Chet Huntley Papers, circa 1912-2017  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Huntley, Chet (Chester Robert), 1911-1974
Title
Chet Huntley Papers
Dates
circa 1912-2017 (inclusive)
Quantity
18.0 linear feet and 2 bronze statues
Collection Number
Mss 078 (collection)
Summary
Chet Huntley was a nationally-known television and radio reporter from Montana. This collection includes an array of materials by and about Huntley: biographical information, personal and professional correspondence; scripts written for his radio and television projects, speaking engagements, and news commentary projects; press clippings, primarily spanning his years with NBC; obituaries published in diverse outlets; an extensive photographic collection; a small sampling of news and documentary broadcasts; and some three-dimensional memorabilia. The collection also includes extensive information regarding Huntley's role with the development of Big Sky Resort in Montana.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for creating the original finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Chester Robert Huntley was born in Cardwell, Montana, on December 10, 1911. His parents, Percy "Pat" and Blanche Huntley, claimed a homestead on 960 acres of land near Saco in northern Montana. Percy Huntley was a former railroad telegrapher and Blanche was a schoolteacher. The Huntleys built a one-room schoolhouse on their land so Chet could stay close to home and help work the farm. The early 1920s was a very difficult period for wheat farmers in eastern Montana and Percy returned to a telegraphy position with the Great Northern Railroad. The Huntleys sold their Saco homestead in 1924 and the family moved frequently around southern Montana until 1926. In that year they settled in Whitehall, Montana, where Chet graduated from high school in 1929. Although he began his education at Montana State College in Bozeman with plans to become a physician, Huntley left that school in 1932 when he won a scholarship to study oratory at the Cornish School of Arts in Seattle. The experience altered his career plans, and he graduated from the University of Washington in 1934 with a degree in speech and drama.

During his senior year in Seattle, Huntley began working at radio station KPCB where his duties included advertising sales, news writing, and announcing. This job soon led to reporting positions at other radio stations: KHO in Spokane, Washington; KGW in Portland, Oregon; and KFI in Los Angeles. In 1939 Huntley joined the staff of KNX, the CBS Radio affiliate in Los Angeles. At KNX he began writing and producing short news commentary programs. Huntley continued to pursue news commentary projects under various titles throughout his broadcasting career. From 1951 to 1955 he worked for ABC Radio and Television in Los Angeles. Early in 1955, he was hired by the NBC Pacific Division to work as West Coast commentator and reporter for the Today show. In June 1955, NBC transferred him to their New York headquarters with the promise of a major news program.

His first major national assignment came in 1956 when he covered the Republican and Democratic national conventions with David Brinkley. The pairing drew the highest ratings among the three national networks for convention coverage. In October NBC chose the two men to co-anchor the network's fifteen-minute weekday evening news program. The program had an innovative format with Huntley reporting from New York and Brinkley from Washington DC. In 1963 the Huntley-Brinkley Report became one of the first thirty-minute network news programs. During its fourteen-year tenure the Huntley-Brinkley Report was one of the most professionally recognized and highly rated news programs on television, eventually winning seven Emmy and two Peabody awards. Both Brinkley and Huntley received numerous individual broadcasting awards. Huntley was also involved with several other news programs at NBC. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, he edited and narrated a series of Sunday evening news broadcasts. Variously titled Outlook, NBC Kaleidoscope, and Chet Huntley Reporting, the program presented expanded commentary on various news events and issues. Through most of the 1960s he also wrote and narrated a five-minute NBC radio program of editorial commentary titled Chet Huntley's Perspective on the News, with a weekend equivalent named Emphasis: Plain Talk.

Throughout his career Huntley caused controversy by blurring the lines between news reporting and political commentary. He was a vocal critic of Senator Joseph McCarthy and entertainment industry anti-communism activists. His commentary programs spoke out against internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, advocated school integration in Little Rock, Arkansas, and critiqued the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. Huntley defended his commentary programs by declaring that he never allowed his opinions to influence newscasts; however, one industry critic accused him of editorializing with his eyebrows during the Huntley-Brinkley Report. Huntley precipitated other controversies. As the owner of a Montana cattle ranch, Huntley recorded commercials and accepted speaking engagements to promote the beef industry. These activities generated profuse criticism from other professionals concerned about maintaining the image of broadcasting objectivity and integrity. He caused a rift with David Brinkley in 1967 when Huntley crossed an American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' picket line claiming that news anchors did not belong in the same union as "actors, singers, and dancers."

During the height of his NBC broadcasting career Huntley wrote a memoir of his Montana youth. Random House published The Generous Years: Remembrances of a Frontier Boyhood in 1968. He retired from NBC on July 31, 1970. For the final broadcast of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, Huntley initiated the team's signature closing with the words "Good night, David." However, Brinkley altered form with his response "Good-bye, Chet." Before signing off Huntley addressed a final statement to the television audience, "Be patient and have courage, there will be better and happier news some day, if we work at it."

Huntley met his first wife, Ingrid Eleanor Rolin, while living in Seattle. They were married in 1936, had two daughters, and divorced in 1959. Huntley met his second wife, Lewis Tipton "Tippy" Stringer, in 1959. Tippy was a weather announcer for the DC NBC affiliate. They had no children. Huntley stayed active in retirement, broadcasting commentaries, recording commercials for American Airlines, and contracting with the airline to sponsor a new PBS program The American Experience, a series for which Huntley frequently narrated.

Big Sky, Montana, was Huntley's biggest post-retirement project, both in terms of personal investment and financial scale. The project started as a 15,000-acre resort in the Gallatin Valley of south central Montana that eventually became a permanent community. The primary corporation directing Big Sky development was Chrysler Realty, a conglomeration co-funded by Chrysler Motor Corporation, Conoco Oil, Burlington Northern Railroad, Montana Power Co. and Northwest Airlines. The project included one of the first privately owned ski resorts in the United States. Huntley died of cancer March 20, 1974, in Bozeman, Montana, three days before the opening ceremonies for Big Sky.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes an array of materials by and about Huntley: biographical information, personal and professional correspondence; scripts written for his radio and television projects, speaking engagements, and news commentary projects; press clippings, primarily spanning his years with NBC; obituaries published in diverse outlets; an extensive photographic collection; a small sampling of news and documentary broadcasts; and some three-dimensional memorabilia. The collection also includes extensive information regarding Huntley's role with the Big Sky Resort. Writings include several articles Huntley wrote for magazines and essay collections as well as extensive materials relating to The Generous Years, an autobiographical account of his Montana childhood. Subject files reflect Huntley's varied research interests and clipping files consist of newspaper and magazine articles about Huntley, published through out his professional career and after his death. Big Sky materials include written proposals, correspondence with potential investors, development blue prints, promotional materials, and press clippings. Audio-visual materials include an extensive photographic collection, a small sampling of news and documentary broadcasts, and a few audiotape recordings. Mounted artifacts range from bronze sculptures to framed awards, from appreciation plaques and medals to oversize certificates.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Film reels 78(X):10, 78(X):12, and 78(X):13 were transferred to VHS video during original processing. The VHS tape is designated as 78(X):18.

Audio reel 78(X):7 was transferred to cassette tape at an unknown time. This cassette is designated as 78(X):19.

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright to the portions of the collection in which Huntley held literary rights was transferred to The University of Montana-Missoula.

