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Guide to the John Strohmeyer Papers
1946-2007

Collection number: HMC-1073.
Creator: Strohmeyer, John, 1924-2010.
Title: John Strohmeyer papers.
Dates: 1946-2007 (bulk 1987-2005)
Volume of collection: 5.0 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials entirely in English.
Collection summary: Papers of John Strohmeyer documenting his work as a journalist and author.

Biographical note:
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist John Strohmeyer’s (1924, June 26-2010, March 3) first experience as a journalist came in 1941, as a night reporter for the Bethlehem-Globe Times.  After graduating high school, Strohmeyer continued to work for the Globe while attending Moravian College. After graduating, Strohmeyer enrolled at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Journalism. In 1956, he returned to Pennsylvania as the editor of the Bethlehem-Globe Times. Strohmeyer won the Pulitzer in 1972, for a series of editorials he wrote on race and labor relations in the city of Bethlehem, Pa.  In 1986, he published his first book Bethlehem in Crisis: Big Steel’s Struggle to Survive. In 1987, Strohmeyer accepted a position as a visiting Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Not long after arriving in Anchorage, he began collecting research for Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska. Originally published in 1993, it details the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay and the building of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. In addition to his teaching duties, he contributed articles and columns for the Anchorage Daily News including a weekly opinion column. Strohmeyer published one more book after Extreme Conditions; Historic Anchorage: An Illustrated History in 2001, in conjunction with the Anchorage Museum. Although never published, Strohmeyer completed a manuscript tentatively titled Empty Nets. Empty Nets investigated the state of fisheries in waters around the United States.

Collection description:
The papers consist mainly of notes, articles, and interviews collected by Strohmeyer in the course of his work as journalist and author while living and working in Anchorage, Alaska. The bulk of the papers, 1987-2008, are materials related to two published works Crisis in Bethlehem: Big Steel’s Struggle to Survive, Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska along with chapter drafts and research for an unpublished book project titled Fish, Avarice, and Politics (referred to as Empty Nets). The earliest materials for Extreme Conditions refer to the book as Alaska for Sale, the original title of the work. The research materials for Extreme Conditions include 49 microcassette tapes containing interviews for the book. Tapes with matching transcripts and correspondence are noted with an asterisk.

There is a significant amount of correspondence in the collection. It is a mix of personal correspondence, letters from readers (of Strohmeyer’s columns and/or books), and a small amount from Strohmeyer’s time at the Bethlehem Globe-Times. Correspondence in arranged chronologically.

The collection contains articles and editorials Strohmeyer wrote while living in Anchorage. The rest of the collection consists of speeches, lectures, and presentations Strohmeyer delivered from 1980-2000. 

Arrangement: The collection has been arranged to reflect Strohmeyer’s work on his books, correspondence, articles, teaching, and speeches. Within these groupings materials are arranged in the order in which they were received by the Archives.

Alternative formats: The collection includes slides, photographs, 7” and 3.5” floppy disks, microcassettes, cassette tapes, and VHS. Microcassette tapes with an asterisk have matching folders containing interview notes and/or transcripts.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Materials in collection not created by John Strohmeyer may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred citation: John Strohmeyer papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by Sylvia Broady in 2010.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jason Sylvestre in 2011.

Container list:

Box/Folder

Description

Date

1/1

Adler & Adler correspondence – Bethlehem in Crisis publication

1986-1988

1/2-1/3

Book correspondence – Bethlehem Steel from readers

1986-1987

1/4

Steel– research material

1987-1995

1/5

Penguin Books correspondence, published Bethlehem in Crisis

1987

1/6-1/7

Reviews of Bethlehem in Crisis

1987-1988

1/8-1/9

Book talk II – Steel Speech, Tokyo, transcript Book publishing speech, review of Bethlehem in Crisis publication, transcript. 

