how technological advancements such as the cold type printing modernized newspaper production and editing.


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Document Type

Oral History


Lee Newspapers; Lee Enterprises; Butte, Montana; Anaconda Mining Company; The Daily Post; The Montana Standard; The Quad-City Times; Printing; Publishing; Commercial printing; Coldtype; Advancements in printing technology; Newspaper production; Newspaper circulation; New management of newspaper; Mining town; Miners; Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Lee Newspapers in Montana Oral History Project, OH 465, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 465-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (10 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:30:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_465_002.mp3; OH_465_002.pdf

Ron Rickman Interview, 1975