Preferred Citation

Chet Huntley Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Biographical , 1925-1975Return to Top

0.25 linear feet and partial oversize box

This series includes an array of personal and biographical materials regarding Chet Huntley. Materials include memorabilia from Huntley's various endeavors, items he collected that reflect on his family history, and general biographical documents. Elementary and high school materials include a report card from 1925 and yearbooks ("The Trail") from 1927 and 1929. White House documents in this series consist of two photocopied Nixon Administration staff memos critiquing Huntley's public comments on Administration policies as well as proposing intervention on behalf of the Big Sky Resort development if Huntley would agree to support Montana Republican candidates.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Biographical
1928-1975
1/2
Elementary and high school materials
1925-1929
1/3
'Huntley Family Tree' compiled and written by P.A. Huntley
undated
1/4
University of Washington B.A. Degree
1942
1/5
Press cards NBC, travel documents
1959-1969
1/6
Passports
1959-1969
1/7
Biography from NBC; Huntley, Paxton, Kiker
1968
1/8
Bicentennial Council Appointment
1973
1/9
Clippings, Saco School
undated
1/10
NBC Magazine 1962-1963 Edition "Chet Huntley Reporting"
1/11
NBC Star Album 1964-1965, Souvenir Guide to Television's Finest Schedule of Entertainment, News, Information and Sports
1/12
Presidential election returns chart with message from Chet Huntley
1968
1/13
White House documents regarding Huntley
1970-1971
22OS/1
"Crisis, Conflict and Change in TV News," Look
November 7, 1961
22OS/2
"The Huntley-Brinkley Bandwagon," Electronic Age
Summer, 1970
22OS/3
Article in America, (a publication in Russian, published by USIA)
1967

Series II:  General Correspondence , 1928-1977Return to Top

0.25 linear feet

This series includes incoming and outgoing correspondence with a diverse group of public figures and personal friends. Correspondence regarding Huntley's writing projects (series V) and the Big Sky Resort (series VIII) are located within those series. Materials include correspondence with international, national, and state political leaders, famous journalists and entertainers, well-regarded authors, and other American cultural figures. Some of the most notable individuals in this series are Chung Yum Kim (South Korea), Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Hubert H. Humphrey, Mike Mansfield, Arnold Olsen, Ted Kennedy, Barry Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry M. Jackson, Dean Rusk, George C. Wallace, Tim Babcock, H.G. Merriam, John Chancellor, Vadim Golovanov, Bob Hope, Joan Crawford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mitzi Gaynor, Jack Benny, Douglas Fairbanks, Dick Cavett, A. B. Guthrie, Jr., Lady Bird Johnson, and Mrs. Chester W. Nimitz.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/14
1928-1969
1/15
1970-1973
1/16
1974
1/17
1975-1977
1/18
White House Invitations
1961-1966

Series III:  Radio and TV Scripts , 1942-1974Return to Top

2.5 linear feet

This series includes transcripts from Huntley's radio and television programs. Materials are predominantly narrator copy for news broadcasts but a few interview transcriptions are also present. The contents within this series are arranged conceptually and chronologically. Box one contains general materials from both radio and television broadcasts. Often a definite determination of radio or television broadcast could not be established; thus, materials are arranged chronologically based on the best available date information. Box one also includes a script for "Strange and Terrible Times." The film version of this production, 78(X):15, can be found in the Audio and Moving Pictures series of this collection. Boxes two through six are all radio scripts. Perspective, Emphasis, and Horizons were five-minute editorial commentaries for NBC Radio.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
"A Word for the War"
1942-12-06
2/2
Evening Broadcast
1947-12-23
2/3
Evening Broadcast
1947-12-24
2/4
First Trans-Atlantic Television Broadcast
1962-07-23
2/5
"Seventy Hours and Thirty Minutes" Kennedy Assassination
1963-11
2/6
Commentary on Hatred
1963-11-22
2/7
"Vietnam; War of the Ballot"
1966-09-11
2/8
Second Sunday: Year 2000
1966-12-11
2/9
Will and Ariel Durant Interview
1967-01
2/10
Floyd McKissick Interview
1967-01
2/11
Astronaut Eulogy
1967-02-01
2/12
Matter of Life
1967-03-08
2/13
"The Abundant Land"
1967-08-25
2/14
Commentary on the King Assassination
1968-04-04
2/15
Home Country USA
1968-04-05
2/16
Monitor
1968-11
2/17
Commentary on Lyndon Johnson
1969-01-14
2/18
Monitor
1969-04
2/19
Script for Guideline
1969-08-17
2/20
Script for David Frost Show
1969-09-08
2/21
Last Huntley-Brinkley Report
1970-07-31
2/22
Script for the American Experience Film "The Fabulous Country"
1972
2/23
Script for the American Experience Film "Strange and terrible Times"
undated
2/24
Commentary on Northern Ireland
undated
2/25
Gromyko Interview
undated
2/26
"Yours is the Earth" KGW-TV
undated
2/27
George Polk Memorial Awards
undated
2/28
Family Circle
undated
2/29
Script order forms
undated
2/30
Scripts, Unknown Titles
undated
2/31
Scripts, No Titles
1951-1969
3/1
Perspective
November-December 1968
3/2
Perspective
January 1969
3/3
Perspective
February 1969
3/4
Perspective
March 1969
3/5
Perspective
April 1969
3/6
Perspective
May 1969
3/7
Perspective
June 1969
3/8
Perspective
July 1969
3/9
Perspective
August 1969
3/10
Perspective
September 1969
3/11
Perspective
October 1969
3/12
Perspective
November 1969
3/13
Perspective
December 1969
3/14
Perspective
January 1970
3/15
Perspective
February 1970
3/16
Perspective
March 1970
3/17
Perspective
April 1970
3/18
Perspective
May 1970
3/19
Perspective
June-July 1970
3/20
Emphasis
June 1966
4/1
Emphasis
September 1968
4/2
Emphasis
October 1968
4/3
Emphasis
November 1968
4/4
Emphasis
December 1968
4/5
Emphasis
January 1969
4/6
Emphasis
February 1969
4/7
Emphasis
March 1969
4/8
Emphasis
April 1969
4/9
Emphasis
May 1969
4/10
Emphasis
June 1969
4/11
Emphasis
July 1969
4/12
Emphasis
August 1969
4/13
Emphasis
September 1969
4/14
Emphasis
October 1969
4/15
Emphasis
November 1969
4/16
Emphasis
December 1969
4/17
Emphasis
January 1970
4/18
Emphasis
February 1970
4/19
Emphasis
March 1970
4/20
Emphasis
April 1970
4/21
Emphasis
May 1970
5/1
Horizons
September 1970
5/2
Horizons
October 1970
5/3
Horizons
November 1970
5/4
Horizons
December 1970
5/5
Horizons
January 1971
5/6
Horizons
February 1971
5/7
Horizons
March 1971
5/8
Horizons
April 1971
5/9
Horizons
May 1971
5/10
Horizons
June 1971
5/11
Horizons
July 1971
5/12
Horizons
August 1971
5/13
Horizons
September 1971
5/14
Horizons
October 1971
5/15
Horizons
November 1971
5/16
Horizons
December 1971
5/17
Radio Broadcasts
January 1972
5/18
Radio Broadcasts
February 1972
5/19
Radio Broadcasts
March 1972
6/1
Radio Broadcasts
April 1972
6/2
Radio Broadcasts
May 1972
6/3
Radio Broadcasts
June 1972
6/4
Radio Broadcasts
July 1972
6/5
Radio Broadcasts
August 1972
6/6
Radio Broadcasts
September 1972
6/7
Radio Broadcasts
October 1972
6/8
Radio Broadcasts
November 1972
6/9
Radio Broadcasts
December 1972
6/10
Radio Broadcasts
January 1973
6/11
Radio Broadcasts
February 1973
6/12
Radio Broadcasts
March 1973
6/13
Radio Broadcasts
April 1973
6/14
Radio Broadcasts
May 1973
6/15
Radio Broadcasts
June 1973
7/1
Radio Broadcasts
July 1973
7/2
Radio Broadcasts
August 1973
7/3
Radio Broadcasts
September 1973
7/4
Radio Broadcasts
October 1973
7/5
Radio Broadcasts
November 1973
7/6
Radio Broadcasts
December 1973
7/7
Radio Broadcasts
January 1974
7/8
Radio Broadcasts
February-March 1974

