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Guide to the Michael Frome Papers 1959-2000


Funding for processing this collection was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

University of Idaho Library
850 Rayburn St.
P.O. Box 442351
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2351
(208) 885-7951

© 2009

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Creation: Finding aid encoded by Lee Steiner 2009
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives850 Rayburn St. P.O. Box 442351 Moscow, Idaho 83844-2351 (208) 885-7951
Creator: Frome, Michael
Title: Michael Frome Papers
Dates: 1959-2000
Quantity: 14.66 cubic feet18 boxes
Abstract:Michael Frome was a noted writer and conservationist who spent some of his career in Washington (state). This collection contains his personal papers.
Identification: MG 174
Language: This collection is in English

The original six accessions were processed in 1989 after which sixteen new accessions were received; it was therefore necessary to impose series order during processing. There are four series, with the first containing correspondence. The second series is material relating to work Frome did in different regions of the United States. The third series is research materials used for writing articles, and the fourth series are drafts of manuscripts and articles as well as some of Frome’s published works.

The Michael Frome papers span the years 1959-2000. The papers include correspondence, both personal and professional, typescripts for books and articles, published articles by and about Frome, research files, photographs, and cassette tape recordings.

Biographical Note

Noted writer and conservationist Michael Frome was born in New York City May 25, 1920, the son of William and Henrietta (Marks) Frome. 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. Frome began his long and distinguished journalistic career as managing editor of the Main Line Times, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, in 1941. He served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Forces Air Transport Command between 1942 and 1945. 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. 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. 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 where he was the conservation editor and columnist from 1968 to 1974. 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, and Western Outdoors.

In addition to his writing, Frome has also taught 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; and visiting professor at Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, where he developed a program in environmental journalism in 1987. 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.

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 was 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.

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.

Frome, Michael--Archives
Environmental Activism


The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives.

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with Copyright Laws (17 U.S.C.) and any other applicable statutes.

Administrative Information

The papers of Michael Frome were in the possession of Michael Frome until time of donation.

Michael Frome Papers, MG 174, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho

The papers of Michael Frome were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Michael Frome first in six accessions between May 1986 and November 1989 and then sixteen subsequent accessions in May 1990 (MA 1990-16), October 1990 (MA 1990-34), May 1991 (MA 1991-35), March 1992 (MA 1992-13), December 1992 (MA 1992-45), March 1993 (MA 1993-07), December 1994 (MA 1994-32), February 1995 (MA 1995-11), April 1995 (MA 1995-20), May 1995 (MA 1995-26 & MA 1995-31), June 1995 (MA 1995-33), August 1995 (MA 1995-37), June 1997 (MA 1997-18), November 2000 (MA 2000-41), and October 2003 (MA 2003-24).

This collection was processed using the Basic processing method. Some materials were refoldered. The collection was reduced by 9.33 cubic feet.

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