1987-1995

1/10

Simul Press - Japanese publishers of Bethlehem in Crisis correspondence

1988 January 1

1/11

Strohmeyer portrait proofs and negatives

1988

1/12

Steel update, newspaper clippings, interviews, notes and draft of Bethlehem steel article update of book

1992-1994

1/13

Bethlehem in Crisis - publication announcement, correspondence other publicity

1994-1997

1/14

Alaska Construction and Oil: The Remarkable Tyonek Success Story

1968 July, 1990

1/15-1/16

Historic newspaper headlines slides

1971

1/17

Alaska Native Corporations vs.  Alaska National Bank of the North motion for partial summary judgment

1982 July 20

1/18

Alaska newspaper headlines slides

1988

1/19

Calista Corporation “The Calista Region: A Gentle People, A Harsh Life”

1989 February

1/20

Newspaper clippings, research on native Alaskan issues

1990-1991

1/21

Sam McDowell, correspondence (with Attorney regarding use of interview with McDowell) transcripts of public (court) testimony  

1991 June 7

1/22

Congressional Bulletin – Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Covert Operation 102d Congress 2nd session

1992 July

1/23

Strohmeyer North, information on Barrow

1990

1/24-1/25

Cascade Press Promo (publishing house set up to publish paperback of Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska (includes promo for Atwood Book) Extreme conditions book cover mockups, correspondence 

1997-1998

1/26

Oil Spill Aftermath – article, clippings, Extreme Conditions (Big Oil) 3.5” floppy disk (removed)

1998-1999

1/27

Working with Editors for Extreme conditions – Correspondence with editors and legal from Simon and Schuster includes contract for “Alaska for Sale”(Extreme Conditions)

1993-1995

1/28-30

Draft of Alaska for sale (published as Extreme Conditions

undated

1/31

Extreme Conditions Catalog copy (8.5x11” printed version)

1993 June

1/32

Editor critique of Extreme conditions                   

undated

2/1

Extreme Conditions epilogue for revised edition

2002

2/2

Book Publishing Speech, transcript, correspondence, clippings

Undated

2/3

Stuart Krichevsky correspondence (literary agent) includes reviews of Strohmeyer’s books

1990-1997

2/4

Recent Reviews – Extreme Conditions newspaper reviews  

1993

2/5

Book response – Extreme Conditions reviews, clippings, correspondence 

1993-1994

2/6

Slides from Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA)  

1988

2/7-2/8

Extreme Conditions slides (images for book) (2 folders)

1988

2/9

Alaska photograph slides

undated

2/10

Funding inquiries “Anguish of the Natives in Alaska”

1989-1997

2/11

Extreme Conditions proposal, outline

undated

2/12

William C Bishop interview (oil)

1987 July 20

2/13

Hickel – interview summary, speech transcript (Hickel’s?) clipping notes (likely interview)

2008

2/14

Chevron interview Tom Gallagher, Tom Cook,

1989 December 1

2/15

Edgar Paul Boyko interview 

1990 March 8

2/16

Boyd Brown interview  

1989 December 14

2/17

Mary Susan Blomfield interview

1989 September 10

2/18

Daniel Fondell interview

undated

2/19

Cordova interviews, (oil spill)

1991

2/20

Locke Jacobs interview, newspaper photocopies

1992

2/21

Dan Hickey interview

1992 November 23

2/22

Chuck Herbert interview

1990 March 27

2/23

Willie Hensley interview

1990 February 13

2/24

Steven Haycox (“Owning it all in Alaska: The Political Power of A rhetorical paradigm”)

undated

2/25

Research materials – Alaskan oil money

1989

2/26

Walter Hickel interview, correspondence  

1991

2/27

Barrow interviews

1990

2/28

Robert Anderson interview

1990, June 1

2/29

Bethel interviews

1989

2/30

Marvin Mangas interview 

undated

2/31

Gill Mull and Gar Pessel

1989 December 27

2/32

Richard Miller interview notes (interview in Willie Hensley folder) 

undated

2/33

Emil Notti interview

1990, April 18

2/34

Prudhoe trips, leads

1988-1989

2/35

Peggy Renkert article “Art’s funding in Alaska: A question of Culture?” 