Series IV:  Speeches , 1964-1973 Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains a mixture of typed and handwritten text for speeches Huntley delivered during his career as a newscaster and after retirement. Most documents exhibit editorial changes Huntley inserted up to the moment before delivering the address. Dates are identified in the content description whenever a date could be reliably established. Materials reflect a range of topics from commentary on current events to advocacy for investment proposals.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8/1
Montana Centennial Dinner, Washington D.C.
April 17, 1964
8/2
New Jersey education Association
November 4, 1966
8/3
Acceptance Speech; Distinguished Service Award of 1967, National Association of Broadcasters, Chicago
April 4, 1967
8/4
Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles CA
May 13, 1967
8/5
Rochester Institute of Technology
June 3, 1967
8/6
General Foods National Financial Conference
1968
8/7
"What Do We Say" The Governors Conference on Aging
May 3, 1968
8/8
Dedication of J.E. Corette Steam Electric Plant, Billings
September 22, 1968
8/9
Peace Luncheon
March 1968
8/10
Ninth Annual George Washington Awards Dinner
April 16, 1969
8/11
Dinner at the Cartwheel inn, Bozeman
March 2, 1972
8/12
American Hotel and Motel association, 61st annual Convention, Phoenix AZ
December 7, 1972
8/13
Brand Names Foundation Dinner Pamphlet
1973
8/14
NSBA Convention
April 7, 1973
8/15
FSBA Dinner
May 22, 1973
8/16
National Forum on Growth with Environmental Quality
September 26, 1973
8/17
American Airlines
undated
8/18
Journalism (two drafts)
undated
8/19
Discover America Travel Organization Convention
undated
8/20
Speech given to: Paperboard Packaging Council of America, Chicago, March 27; Communications Explosion, Chicago, March 29; and Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Convention, Boca Raton FL
April 1 no year
8/21
Valentine Nebraska
undated
8/22
Convocation
March 5 no year
8/23
Untitled speeches with multiple drafts
undated
8/24
Hand written drafts
undated
8/25
Speeches with no title
undated
8/26
"Vital Speeches of the Day"
July 15, 1973

Series V:  Writings , 1965-1973 Return to Top

0.75 linear feet and partial oversize box

This series ranges from manuscript materials to magazine and essay collection articles. Chet Huntley's autobiographical account of growing up in rural Montana, The Generous Years, is prominent in this series. Materials include manuscript drafts, production proofs, promotional materials, and book reviews. This series also includes a mixture of drafts and clipped selections Huntley submitted to national magazines and published essay collections. "Somehow it Works" is a bound photo essay produced by NBC News staff, using the 1964 U.S. Presidential election as a focus for reflections on the American political process.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/1
The Generous Years, Original Manuscript pages 1-99
undated
9/2
The Generous Years, Original Manuscript pages 100-158
undated
9/3
The Generous Years, Blue lines
1968
9/4
The Generous Years, Pre-Blue Line Proof
ca. 1968
9/5
The Generous Years, Galley Proofs
1968
9/6
The Generous Years, Galley Proofs
1968
9/7
The Generous Years, Galley Proofs
1968
10/1
The Generous Years, Publicity
1968-1969
10/2
The Generous Years, Publicity, Clippings
1968-1969
10/3
Writing for a piece in Ben Gravers book
March 17, 1967
10/4
Christian Science Monitor
April 6, 1967
10/5
"The World As I See It," Paper for the National Oil Fuel Institute
April 30-May 2, 1968
10/6
Article on retirement for Modern Maturity
December 1970
10/7
Articles printed in New York Times
1970
10/8
Carte Blanche (two articles)
1968
10/9
"The Road to Economic Authoritarianism" by Chet Huntley
undated
10/10
"The Pace of Productivity" an editorial by Chet Huntley
undated
10/11
Paper taken from The Generous Years
undated
10/12
Writing on "Northwest Industrial Development"
undated
10/13
Writing for American Airlines
1973
10/14
Writing for Bob Wogan, untitled
undated
10/15
Untitled writings
undated
22OS/4
The Generous Years, Artwork
undated
22OS/5
Somehow it Works: A Candid Portrait of the 1964 Presidential Election, by Chet Huntley and David Brinkley (and NBC News staff), Doubleday and Company
1965.

Series VI:  Subject , 1964-1973 Return to Top

0.5 linear feet and partial oversize box

Materials in this series are articles, reports, and general documents Huntley collected as an outcome of his professional activities and as research for broadcast scripts and public addresses. The contents of this series reflect some of the most controversial aspects of Huntley's career, such as his opposition to the American Federation of Television Radio Artists (AFTRA) strike and the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into conflict of interest allegations generated by Huntley's concurrent endeavors as a reporter and an investment spokesperson.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
11/1
American Federation of Television Radio Artists strike, documents and correspondence
1967-1970
11/2
American Federation of Television Radio Artists strike, clippings
1967
11/3
FCC vs. Chet, documents and correspondence
1968-1973
11/4
File on Economics
1964-1973
11/5
Handwritten notes on marketing
undated
11/6
Handwritten notes on Apollo II
undated
11/7
Research Material: American Airlines Investors Conference
1972
11/8
Research Material: American Airlines, Presentation FSAB Dinner "Air Freight Services: Future Prospects"
May 15, 1973
11/9
Research Material, general
1968-1973
11/10
Research Material, general
1969-1972
11/11
Research Material, clippings
1968-1972
22OS/6
Research Material: New York Times Magazine
March 5, 1972

Series VII:  Clippings , 1957-1974 Return to Top

1.0 linear feet and partial oversize box

This series includes magazine articles, newspaper columns, and small publications detailing the development of his broadcast career, retirement, economic development projects, and his death. Materials in this series were collected by Chet Huntley, his wife and family, as well as by long time friends. Most of the materials in this series are undated.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
12/1
Editorial Cartoons
undated
12/2
Clippings: Professional I
1957-1964
12/3
Clippings: Professional II
1957-1964
12/4
Clippings: Professional III
1957-1964
12/5
Clippings: Professional IV
1957-1964
12/6
Clippings: Professional V
1957-1964
12/7
Clippings: Professional VI
1957-1964
12/8
Clippings: Professional VII
1957-1964
12/9
Magazine Articles: Writer's Yearbook
1966
12/10
Magazine Articles: Saturday Review
December 28, 1957
12/11
Magazine Articles: Newsweek
March 13, 1961
12/12
Magazine Articles: Carte Blanche
March-April 1968
12/13
Magazine Articles: The New Yorker
August 3, 1968
12/14
Magazine Articles: Pre-Vue Billings Weekly Entertainment Guide
May 31-June 6 1970
12/15
Magazine Articles: Newark! The Magazine for Metropolitan New Jersey
July-August 1970
12/16
Magazine Articles: TV Guide
June 19-25 1965, August 1-7, 1970
12/17
Magazine Articles: True, For Today's Man
August 1970
13/1
Clippings on Huntley's passing
1974
13/2
Clippings on Huntley's passing
1974
13/3
Obits I (newspapers)
1974
13/4
Obits II
1974
13/5
Obits III
1974
13/6
Obits IV
1974
13/7
Obits V
1974
22OS/7
Independent Tribune Presents "Chet Huntley Scrapbook"
1974

