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Guide to the Michael Frome Papers 1959-1989

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Michael Frome, 1920-
Dates: 1959-1989
Quantity: 5 cubic feet
Abstract:Correspondence, both personal and professional, typescripts of books and articles with related correspondence, published articles by and about Frome, research files, photographs, income tax files, and cassette tapes of some of his speeches, also interviews for his book Promised Land.
Identification: MG174
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The papers of Michael Frome were received on six separate occasions; it was therefore necessary to impose series order during processing.The first series contains chronologically arranged correspondence and articles. The correspondence contains both incoming and copies of outgoing letters, both personal and professional in nature. Frequently several letters were stapled or otherwise fastened together. Although the fasteners were removed the letters retain their original order. Occasionally photographs are attached to letters. The articles by Frome in this series were published in various journals including Changing Times, Defenders, and Women's Day. Many of the articles are typescripts and were dated from attached correspondence. There are also articles about Michael Frome in this series.The second series contains topical files which are arranged alphabetically by subject. These include typescripts for books, correspondence with specific individuals, articles, and research files. The research files contain articles written by people other than Frome, photographs, and correspondence. Other items in this series include grant proposals, information on and evaluations of the courses he taught at the University of Idaho and in Wisconsin. In the following inventory books or projected books by Frome are typed in capital letters.The final series includes income tax data, photographs, and cassette tape recordings. The income tax data includes royalty statements, expense accounts, check registers, and tax returns through 1982. The photographs include pictures taken on a class trip to Elk River Falls, Frome receiving the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award, slides taken on a trip to England on the Q E II, and Frome with friends. There are also cassette tape recordings of several of Frome's lectures and interviews conducted for PROMISED LAND (1985).Much of the material in the income tax data files, such as bank statements and paid checks, bank card receipts, mutual fund statements, and insurance invoices were discarded. Also discarded were greeting cards without written messages. In all the records were reduced by 0.5 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The papers of Michael Frome span the years 1959 to 1989, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1980 to 1989.

The papers include correspondence, both personal and professional, typescripts for books and articles, published articles by and about Frome, research files, photographs, income tax files, and cassette tape recordings.


Administrative/Biographical History

Noted writer and conservationist Michael Frome was born in New York City May 25, 1920, the son of William and Henrietta (Marks) Frome. He attended PS 79 and Creston Junior High School, both in the East Bronx. He graduated from the all male DeWitt Clinton High School, located in the north Bronx, in January 1936. While attending high school he began his journalistic career by serving on the staff of the school paper, the Clinton News. Between 1936 and 1939 he attended City College (now City College of the City University of New York), and in 1946 attended George Washington University.

He served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Forces Air Transport Command between 1942 and 1945.

On June 19, 1949 he married Thelma Seymour; they have two children, a son William Carrol and a daughter Michele Lloyd. Mike and Thelma separated in 1981.

Frome began his long and distinguished journalistic career as managing editor of the Main Line Times, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, in 1941. Following World War II he was a reporter with the Washington Post. He became the first western reporter to penetrate the iron curtain around Poland when he joined a former Army Pilot on a relief flight carrying eggs. Upon arriving in Poland he interviewed key Polish officials and wrote a series of front page articles for the Post which gave the West its first glimpse of Poland's struggle to rebuild. In 1946 he became managing editor of the Herald Journal, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and in 1947 was a reporter for the Nashville Tennessean.

From 1947 to 1957 he was travel editor for publications of the American Automobile Association, Washington, D.C, and from 1968 to 1974 was conservation editor and columnist for Field & Stream. He was a regular columnist for Changing Times (1959-1981) and Women's Day (1961-1982), and also contributed articles to American Forests, Living Wilderness, Defenders, Western Outdoors.

Frome first became interested in nature reserves as a travel writer. In a 1963 speech, later reprinted in the Congressional Record, he stated, "I have learned that merely by meeting recreational needs alone this country cannot fulfill its obligations toward its natural resources." Gaylord Nelson said "No writer in America has more persistently and effectively argued for the need of national ethics of environmental stewardship than Michael Frome."

Frome began writing articles for American Forests in 1959 and in 1966 was offered a regular column, but because he was often critical of U.S. Forest Service policies he was dropped as a writer in 1971. His outspokenness on conservation issues and his refusal to submit to editorial censorship caused him similar problems at Field & Stream. He joined Field & Stream in 1968 as conservation editor, and during the course of his employment had come to be known as an ardent environmentalist who never hesitated to name individuals, corporations or organizations whom he believed to be guilty of destroying natural resources. He criticized highway builders, strip miners, and timber companies, and frequently used his column to lobby against legislation he felt was harmful to the environment. One of his victories came in 1970 when he helped defeat a bill which would have given timber cutting priority over recreational and other uses in national forests. In 1972 he ran a "Rate Your Candidate" article in which Senators and Congressmen were rated on their attitudes and voting records on conservation issues. In that article Senator John Pastore of Rhode Island, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, was rated as "marginal". The Columbia Broadcasting System, which owned Field & Stream, did not want trouble with Pastore's committee, and requested the editors of Field & Stream to have Frome tone down his criticisms. This Frome refused to do and he was eventually removed from the editorial staff.