1989 April 28

2/36

Jack Roderick interview

1990 October 10

2/37

Pat and Irene Ryan,

1990, February 23

2/38

Virgil Seiser documents, correspondence

1953-1973

2/39

Charles Selman interview

November 11

2/40

Situk River

1990 May

2/41

Jim Taylor interview

1989 December 18

2/42

Jack Walker interview

1990 February 2

2/43

John Kelsey, interview                 

1990 June 11

2/44

Ketchikan trip, research

1990 August 17-20

2/45

Valdez Trip

1990 September 22-24

2/46

Howard Weaver interview

1989 November 1

2/47

Peter Zamerello, research, articles about, clippings

1983-1990

2/48

John Devens interview

1990 June 8

2/49

Richard Fineberg

1989 December 20

2/50

Beyond Denial: The Northeastern Fisheries Crisis, report,

1994 March 29

2/51

New England Fisheries: Planning for the Future

1996

2/52

Magazines Fishing Lines, Audubon

2003 September

2/53

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project

2003 July

2/54-55

Florida – research, fishing stats, Net ban, court case transcript

1996-1997

2/56

Manatees (news clippings about manatee endangerment)

2005-2006

2/57

Cod, articles,

1996-2002

2/58

Book pit (chapter drafts, more research)

 

2007

2/59

Empty Nets finished chapters 1-8, correspondence

2004-2007

2/60

Chapter 2 Newfoundland and Canada, research, clippings

2002

2/61

Chapter 3, Maine research 

1999-2002

2/62

Chapter 5 Gloucester (New England) clippings

1996-2003

2/63

Woods hole, research, interview transcript

2002

2/64

NOAA documents, reports – Status of the Fishery resources off the Northeastern US for 1994

1994

2/65

Empty Nets publisher search

2008-2009

2/66

Empty Nets editorial review

2009 October 8

2/67-2/68

Empty Nets photograph choices, correspondence

2003-2010

2/69

Empty Nets correspondence, publisher search (some posthumously)

2009-2010

2/70

Empty Nets correspondence – wrapping up book project

2010

3/1

Publisher search – Empty Nets correspondence

2005-2006

3/2

Book correspondence – re: An Evaluation of North Pacific Fisheries Management and Governance Systems (publisher search) 

1995-2004

3/3

Matthew Bokovoy correspondence – acquisitions editor U of Oklahoma Press, Fisheries

2000-2008

3/4

Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center (PCCRC) research grant proposal includes CV, part of Fisheries book

2005

3/5

GEO (magazine) correspondence
Strohmeyer fishing photograph

1995 May

3/6

History of Managing Wildlife in Alaska – correspondence, info packets on grant proposal

1997 June

3/7

Strohmeyer fishing

Undated

3/8

Anchorage photographs photocopied (likely for Historic Anchorage: An Illustrated History)

undated

3/9

Historic Anchorage (Strohmeyer book) talk at Anchorage museum, correspondence

1999-2001

3/10

Anchorage outlines, Draft chapters of Historic Anchorage, clippings

2000-2002

3/11

Cook Inlet Pioneer, Anchorage Daily Times – research, clippings

2000

3/12

Historic Anchorage Chapter 2 Sidebars, research material

2000

3/13

Anchorage notes, research,

2000

3/14

Modern Anchorage, notes, clippings

2000

3/15

Anchorage notes

2000

3/16

Obits – Muldoon, Price, Bragaw

undated

3/17

Dwight D Eisenhower correspondence

1949 January 20

3/18

Correspondence, mostly personal correspondence, some from Bethlehem Globe, photographs

1963-2003

3/19

Clippings and correspondence

1966-1969

3/20

Correspondence includes clippings

1983-1994

3/21

Correspondence

1988-1989

3/22

Correspondence (includes sale of Bethlehem Globe, 1991) 

1988-1991

3/23

Correspondence

1993-1994

3/24-3/25

Correspondence

1994-2004

3/26

Ford Motor Company history (correspondence regarding Strohmeyer writing history)

1996

3/27

Correspondence (photographs)

1996-1999

3/28

Correspondence

1999-2002

3/29

Correspondence

2004-2006

3/30-3/32

Correspondence

2005-2006

3/33

Correspondence includes photographs
Strohmeyer vita, biography 1987, autobiography, obituary   