Series VIII:  Big Sky Resort , 1965-1975Return to Top

0.5 linear feet and partial oversize box

This series contains materials related to Chet Huntley's involvement with the development of Big Sky Resort south of Bozeman, Montana. Materials include property description documents, a U. S. Geologic Survey topographic map, correspondence, publicity packets generated during several different stages of development, press clippings, and "master plan" packets prepared for potential investorsùsome of the latter are bound and others are in folders. Press clippings include an array of newspaper articles, letters to the editor, and magazine features including a significant amount of material regarding local reactions to the project and protests based on environmental concerns. Written materials on Big Sky consist of handwritten notes reflecting on the Huntley's desire to develop the resort. These notes appear to be a draft speech for an investors' conference. The Lone Mountain Ranch property description includes several embedded photographs. These photographs were retained within the document to preserve their original context.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
14/1
Big Sky Montana General Plan
1970
14/2
Lone Mountain Ranch property description
1969
14/3
Big Sky Resort packet, Deer Lodge Condominiums
undated
14/4
Big Sky Resort packet, general promotional materials
undated
14/5
Big Sky Convention Facilities packet
undated
14/6
Big Sky advertisements and brochures
1975
14/7
Big Sky Clippings I
ca. 1970-1974
14/8
Big Sky Clippings II
ca. 1970-1974
14/9
Big Sky Clippings III
ca. 1970-1974
14/10
Big Sky articles in "The Valley Shopper" local businesses speak out
1970-03
14/11
Big Sky correspondence
1970
14/12
Big Sky, writings
undated
23OS/1
Big Sky: Topographic map prepared by A. Lyford of the USGS
1965
23OS/2
Big Sky Resort Master Plan publication; Chrysler Realty Corporation
1970