In addition to his writing, Frome has also been visiting professor at several universities. He was visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont in 1978; author in residence at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies, Milford, Pennsylvania in 1981; visiting professor in the College of Forestry at the University of Idaho (which honored him by establishing the Michael Frome Scholarship for Excellence in Conservation Writing), 1982-1986; Environmental Scholar in Residence at Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, 1986-1987; visiting professor at Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, where he developed a program in environmental journalism, 1987 to the present.

Among the awards he has received are the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, 1967; Trout Unlimited's Trout Conservationist of the Year, 1972; Mort Weisinger Award, presented by the American Society of Journalists and Authors for the best Magazine Article of the Year for his 1981 five part series "The Ungreening of the National Parks," which was published in Travel Agent and subsequently in National Parks Magazine and in the book National Parks in Crisis; and the second Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award, given by the National Parks and Conservation Association, April 1986

Frome delivered the 1982 Wilderness Resource Distinguished Lecture at the University of Idaho entitled "Battle for the Wilderness: Our Forever Conflict." Other lectures include the 1984 Horace M. Albright Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, "The Twentieth Anniversary of the Wilderness Act: still in Pursuit of the Promised Land", and on April 12, 1988 "Is There a Place for Wilderness in the 21st Century" was the title of his talk at the Distinguished Visitors Seminar at the University of Washington, College of Forest Resources.

Frome is a member of many organizations including the National Parks Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Society of Authors and Journalists, Society of American Travel Writers, Defenders of Wildlife, American Rivers Conservation Council, Environmental Policy Institute, Outdoor Writers Association of America, National Press Club and Cosmos Club.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Environmental Conditions
Idaho
Literature

Frome, Michael--Archives.

Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
Conservation of natural resources -- United States -- History -- Sources