1946, 1987, 1993, 2010

3/34

Citrus County Chronicle biographical piece on Strohmeyer 

2001 February 26

3/35

UAA correspondence – writer in residence, donation receipt correspondence

1989-1996

3/36

Alaska Trip – Strohmeyer’s offer letter for Atwood position, correspondence (photocopy old folder)

1987-1989

3/37-3/38

Photos and awards – some clippings (bio pieces), includes Lehigh honorary degree (2 folders)

1963-1984

3/39

Congressional Record– Pulitzer read into record pg. E5999

1972 June 6

3/40

Nieman Foundation reunion (Harvard)

2005

3/41-3/42

Alaskan corruption article, drafts, publishing attempts

2006-2008

3/43

Strohmeyer articles, about WWII Navy Service

1951, 1999

4/1

Humanities Forum grant proposal (Atwood and statehood) (includes 2008 Strohmeyer CV)

2008

4/2

Atwood biography thoughts, patriot act opinion

2002

4/3

Harper Fact checking – newspaper clippings –Frank Murkowski and Stevens news, environmental and conservation issues in AK

1995-1996

4/4

Harper’s Magazine article “Letter from Alaska” correspondence and drafts 1995

1995

4/5

Wolves articles (hunts) 1998

1998

4/6

Vermont Trial (shooting in Russian River) Strohmeyer’s articles

1993 December

4/7

Ted Steven’s File (recent topics) news items

2005-2008

4/8

Logging  (article clippings)

1996

4/9

Lisa Murkowski column responses to “Senators Letter lacks substance” correspondence

2007 March

4/10

ANWR newspaper clippings , US Fish and Wildlife info pack

1995-1996

4/11

Ken Flynn interview, (running for State Senate district K) newspaper

2004

4/12

Op-ed on McClatchy Corp purchasing Knight Ridder and F. Murkowski asking Anchorage Daily News to tell other papers how to cover ANWR

2006

4/13

Murrow, Edward R. – article, correspondence

2005

4/14

Book review/reviewer Materials, ANWR clippings

2001

4/15

Writing sources –American Press Institute piece

Undated

4/16

Russian River ferry service, (re: fees) correspondence, contracts, newspaper clippings, article draft

1994-1996

4/17

Anchorage Daily Times closing, full papers

1992

4/18

Newspaper clippings, Alaska Native news

1990-1991

4/19

Alaska Press week – panel discussions set up by Strohmeyer, accompanying correspondence

1988

4/20

Evolution of the press (transcript for presentation)

1994 July 15

4/21

Alaska Press history Transcript

1988

4/22

Tours – cruise ship lecture, correspondence, itinerary, transcripts (oil)

1995

4/23

Atwood Lecture series (“see humanities written” on folder) Alaska’s press working for statehood , research materials, transcript

1998, 2000

4/24

Speech nights – correspondence re speeches, newspaper clippings on ANWR, Alaskan environmental issues, partial speech transcripts

1991-1995

4/25

Speeches – (in Pennsylvania) transcripts

1980-1981

4/26

Moravian College speech transcript, correspondence, includes parts of other speeches

1983, 1985-1986

4/27

Moravian Speech – flyer and copy of Moravian College Magazine

1992, 1996

4/28

Moravian college correspondence

1988

4/29

Moravian College – 250th Anniversary speech transcript, correspondence

1990

4/30

Speech at Unitarian Universalist Forum, correspondence, transcript

1998, May

4/31

Polaris lecture series correspondence, transcript, funding, clippings

1997-1998

4/32-4/33

Speaking Engagements, Alaska – transcripts, correspondence, memos,

1987-1988, 1993

4/34

Speeches – transcripts, some duplicates, Extreme Conditions and Bethlehem in Crisis

1981-1993

4/35

Journalism 198 – quiz about “Absence of Malice” film

1986-1987

4/36

University Southern Florida Journalism 3306 syllabus

2001

4/37

Military and the Press – course taught by Atwood and Strohmeyer at Elmendorf, lectures, course materials, syllabus