Series IX:  Photographs , circa 1920-1974 Return to Top

2.0 linear feet and one oversize box

This series contains 433 photographs spanning Chet Huntley's life, with particular emphasis on his years with NBC News and the development of the Big Sky Resort. Photos 78(IX):178 - (IX):244 & 78(IX):384 - 78(IX):432 are a mixture of family photographs, candid images of Huntley during news broadcasts, and professional promotional glossies. For preservation purposes, photos 78(IX):245 - 78(IX):275 were removed from a photo album titled "Chet Huntley in Dayton February 18, 1969." A photocopy of the album cover is included with photo # 78(IX):245. Photos 78(IX):286 - 78(IX):384 and 78(IX):433 are Big Sky development images. This collection includes modern film negative for the following prints 78(IX):1, 78(IX):5, 78(IX):137, 78(IX):138, 78(IX):142, 78(IX):154, 78(IX):205, 78(IX):289, 78(IX):290, 78(IX):291, 78(IX):292, 78(IX):373, 78(IX):377.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
15/1
78(IX):1: Huntley childhood photo
undated
15/2
78(IX):2: Huntley teenaged portrait
undated
15/3
78(IX):3: "4 Huntley children Peggy, Wadine, Chet, Marian"
undated
15/4
78(IX):4: "Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Huntley 50th wedding anniversary"
undated
15/5
78(IX):5: "Chet and his 2 daughters; Sherry on left, Missy on right holding baby" (Rik Arensmeier. Also in photo are Pat and Blanche Huntley (Chet's parents)
undated
15/6
78(IX):6: "3 generations Chet Sherry Rik (3 weeks)"
undated
15/7
78(IX):7: Chet with daughters Sherry, Missy, Father P.A. Huntley, grandson (3 weeks)
undated
15/8
78(IX):8: Huntley family photo
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15/9
78(IX):9: "Huntley leading man in 'granite'"
undated
15/10
78(IX):10: Mrs. P.. Huntley
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15/11
78(IX):11: Chet with mother
undated
15/12
78(IX):12: young child: Chet?
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15/13
78(IX):13: Huntley with woman in uniform
undated
15/14
78(IX):14: Huntley smoking pipe
undated
15/15
78(IX):15: Huntley behind the mic (ABC)
undated
15/16
78(IX):16: Huntley leaving ABC offices
undated
15/17
78(IX):17: Huntley at a KNX function
undated
15/18
78(IX):18: Huntley shaking hands with two men
undated
15/19
78(IX):19: "Chet Huntley KABC"
undated
15/20
78(IX):20: Chet Huntley at his desk
undated
15/21
78(IX):21: Huntley KGO broadcast
undated
15/22
78(IX):22: Huntley on telephone
undated
15/23
78(IX):23: Huntley ABC broadcast
undated
15/24
78(IX):24: Huntley Radio and Television News Club award
undated
15/25
78(IX):25: "Huntley interviews two GI's after witnessing a nuclear blast"
undated
15/26
78(IX):26: Huntley with two newscasters getting into news car
undated
15/27
78(IX):27: Huntley accepting an award
undated
15/28
78(IX):28: ABC broadcast
undated
15/29
78(IX):29: Huntley ABC broadcast
undated
15/30
78(IX):30: Huntley with two gentleman
undated
15/31
78(IX):31: Huntley accepting an award
undated
15/32
78(IX):32: Huntley accepting Radio and Television News Club award
undated
15/33
78(IX):33: "Chet Huntley" CBS portrait
undated
15/34
78(IX):34: Huntley with two military men
undated
15/35
78(IX):35: "Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Bundy, Chet Huntley"
undated
15/36
78(IX):36: Huntley with singing sailors
undated
15/37
78(IX):37: Huntley early broadcast
undated
15/38
78(IX):38: group shot of Huntley with friends
undated
15/39
78(IX):39: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
15/40
78(IX):40: reviewing scripts
undated
15/41
78(IX):41: Huntley with fresh fish
undated
15/42
78(IX):42: Chet in an interview
undated
15/43
78(IX):43: Chet in an interview
undated
15/44
78(IX):44: Huntley ABC portrait
undated
15/45
78(IX):45: Huntley with two guests in a CBS broadcast
undated
15/46
78(IX):46: Chet with two movie actors
undated
15/47
78(IX):47: Chet in a Marine Corps crash test seat
undated
15/48
78(IX):48: "Chet presented with first edition book"
undated
15/49
78(IX):49: Chet in CBS/KNX broadcast
undated
15/50
78(IX):50: Chet witnessing aircraft recovery
undated
15/51
78(IX):51: Chet in war ship
undated
15/52
78(IX):52: Huntley at his desk
undated
15/53
78(IX):53: Chet at his typewriter
undated
15/54
78(IX):54: "Huntley May 9, 1965 Red Square Kremlin Wall"
15/55
78(IX):55: NBC news correspondents
undated
15/56
78(IX):56: "general election coverage Bozeman Montana"
15/57
78(IX):57: state of Montana address
undated
15/58
78(IX):58: "Chet with Ambrose Brumfield; Reedpoint, Mt"
undated
15/59
78(IX):59: Chet at hotel dinner party
undated
15/60
78(IX):60: Chet at hotel dinner party "Burton wheeler"
undated
15/61
78(IX):61: "Huntley, Howard Kelsey"
undated
15/62
78(IX):62: "Huntley, Battin, Babcock"
undated
15/63
78(IX):63: with group on skis downtown
undated
15/64
78(IX):64: Portrait "Chet Huntley, June 1966" (one copy signed)
15/65
78(IX):65: Huntley NBC broadcast
undated
15/66
78(IX):66: "Chet Huntley and David Brinkley; Nixon Inauguration"
undated
15/67
78(IX):67: Chet Huntley and David Brinkley
undated
15/68
78(IX):68: Huntley at the news desk
undated
15/69
78(IX):69: at the typewriter
undated
15/70
78(IX):70: Huntley reading scripts
undated
15/71
78(IX):71: at his desk writing
undated
15/72
78(IX):72: Huntley and Brinkley at the news desk
undated
15/73
78(IX):73: at the desk typing
undated
15/74
78(IX):74: Huntley, Brinkley and Friends
undated
15/75
78(IX):75: Huntley at the news desk
undated
15/76
78(IX):76: Huntley in a toast
undated
15/77
78(IX):77: Chet Huntley, Mike Mansfield, and distinguished senators
undated
15/78
78(IX):78: "Chet in Paris via satellite 2/28/69 photo taken in NY"
15/79
78(IX):79: "Nelson Rockefeller news briefing"
undated
15/80
78(IX):80: "Fly fishing, July 10, 1961"
1961
15/81
78(IX):81: Fly fishing
undated
15/82
78(IX):82: Chet Huntley and Richard Nixon
undated
15/83
78(IX):83: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
15/84
78(IX):84: Huntley at desk with pipe
undated
15/85
78(IX):85: Huntley at typewriter
undated
15/86
78(IX):86: "Chet Huntley in Africa"
undated
15/87
78(IX):87: "The Animal Kingdom-Philip Barry"
undated
15/88
78(IX):88: Huntley with an un-identified woman
undated
15/89
78(IX):89: Huntley at his typewriter
undated
15/90
78(IX):90: Huntley at his typewriter
undated
15/91
78(IX):91: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
15/92
78(IX):92: Huntley at his typewriter
undated
15/93
78(IX):93: "Huntley-Brinkley report 5/3/65 from London"
15/94
78(IX):94: Huntley at his news desk
undated
15/95
78(IX):95: Huntley going over broadcast script
undated
15/96
78(IX):96: Huntley screenshot
undated
15/97
78(IX):97: "Governor of New Mexico 1968"
15/98
78(IX):98: "Governor of New Mexico 1968"
15/99
78(IX):99: "Queen of Greece"
undated
15/100
78(IX):100: Huntley Brinkley election broadcast
undated
16/1
78(IX):101: "Bosses unfair to Huntley-Brinkley"
undated
16/2
78(IX):102: Huntley, Brinkley, Nixon
undated
16/3
78(IX):103: Huntley-Brinkley "election coverage November 8 1960"
16/4
78(IX):104: "Huntley with then Secretary of Transportation, Volpe June 3, 1969"
1969
16/5
78(IX):105: Huntley reviewing script
undated
16/6
78(IX):106: "Huntley-Brinkley election coverage 1964"
16/7
78(IX):107: Huntley in Saigon "8/25/66"
16/8
78(IX):108: "portrait May 1957"
16/9
78(IX):109: "portrait May 1957"
16/10
78(IX):110: "portrait July 1958"
16/11
78(IX):111: "in control room, December 11, 1957"
1957
16/12
78(IX):112: Huntley with two un-identified women
undated
16/13
78(IX):113: Huntley, Brinkley, Nixon
undated
16/14
78(IX):114: Huntley, Nixon, un-identified woman
undated
16/15
78(IX):115: Huntley with Walter Cronkite
undated
16/16
78(IX):116: Huntley, Brinkley and un-identified man
undated
16/17
78(IX):117: Huntley with Ronald Reagan
undated
16/18
78(IX):118: Huntley with Ronald Reagan
undated
16/19
78(IX):119: Huntley with un-identified men
undated
16/20
78(IX):120: Huntley snapshot
undated
16/21
78(IX):121: "Chet Huntley reporting"
undated
16/22
78(IX):122: "Chet Huntley NBC News"
undated
16/23
78(IX):123: on telephone
undated
16/24
78(IX):124: news portrait
undated
16/25
78(IX):125: Huntley, Brinkley and un-identified woman
undated
16/26
78(IX):126: Huntley with un-identified woman
undated
16/27
78(IX):127: Huntley with un-identified woman
undated
16/28
78(IX):128: at a distinguished dinner
undated
16/29
78(IX):129: Downtown on skis with Rich Riese (Twins baseball player)
undated
16/30
78(IX):130: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
16/31
78(IX):131: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
16/32
78(IX):132: accepting George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award
undated
16/33
78(IX):133: "memorial service Rockefeller Plaza March 26, 1974"