Travel Writer and Conservationist

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of Michael Frome were donated to the University of Idaho library by Mr. Frome between May 1986 and November 1989.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Chronological Files 1959-1989
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1/11/1Correspondence 1971-1979 17 items
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1/21/2Correspondence 1980-1983 18 items
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1/31/3Correspondence 1984 9 items
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1/41/4Correspondence 1985 41 items
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1/51/5Correspondence January-May, 1986 78 items
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1/61/6Correspondence June 1986 62 items
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1/71/7Correspondence July 1986 42 items
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1/81/8Correspondence August 1986 39 items
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1/91/9Correspondence September-October 1986 64 items
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1/101/10Correspondence November-December 1986 58 items
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1/111/11Christmas Messages 1986 55 items
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1/121/12Correspondence January-March 1987 79 items
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1/131/13Correspondence April-June, 1987 55 items
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1/141/14Correspondence July 1987 30 items
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1/151/15Correspondence August 1987 41 items
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1/161/16Correspondence September 1987 48 items
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1/171/17Correspondence October 1987 45 items
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1/181/18Correspondence November-December 1987 47 items
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1/191/19Christmas Messages 1987 50 items
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1/201/20Correspondence January-February, 1988 58 items
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1/211/21Correspondence March-April 1988 53 items
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1/221/22Correspondence May-June 1988 53 items
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1/231/23Correspondence July-August 1988 53 items
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1/241/24Correspondence September-October 1988 42 items
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1/251/25Correspondence November-December 1988 52 items
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1/261/26Correspondence January-February 1989 43 items
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1/271/27Correspondence March-April 1989 40 items
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1/281/28Correspondence May 1989 17 items
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1/291/29Correspondence June 1989 24 items
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1/301/30Correspondence July 1989 22 items
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1/311/31Correspondence August 1989 26 items
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1/321/32Correspondence September 1989 25 items
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1/331/33Correspondence October 1989 15 items
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2/342/34Articles undated-1969 7 items
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2/352/35Articles 1974-1976 3 items
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2/362/36Articles 1978-1979 2 items
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2/372/37Articles 1980-1982 8 items
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2/382/38Articles 1983-1984 9 items
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2/392/39Articles 1985-1986 4 items
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2/402/40Articles 1987 3 items
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2/412/41Articles 1988 4 items
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2/422/42Articles 1989 6 items
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2/432/43Articles Published in Changing Times 1959-1981 60 items
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2/442/44Articles Published in Defenders 1974-1982 52 items
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2/45-462/45-46Articles Published in Women's Day 1961-1962 175 items
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2/472/47Articles about Michael Frome 1970-1975 19 items
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2/482/48Articles about Michael Frome 1976-1981 7 items
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2/492/49Articles about Michael Frome 1985-1989 17 items
Series II. Topical Files 1960-1989
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2/502/504th World Wilderness Conference (September 1987) 1980-1985 21 items
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2/512/51Alaska, Research file 1973-1984 23 items
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2/522/52Albright, Horace M., Correspondence & Lecture 1985 12 items
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2/532/53American Petroleum Institute: Correspondence and Frome's articles on the "Dixieland Trail" 17 items
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2/542/54Bevinetto, Tony: Obituaries & Remembrances 1988 4 items
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2/552/55BLESSINGS OF THE BACKWARD SOUTH: Outline and Correspondence with Doubleday 1974-1977 39 items
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2/562/56Brochures and Posters Advertising Frome's Speeches and Workshops 1970-1989 29 items
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2/572/57Brown, Michael, writings of 1982-1985 8 items
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2/58-592/58-59Calendars, Appointment 1982-1985 17 items
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2/60-662/60-66CONSCIENCE OF A CONSERVATIONIST: Correspondence and Readers' reports, Photocopies of original articles, Foreword and Index, Page-Proof 1987-1988 62 items
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3/673/67Earth Day, Correspondence, Articles 1987 24 items
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3/683/68Environment, Research File 1986-1989 4 items
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3/693/69ENVIRONMENTALISM AT THE CROSSROADS, Article contributed and Related Correspondence 1988-1989 13 items
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3/703/70Fires of 1910, Articles on undated 4 items
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3/713/71Forests, Research File 1970-1985 13 items
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3/723/72Frank Church Wilderness, Forest Service Plan 1985-1986 5 items
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3/733/73Grant Proposal Submitted to Alicia Patterson Foundation: "The Future of the National Parks" 1984 4 items
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3/743/74Grant Proposal Submitted to Association for the Humanities in Idaho, "Humanist Values of Wilderness in Idaho and the Northwest" 1982-1983 15 items
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3/753/75HOSTELING, U.S.A., Correspondence 1979-1983 40 items
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3/763/76Management as a Profession, Forest Service Seminar 1988 8 items
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3/773/77Mark Trail/Ed Dodd Foundation, Correspondence 1987-1989 32 items
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3/783/78Merrit, Cliff, Notes of a Telephone Interview ca. 1984 1 item
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3/793/79MID-ATLANTIC NATIONAL PARKS GUIDEBOOK, Correspondence 1985-1986 60 items
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3/803/80Mount Rainier Park Limited, Proposal 1986 2 items
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3/813/81NATIONAL FORESTS OF AMERICA. Correspondence 1967-1972 51 items
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3/823/82NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 17th edition, preface & corrections 1982 24 items
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3/83-843/83-84NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 18th edition, Author's manuscript with changes 1984 10 items
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3/853/85NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 1st edition 1967 l
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3/863/86NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 8th edition 1974 l