1990 October 8-24

4/38

Clark University visit and speech, transcript (Oil Spill) correspondence

1989 November

4/39

Lehigh University McFadden Visiting Professor appointment correspondence

1986

4/40

Censorship (issues raised by Lehigh faculty)

1985-1986

4/41

Lehigh University McFadden visiting professor correspondence

1987

4/42

Bethlehem Globe Times contracts

1962-1978

4/43

Sam Komura photographs – Komura and Strohmeyer

undated

4/44

Africa trip slides

1964

Box 5

A/V Material

 

5

3.5” floppy disks (10) Empty Nets

undated

5

Microcassette tapes (49) interviews (mix of Extreme Conditions and Empty Nets)

 

5

Brown II* (side B) Miller I* (side A)

1989 December 14

5

Miller II* (side A) (9/13) Hensly I* (side B) 

1990 February 13

5

Hensly II* (side A) Ryan I* (side B)

1990 February 23

5

Ryan 2* (side A) Ryan 3* Side B)

1990 February 23

5

Selman I* (side A) Selman II* (side B)

undated

5

Jim Fisher (side A) Fisher II (side B)

undated

5

Wright (side A) Wright II (side B)

undated

5

Winkeler I (side A) Winkeler II (side B)

undated

5

Kelsy* (side A and B)

1990 June 11

5

Slama I (side A) Slama II (side B)

undated

5

Knowles (side A and B)

undated

5

Gilbert II (Side A) R. Anderson* (side B)

1990 June 1

5

R. Anderson* (side A) Demay I (side B)

1990 June 1

5

Demay II (Side A)

undated

5

Kerkert III (side A) Devens II* (side B)

1990 June 8

5

Haycock* (side A) Brown I* (side B)

1990

5

Bishop I* (side A)

1987 July 20

5

Flynn (side A)

undated

5

Pautze (side A)

undated

5

Clarence Pautze (side A) Lobo (side B)

undated

5

Florida (side A)

undated

5

Seattle end (side A) Si-Lobo-Kate (side B)

undated

5

Boyko* (side A)

1990 March 8

5

Linbeck (side B)

undated

5

Nancy (side B)

undated

5

ESPE II (side A)

undated

5

N.O. (side B – blank?)

undated

5

6 unlabeled microcassettes

undated

5

B Johnson I (side 1) B Johnson II (side 2)

undated

5

Exxon I (side 1) Mangas* (side 2)

undated

5

West (side 1)

undated

5

Ruthledge (side A and B)

undated

5

Elds (side A & B)

undated

5

Elds (side 1)

undated

5

Mangas 1*(side a) Mangas 2* (side B)

undated

5

AT III (side a)

undated

5

Weaner I (side a) Weaner II (side b)

undated

5

Chevron* (side A & B)

1989 December 1

5

Mangas III* (side A) Rodger (side B)

undated

5

Moore (side A)

undated

5

Henley I (side A) Henley II (side B)

undated

5

Bishop III* (side a) Bishop* (side b)

1987 July 20

5

McCord (side A) Gilbreth (side B)

undated

5

Herbert I* (side A) Herbert II* (side B)

1990 March 27

5

Taylor (side A) Taylor II (side B)

undated

5

Notti 1*(side A) Notti 2* (side B)

1990 April 18

5

Notti 1*(side A) Notti 2* (Side B)

1990 April 18

5

Hensley 4* (side A&B)

1990

5

Johnson (side A) Olson (side B)

undated

5

Mayor (side A)

undated

5

5 Inch floppy disks 9 disks (mostly teaching)
#1 1st semester (UAA)
#2 88 Spring semester
#3 2nd semester 5/6/88
#3 Fall 88-89
Spring 88
Semester I fall 1988
Lehigh Speech, NYT interview
Atwood #2 disk

undated, 1988

5

CD – Combat Fishing on Kenai River

undated

5

The Media and the Law tape 1,2,4,5 – Moravian College audiocassettes

1980 October 4

5

Poisoned Waters: Alaska Natives and the Oil Spill audiocassette

undated

5

Dave Anderson audiocassette

undated

5

The Story of Ketchikan Pulp Company (VHS videocassette)

undated