1974
16/34
78(IX):134: "memorial service Rockefeller Plaza March 26, 1974"
1974
16/35
78(IX):135: NBC Chet Huntley "The fabulous Country" portrait
undated
16/36
78(IX):136: American Airlines speech
undated
16/37
78(IX):137: Huntley final broadcast "Chet and Tippy at NBC desk"
undated
16/38
78(IX):138: Huntley KFI broadcast (early years)
undated
16/39
78(IX):139: Huntley-Brinkley at news desk
undated
16/40
78(IX):140: Huntley-Brinkley at cow palace
undated
16/41
78(IX):141: ABC "11/4/52"
16/42
78(IX):142: Relaxing at home
undated
16/43
78(IX):143: reviewing script
undated
16/44
78(IX):144: "Huntley and Joe Oexle Kremlin Tower May 9, 1965"
1965
16/45
78(IX):145: "May 9, 1965 in Red Square"
1965
16/46
78(IX):146: "May 9, 1965 in Red Square"
1965
16/47
78(IX):147: Huntley "contemplating script" on Navy vessel
undated
16/48
78(IX):148: Huntley in interview
undated
16/49
78(IX):149: Huntley snapshot
undated
16/50
78(IX):150: "In front of Kremlin"
undated
16/51
78(IX):151: "May 9, 1965 in Red Square"
1965
16/52
78(IX):152: "May 9, 1965 in front of Kremlin Wall"
1965
16/53
78(IX):153: "Huntley in bib overalls, 1923"
1923
16/54
78(IX):154: Huntley broadcasting
undated
16/55
78(IX):155: Huntley with two un-identified people
undated
16/56
78(IX):156: Huntley NBC accepting award
undated
16/57
78(IX):157: reviewing script
undated
16/58
78(IX):158: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
16/59
78(IX):159: Huntley during broadcast
undated
16/60
78(IX):160: Huntley on camera from Navy Vessel
undated
16/61
78(IX):161: Huntley back yard portrait
undated
16/62
78(IX):162: sitting in back yard
undated
16/63
78(IX):163: broadcast from back yard
undated
16/64
78(IX):164: Huntley-Brinkley: Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award
undated
16/65
78(IX):165: Huntley being congratulated
undated
16/66
78(IX):166: In the control room
undated
16/67
78(IX):167: in thought
undated
16/68
78(IX):168: Huntley-Brinkley broadcast
undated
16/69
78(IX):169: reviewing script
undated
16/70
78(IX):170: Huntley broadcast: screenshot
undated
16/71
78(IX):171: Huntley broadcast: screenshot
undated
16/72
78(IX):172: portrait "Tippy I Love You"
undated
16/73
78(IX):173: pencil sketch of Huntley and Brinkley
undated
16/74
78(IX):174: pencil sketch of Brinkley
undated
16/75
78(IX):175: pencil sketch of Brinkley
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16/76
78(IX):176: pencil sketch of Huntley
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16/77
78(IX):177: in thought
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16/78
78(IX):178: pencil sketch of Huntley
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16/79
78(IX):179: pencil sketch of Huntley and Brinkley
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16/80
78(IX):180: pencil sketch of Huntley and Brinkley
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16/81
78(IX):181: pencil sketch of Huntley and Brinkley
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16/82
78(IX):182: pencil sketch of Huntley and Brinkley
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16/83
78(IX):183: pencil sketch of Huntley and Brinkley
undated
16/84
78(IX):184: Huntley in thought
undated
16/85
78(IX):185: January 1967; Huntley with two un-identified elders
16/86
78(IX):186: portrait Chet Huntley
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16/87
78(IX):187: portrait Chet Huntley
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16/88
78(IX):188: Huntley Brinkley broadcasting
undated
16/89
78(IX):189: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
16/90
78(IX):190: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
16/91
78(IX):191: Huntley-Brinkley with two un-identified men
undated
16/92
78(IX):192: "Huntley school house restored: Saco, Montana"
undated
16/93
78(IX):193: Huntley early broadcast
undated
16/94
78(IX):194: Huntley in an early NBC interview
undated
16/95
78(IX):195: joking with co-workers
undated
16/96
78(IX):196: candid shot of Huntley
undated
16/97
78(IX):197: CBS Huntley with two un-identified men
undated
16/98
78(IX):198: broadcasting during an early war
undated
16/99
78(IX):199: "weather reports from the stratosphere: Huntley, Dr. Irving Krick, Associate Yuan, Dr. Carl Anderson"
undated
16/100
78(IX):200: accepting award
undated
17/01
78(IX):201: "Randolph Scott, Walter Brennen"
undated
17/02
78(IX):202: 1938 broadcast
17/03
78(IX):203: "staff softball game 1940"
17/04
78(IX):204: "P-61 Nightfighter aerial shot"
undated
17/05
78(IX):205: Huntley Brinkley reporting
undated
17/06
78(IX):206: Huntley with 5 un-identified men
undated
17/07
78(IX):207: March of Dimes
undated
17/08
78(IX):208: reporting from a Navy vessel
undated
17/09
78(IX):209: interview from a Navy ship
undated
17/10
78(IX):210: KNX photo
undated
17/11
78(IX):211: "Thomas Lee Army Air Force pilot B-25"
undated
17/12
78(IX):212: P-61
undated
17/13
78(IX):213: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
17/14
78(IX):214: broadcasting
undated
17/15
78(IX):215: crash test simulator
undated
17/16
78(IX):216: Huntley with two government officials
undated
17/17
78(IX):217: interview with un-identified man
undated
17/18
78(IX):218: construction of dam
undated
17/19
78(IX):219: KNX photo interview
undated
17/20
78(IX):220: broadcasting with two other men
undated
17/21
78(IX):221: "George Armistead and Chet Huntley February 6, 1945"
1945
17/22
78(IX):222: dam construction
undated
17/23
78(IX):223: CBS military broadcast
undated
17/24
78(IX):224: portrait David Brinkley
undated
17/25
78(IX):225: "last night at NBC 1970"
17/26
78(IX):226: "last night at NBC 1970"
17/27
78(IX):227: "last night at NBC 1970"
17/28
78(IX):228: "last night at NBC 1970"
17/29
78(IX):229: UVALDE chamber of commerce award
undated
17/30
78(IX):230: Melvin Rowland and Chet Huntley UVALDE Honorary Mayor Chet Huntley
undated
17/31
78(IX):231: Huntley accepting award
undated
17/32
78(IX):232: Huntley in group photo
undated
17/33
78(IX):233: "Huntley-Reagan 1968 Republican Convention L.A." I
17/34
78(IX):234: "Huntley-Reagan 1968 Republican Convention L.A." II
17/35
78(IX):235: "Huntley-Reagan 1968 Republican Convention L.A." III
17/36
78(IX):236: "Huntley-Reagan 1968 Republican Convention L.A." IV
17/37
78(IX):237: "Huntley-Reagan 1968 Republican Convention L.A." V
17/38
78(IX):238: "Huntley-Reagan 1968 Republican Convention L.A." VI
17/39
78(IX):239: "Huntley-Reagan 1968 Republican Convention L.A." VII
17/40
78(IX):240: "Huntley-Reagan 1968 Republican Convention L.A." VIII
17/41
78(IX):241: Huntley-Brinkley JFK Oval Office I
undated
17/42
78(IX):242: Huntley-Brinkley JFK Oval Office II
undated
17/43
78(IX):243: Huntley-Brinkley JFK Oval Office III
undated
17/44
78(IX):244: Huntley-Brinkley JFK Oval Office V
undated
17/45
78(IX):245: arriving from airplane
1969
17/46
78(IX):246: greetings arriving in Dayton
1969
17/47
78(IX):247: greetings arriving in Dayton
1969
17/48
78(IX):248: meeting
1969
17/49
78(IX):249: meeting "Don Dahlman"
1969
17/50
78(IX):250: "The Phil Donahue Show" I
1969
17/51
78(IX):252: "The Phil Donahue Show" II
1969
17/52
78(IX):253: "The Phil Donahue Show" III
1969
17/53
78(IX):254: "The Phil Donahue Show" IV
1969
17/54
78(IX):255: "The Phil Donahue Show" V
1969
17/55
78(IX):256: "luncheon at the Statler" I
1969
17/56
78(IX):257: "luncheon at the Statler" I
1969
17/57
78(IX):258: "luncheon at the Statler" III
1969
17/58
78(IX):259: "luncheon at the Statler" IV
1969
17/59
78(IX):260: "luncheon at the Statler" V Mayor Hall
1969
17/60
78(IX):261: "The News" I Huntley/Phil Donahue/Ed Hamlyn
1969
17/61
78(IX):262: "The News" II Ed Hamlyn
1969
17/62
78(IX):263: "The News" III
1969
17/63
78(IX):264: "The News" IV
1969
17/64
78(IX):265: "The News" V
1969
17/65
78(IX):266: "NCR Auditorium" I
1969
17/66
78(IX):267: "NCR Auditorium" II
1969
17/67
78(IX):268: "NCR Auditorium" III
1969
17/68
78(IX):269: "NCR Auditorium" IV
1969
17/69
78(IX):270: "NCR Auditorium" V
1969
17/70
78(IX):271: "A Day In Dayton" I
1969
17/71
78(IX):272: "A Day In Dayton" II with Phil Donahue
1969
17/72
78(IX):273: "A Day In Dayton" III with Phil Donahue
1969
17/73
78(IX):274: "A Day In Dayton" IV
1969
17/74
78(IX):275: "A Day In Dayton" V
1969
17/75
78(IX):276: portrait of a newscaster
undated
17/76
78(IX):277: NBC Photo 1967 portrait un-identified man
undated
17/77
78(IX):278: NBC Photo 1967 portrait un-identified man & woman
undated
17/78
78(IX):279: NBC Photo 1967 portrait un-identified man
undated
17/79
78(IX):280: NBC Photo 1967 portrait un-identified woman
undated
17/80
78(IX):281: NBC Photo 1967 portrait un-identified man
undated
17/81
78(IX):282: NBC Photo 1967 portrait un-identified woman
undated
17/82