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3/873/87NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 9th edition 1975 1 item
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3/883/88NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 10th edition 1976 1 item
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3/893/89NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 11th edition 1977 1 item
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3/903/90NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 12th edition 1978 1 item
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3/913/91NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 13th edition 1979 1 item
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3/923/92NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 14th edition 1980 1 item
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3/933/93NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 15th edition 1981 1 item
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3/943/94NATIONAL PARK GUIDE, 18th edition 1984 1 item
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3/953/95New Mexico-Bureau of Land Management Land Transfer, Research File, Correspondence, Photographs 1967-1977 87 items
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3/963/96North Carolina Bear Sanctuary, Correspondence, Research file, Photographs 1974-1980 59 items
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3/973/97Parks 1971-1987 2 items
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3/983/98Pinyon-Juniper Management; Article, Correspondence, Research File 1968-1972 8 items
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3/993/99Pritchard, Paul C. "Voluntary Organizations" 1986 2 items
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3/1003/100Projected Books, Correspondence 1972-1976 34 items
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3/1013/101PROMISED LAND, Correspondence 1981-1986 63 items
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4/102-1034/102-103PROMISED LAND, original typescript 1 item
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4/104-1054/104-105PROMISED LAND, Corrected typescript 1 item
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4/1064/106PROMISED LAND, Uncorrected Page Proofs 1985 1 item
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4/1074/107PROMISED LAND, Master Set 1985 1 item
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4/108-1094/108-109Rand McNally & Co., Correspondence, Royalty Statement 1965-1981 156 items
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4/1104/110Rand McNally & Co., Photobook, Proofs undated 4 items
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4/111-1124/111-112Range Management, Correspondence & Research File 1948-1985 71 items
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4/1134/113RARE II, Correspondence 1978 5 items
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4/1144/114Reviews of Frome's Books 1971-1978 30 items
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4/1154/115Reviews and reports written by Frome 1971-1978 11 items
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4/1164/116Schneider, Bill, Correspondence 1981-1982 8 items
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4/1174/117Shadduck, Louise, Correspondence 1963 9 items
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4/1184/118Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, memos, etc. 1985-1987 23 items
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4/1194/119Southern Forests, Research File 1974 5 items
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4/1204/120Timber Sales, Research File 1984-1985 9 items
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4/1214/121TO EVEN THE ODDS, Correspondence 1974-1975 18 items
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4/1224/122Tonto National Forest, Arizona, Research file 1973-1982 33 items
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4/1234/123Tourism: A Vital Force for Peace, Correspondence, Program, Frome's Remarks, Vancouver, B.C. 1988 7 items
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4/1244/124University of Idaho, Correspondence concerning Frome's appointment 1981-1982 24 items
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4/1254/125U of I. Reports, Student Papers, etc. 1986-1987 6 items
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4/1264/126U of I. Communications 121 Spring 1983 22 items
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4/1274/127U of I. Recreation Management Fall 1984 19 items
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4/1284/128U of I. Recreation Management 400 Spring & Fall 1985 21 items
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4/1294/129U of I. Wildland Recreation/History 404 1986 30 items
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5/1305/130U of I. Taylor Ranch Wilderness Research Center, Correspondence, Research File 1974-1985 30 items
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5/1315/131U of I. Tangen-Foster, Jim. Dissertation Proposal 1986 3 items
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5/1325/132U of I. ON THREE YEARS OF TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO 1985 1 item
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5/1335/133VACATIONS U.S.A., Correspondence, Reviews 1966-1967 28 items
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5/1345/134Western Outdoors, Correspondence, Articles 1982-1986 61 items
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5/1355/135Western Washington University. Proposal for an Environmental Journalism Course and other papers 1987-1988 5 items
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5/1365/136Westview Press, Correspondence 1983-1985 35 items
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5/1375/137Weyerhaeuser, Correspondence and Research File 1972-1974 45 items
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5/1385/138WHOSE WOODS THESE ARE, Correspondence 1959-1963 50 items
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5/1395/139Wilderness Areas, Research File 1971-1985 6 items
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5/1405/140WILDERNESS AS A NATURAL RESOURCE, Correspondence 1967-1975 42 items
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5/1415/141Wilderness Management Programs, Southwest Region 1984-1985 16 items
Series III. Other Papers 1974-1987
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5/1425/142Michele Frome 1976-1977 2 items
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5/1435/143Rental Agreement, Moscow Apartment 1982 2 items
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5/1445/144Income Tax Data 1979-1981 31 items
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5/1455/145Income Tax Data 1982 121 items
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5/1465/146Income Tax Data 1983 49 items
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5/1475/147Income Tax Data 1984 32 items
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5/1485/148Income Tax Data 1985 91 items
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5/149-1505/149-150Retirement Insurance Policies 1974-1987 62 items
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5/1515/151Photographs 1981-1987 56 items
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5/1525/152Tape. Barry Farber & Mike Frome, WMCA, New York 1975 1 item
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5/1535/153Tape. WRC Talk on National Parks, Washington, D.C. before 1981 1 item
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5/154-1565/154-156Tape. Advance Policy Course, University of Vermont 1982 3 items
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5/1575/157Tape. Frome on Interpretation, in Germany 1982 or 1983 1 item
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5/1585/158Tape. With Mack Pritchard March 1983 1 item
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5/1595/159Tape. Elk City, Idaho April 12, 1983 1 item
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5/1605/160Tape. Nature Conservancy, Tennessee October 1983 1 item
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5/1615/161Tape. Speech to NPCA, Washington, D.C., Conference on Land Acquisitions and Holdings 1983 or 1984 1 item
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5/1625/162Tape. Michael Frome. Speech. Annual Meeting Friends of the Columbia Gorge April 11, 1984 1 item
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5/1635/163Tape. Michael Frome. Pecos Wilderness Workshop September 13, 1985 1 item
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5/1645/164Tape. Michael Frome. Huxley College of Environmental Studies November 1987 1 item
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5/165-1845/165-184Taped Interviews for PROMISED LAND 1982-1984 20 items

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