Lloyd Schermer Interview 1, 1975


Lloyd Schermer


John Newhouse



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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 engage the local communities in politics. He talks about his interactions with Montana politicians such as Lee Metcalf and Mike Mansfield. Schermer also talks about the importance of attracting good people to the organization, the transition of Lee taking over Montana newspapers, and the newer kinds of equipment and technology the company introduced to those papers. Schermer concludes by telling several stories about his newspaper days in Montana, including one about Lee Metcalf and another about a feud between the Great Falls Tribune and the Montana Standard in Butte.


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Document Type

Oral History


Lee Enterprises; Mansfield, Mike; Metcalf, Lee; Nutter, Don; Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM]; Newspapers, Montana; Political campaigns, press coverage; Political campaigns, Montana; Newspaper equipment; Newspaper reporters; Newspaper editors; Missoulian; Great Falls Tribune; Montana Standard

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 465-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (8 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:31:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_465_001.mp3; OH_465_001.pdf

Lloyd Schermer Interview 1, 1975