78(IX):283: NBC Photo 1967 portrait un-identified man & woman
undated
17/83
78(IX):284: Huntley-Brinkley JFK Oval Office IV
undated
17/84
78(IX):285: cleaning fish
undated
17/85
78(IX):286: Big Sky in the lodge gift shop
undated
17/86
78(IX):287: Big Sky big sky condos
undated
17/87
78(IX):288: Big Sky big sky condos
undated
17/88
78(IX):289: Big Sky ranch house log cabin home
undated
17/89
78(IX):290: Big Sky 17 people looking at building plans
undated
17/90
78(IX):291: Big Sky "Arnold Palmer 'Golf talk'"
undated
17/91
78(IX):292: Big Sky Arnold Palmer in design phase over diorama
undated
17/92
78(IX):293: Big Sky group shot; US ski team hopefuls
undated
17/93
78(IX):294: Big Sky deer
undated
17/94
78(IX):295: Big Sky landscape shot of the mountain
undated
17/95
78(IX):296: Big Sky landscape shot of the mountain
undated
17/96
78(IX):297: Big Sky inspecting building plans
undated
17/97
78(IX):298: Big Sky the building phase
undated
17/98
78(IX):299: Big Sky looking over building plans
undated
17/99
78(IX):300: Big Sky landscape shot of the mountain
undated
18/1
78(IX):301: Big Sky color landscape shot of the mountain
undated
18/2
78(IX):302: Big Sky building going up
undated
18/3
78(IX):303: Big Sky the ranch
undated
18/4
78(IX):304: Big Sky building going up
undated
18/5
78(IX):305: Big Sky building going up
undated
18/6
78(IX):306: Big Sky church at Big Sky
undated
18/7
78(IX):307: Big Sky top of the chairlift
undated
18/8
78(IX):308: Big Sky the gondola
undated
18/9
78(IX):309: Big Sky 3 people on horseback
undated
18/10
78(IX):310: Big Sky getting on the chairlift
undated
18/11
78(IX):311: Big Sky Arnold Palmer/Chet Huntley
undated
18/12
78(IX):312: Big Sky fresh turns in powder
undated
18/13
78(IX):313: Big Sky landscape shot
undated
18/14
78(IX):314: Big Sky landscape shot dirt road
undated
18/15
78(IX):315: Big Sky fresh turns in powder
undated
18/16
78(IX):316: Big Sky "Chet fly fishing the Yellowstone"
undated
18/17
78(IX):317: Big Sky "welcome to Bozeman March 1970"
18/18
78(IX):318: Big Sky gondola
undated
18/19
78(IX):319: Big Sky "Lone Peak triple chair"
undated
18/20
78(IX):320: Big Sky "Andesite double chair"
undated
18/21
78(IX):321: Big Sky "Après ski Activities Jimmers bar"
undated
18/22
78(IX):322: Big Sky "Lookout cafeteria"
undated
18/23
78(IX):323: Big Sky "Mountain Village hostel"
undated
18/24
78(IX):324: Big Sky "Cross Dam to Mountain Village - Deer Lodge Condominiums"
undated
18/25
78(IX):325: Big Sky "administration houses and employee housing"
undated
18/26
78(IX):326: Big Sky "The Huntley lodge"
undated
18/27
78(IX):327: Big Sky "Teepee trading Post"
undated
18/28
78(IX):328: Big Sky fly fisherman netting fish
undated
18/29
78(IX):329: Big Sky golf tee shot
undated
18/30
78(IX):330: Big Sky Big Sky lodging
undated
18/31
78(IX):331: Big Sky Big Sky-summer lodging
undated
18/32
78(IX):332: Big Sky Big Sky-art gathering
undated
18/33
78(IX):333: Big Sky trap shooting
undated
18/34
78(IX):334: Big Sky basketball game
undated
18/35
78(IX):335: Big Sky enjoying the comforts of a lodge
undated
18/36
78(IX):336: Big Sky corral
undated
18/37
78(IX):337: Big Sky playing pool at the lodge
undated
18/38
78(IX):338: Big Sky Big Sky golf
undated
18/39
78(IX):339: Big Sky Big Sky tennis
undated
18/40
78(IX):340: Big Sky Big Sky skiing
undated
18/41
78(IX):341: Big Sky Big Sky luncheon
undated
18/42
78(IX):342: Big Sky dinner buffet
undated
18/43
78(IX):343: Big Sky skiing the mountaintop
undated
18/44
78(IX):344: Big Sky riding the chairlift
undated
18/45
78(IX):345: Big Sky fresh ski turns in powder
undated
18/46
78(IX):346: Big Sky The Lodge at Big Sky Montana
undated
18/47
78(IX):347: Big Sky approaching Big Sky
undated
18/48
78(IX):348: Big Sky "Big Sky Information center VPM Reservations & Real Estate Offices"
undated
18/49
78(IX):349: Big Sky "start Silver Bow 1971"
18/50
78(IX):350: Big Sky "Meadow Village commercial"
undated
18/51
78(IX):351: Big Sky "winter in Meadow Village commercial"
undated
18/52
78(IX):352: Big Sky "summer in Meadow Village commercial"
undated
18/53
78(IX):353: Big Sky "Silver Bow I & II"
undated
18/54
78(IX):354: Big Sky "Black Otter Lodge"
undated
18/55
78(IX):355: Big Sky "Meadow Village Hostel"
undated
18/56
78(IX):356: Big Sky "Montana Power sub-station"
undated
18/57
78(IX):357: Big Sky "Meadow Village Homes and glacier"
undated
18/58
78(IX):358: Big Sky "Broadwater I"
undated
18/59
78(IX):359: Big Sky "Yellowstone and Golf Course"
undated
18/60
78(IX):360: Big Sky tennis courts
undated
18/61
78(IX):361: Big Sky "Lone Mountain Guest Ranch Cabin"
undated
18/62
78(IX):362: Big Sky "Lone Mountain Guest ranch"
undated
18/63
78(IX):363: Big Sky Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride
undated
18/64
78(IX):364: Big Sky "Camper village commercial"
undated
18/65
78(IX):365: Big Sky "Camper Village sites"
undated
18/66
78(IX):366: Big Sky "mobile home park"
undated
18/67
78(IX):367: Big Sky "medical clinic"
undated
18/68
78(IX):368: Big Sky "Ski the Sky Balloon"
undated
18/69
78(IX):369: Big Sky "cross country skiing"
undated
18/70
78(IX):370: Big Sky The 'Big Sky Montana' sign
undated
18/71
78(IX):371: Big Sky "Meadow Village 1970"
18/72
78(IX):372: Big Sky "Crail ranch 1970"
18/73
78(IX):373: Big Sky Chet outdoor portrait leaning against the fence
undated
18/74
78(IX):374: Big Sky inside the lodge
undated
18/75
78(IX):375: Big Sky Lone Mountain ranch Sleigh ride; color
undated
18/76
78(IX):376: Big Sky Lone Mountain landscape shot
undated
18/77
78(IX):377: Big Sky Chet Huntley and Big Sky Montana sign
undated
18/78
78(IX):378: Big Sky in the lodge gift shop
undated
18/79
78(IX):379: Big Sky ranch
undated
18/80
78(IX):380: Big Sky ranch
undated
18/81
78(IX):381: Copy Negative: Huntley portrait signed
undated
18/82
78(IX):382: Big Sky "water storage tank"
undated
18/83
78(IX):383: Big Sky Big Sky hot air ballooning
undated
18/84
78(IX):384: Huntley, Nixon and Mrs Nixon
undated
18/85
78(IX):431: Autographed photo, Chet Huntley and Nelson Rockefeller undated
18/86
78(IX):432: Northern Pacific Wrecking Crain
undated
18/87
78(IX):433: Big Sky planning session
undated
24OS/1
78(IX):385: Huntley Brinkley at the news desk
undated
24OS/2
78(IX):386: 69-12-16, cartoon photograph
undated
24OS/3
78(IX):387: Huntley playing with a child
undated
24OS/4
78(IX):388: Huntley playing with a child
undated
24OS/5
78(IX):389: getting ready to go on camera
undated
24OS/6
78(IX):390: boarding airplane
undated
24OS/7
78(IX):391: Huntley Brinkley on the set
undated
24OS/8
78(IX):392: at the typewriter
undated
24OS/9
78(IX):393: on assignment
undated
24OS/10
78(IX):394: on assignment
undated
24OS/11
78(IX):395: on assignment
undated
24OS/12
78(IX):396: portrait of Huntley at the news desk
undated
24OS/13
78(IX):397: Huntley smoking pipe
undated
24OS/14
78(IX):398: boarding airplane
undated
24OS/15
78(IX):399: Huntley and Brinkley at the news desk
undated
24OS/16
78(IX):400: Huntley at the news desk
undated
24OS/17
78(IX):401: Huntley at the news desk (reversed)
undated
24OS/18
78(IX):402: "New York Herald Tribune photograph"
undated
24OS/19
78(IX):403: "New York Herald Tribune photograph"
undated
24OS/20
78(IX):404: on location
undated
24OS/21
78(IX):405: office meeting
undated
24OS/22
78(IX):406: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
24OS/23
78(IX):407: color portrait Chet Huntley
undated
24OS/24
78(IX):408: election night 1964
undated
24OS/25
78(IX):409: Huntley playing with child
undated
24OS/26
78(IX):410: portrait chet Huntley
undated
24OS/27
78(IX):411: sleeping at the airport
undated
24OS/28
78(IX):412: election night 1964
undated
24OS/29
78(IX):413: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
24OS/30
78(IX):414: Huntley Brinkley on the set election coverage 1966
24OS/31
78(IX):415: election night 1964
undated
24OS/32
78(IX):416: political cartoon photo I
undated
24OS/33
78(IX):417: political cartoon photo II
undated
24OS/34
78(IX):418: political cartoon photo III
undated
24OS/35
78(IX):419: political cartoon photo IV
undated
24OS/36
78(IX):420: political cartoon photo V
undated
24OS/37
78(IX):421: portrait Chet Huntley
undated
24OS/38
78(IX):422: Huntley Brinkley portrait drawn on city bench
undated
24OS/39
78(IX):423: political cartoon photo VI
undated
24OS/40
78(IX):424: political cartoon photo VII
undated
24OS/41
78(IX):425: political cartoon photo VIII
undated
24OS/42
78(IX):426: political cartoon photo IX
undated
24OS/43
78(IX):427: political cartoon photo X
undated
24OS/44
78(IX):428: Big Sky Panarama
undated
24OS/45
78(IX):429: Chet Huntley posing at Big Sky Montana sign II
undated
24OS/46
78(IX):430: Autographed photo, "Admiral C.W. Nimitz at the surrender of the Japanese, Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945"
1945

Series X:  Audio and Moving Images , 1963-1974 and undatedReturn to Top

1.0 linear feet

This series contains materials from several different media formats ranging from audiocassette tapes to 16 mm film reels. Contents include materials Huntley created during his broadcasting career, materials he collected for personal interest, as well as items of appreciation and memorial. Items 78(X):1 through 78(X):5 are LPs; 78(X):6 is an audio cassette of unknown relationship to Chet Huntley; 78(X):7 and 78(X):8 are reel-to-reel audio tapes; 78(X):9 through 78(X):16 are 16mm film; 78(X):17 is a Fairchild Moviepak Seventy 10 cassette (single-sided film within a cassette case), and 78(X):18 is a VHS cassette duplicating materials on film reels 78(X):10, 78(X):12, and 78(X):13. Items 78(X):19 through 78(X):24 are audio cassettes and reel-to-reel audio tapes that were added to this collection in 2017. Items 78(X):26 through 78(X):29 were donated as part of accession 2019-003.

The series is divided into two subseries: Audio only, and Audio and Moving Images.
Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Audio Only
Box
21
78(X):1: "I'm in Love with Huntley and Brinkley," Serenade Records
undated
21
78(X):2: Interview with Mrs. P. A. Huntley (Blanche Huntley, Chet's mother), one year after "The Land"
undated
21
78(X):3: "The Sound of the Crusade," The New York Conference of the Methodist Church
undated
21
78(X):4: "Huntley Piano," Mrs. Huntley
undated
21
78(X):5: Radio Moscow
undated
21
78(X):6: Mayor Daley, Chicago city council/interviews with Chicago residents
1971-07-20
21
78(X):7: Chet Huntley on "Today" Show
1970-07-31
21
78(X):8: Interview with Chet Huntley's mother (Blanche Huntley)
1963-05-12
21
78(X):19: Cassette tape copy of materials on audio reel 78(X):7
A tape counter index accompanies the audio. The index was created by Archives and Special Collections.
1970-07-31
21
78(X):20: NBC News Obituaries
Individual newscasts by the following: John Chancellor, Edwin Newman, David Brinkley.A tape counter index, created by Archives and Special Collections, accompanies the audio.
circa 1974
21
78(X):21: Huntley news reports on Latin America and U.S./Great Britain progressivism
A tape counter index, created by Archives and Special Collections, accompanies the audio.
undated
21
78(X):22: Huntley news reports
A tape counter index, created by Archives and Special Collections, accompanies the audio.
1974
21
78(X):23: Newsbreak obituary
Charles Osgood reports on Chet Huntley's deathA tape counter index, created by Archives and Special Collections, accompanies the audio.
1974-03-21
21
78(X):24: Chet Huntley World War II News Broadcasts, Tape 1
Huntley's broadcasts about World War II that originally aired in 1943 and 1944. Compliations of these broadcasts were created by the Milo Ryan Phonoarchives, School of Communications, University of Washington.A tape counter index, created by Archives and Special Collections, accompanies the audio.
1971-06-11
21
78(X):25: Chet Huntley World War II News Broadcasts, Tape 1
Huntley's broadcasts about World War II that originally aired in 1943 and 1944. Compliations of these broadcasts were created by the Milo Ryan Phonoarchives, School of Communications, University of Washington.A tape counter index, created by Archives and Special Collections, accompanies the audio.
1971-06-11
21
78(X):26: Chet Huntley’s “Montana”
45 RPM LP Record
undated
21
78(X):27: Chet Huntley Presents Best of Washington Humor
LP Record
1963
21
78(X):28: Wall Street Speaks to Chet Huntley
LP Record
1963
21
78(X):29: Chet Huntley Talks About Pennzoil
45 RPM LP Record
circa 1969
Subseries 2: Audio and Moving Images
78(X):9: Big Sky, Construction of ski village and ski runs. Winter, snow on ground.
2:00 silent color.
November 1973
78(X):10: NBC Nightly News Obit
John Chancellor, featuring David Brinkley. Includes Huntley's network news farewell.
1974
78(X):11: SOF interview at Big Sky Resort, Interviewer Rita Shaw
9:43 Silent color.
November 11, 1973
78(X):12: Today, Obit
Featuring Frank Reynolds, Walter Cronkite, Edwin Newman.
1974
78(X):13: "What Happened to Chet Huntley?" Huntley's last interview on Broadcast Journalism, Interviewer Dick Hawkins
1973
78(X):14: The American Experience, "Faiths of Our Fathers" - narrated by Huntley
16:00 Sound Color. (featuring Christopher Walken as H.D. Thoreau)
undated
78(X):15: The American Experience, "Strange and Terrible Times" - narrated by Huntley. Sound Color.
undated
78(X):16: "The Quiet War," - narrated by Huntley, a report on cancer research at the University of Chicago, 26:00, sound and color
undated
Box
21
78(X):17: Chet Huntley on Big Sky real estate, 8mm original and DVD duplicate
1972
21
78(X):18: VHS copy of materials on film reels 78(X):10, 78(X):12, and 78(X):13
1973-1974

Series XI:  Awards, Memorials, and Memorabilia , 1954-1974Return to Top

6.0 linear feet

The materials in this series include mounted plaques, medallions, certificates of award and appreciation, honorary degrees, and memorial declarations bestowed upon Chet Huntley as a result of his professional career as well as one item of memorabilia. Three items in this series were bestowed with a parchment certificate. The one item of memorabilia in this series is a button inscribed with "Goodnight David, Goodnight Goliath," relating to Huntley's retirement from NBC News.

In 2018, box OS27 was renumbered as box 19.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
19
78(XI):13: American Hungarian Studies Foundation, George Washington Award
1970
19
78(XI):14: George Foster Peabody Radio Award
1954
19
78(XI):15: University of Missouri, Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism
undated
19
78(XI):16: Peace medal, unknown context
undated
19
78(XI):17: "Goodnight David, Goodnight Goliath" button
undated
19
78(XI):18: American Legion Auxiliary, Golden Mike Award
1960
25
78(XI):19: Overseas Press Club of America, Best Radio or TV Interpretation of Foreign Affairs
1958
25
78(XI):20: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of News
1961-1962
Box/Folder
20/1
Order of the Grizzly Award, University of Montana
1966
20/2
Adelphi University, Achievement Award
undated
20/3
American Hungarian Studies Foundation, George Washington Award
Corresponds with 78(XI):13
1970
20/4
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Achievement in Coverage of Special Events (nomination)
1969-1970
20/5
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Achievement within Regularly Scheduled News Programs (nomination)
1969-1970
20/6
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Achievement in News Documentary Programming (nomination)
1969-1970
20/7
Boston University - Honorary Doctorate of Letters (Literature)
1962
20/8
Franklin & Marshall - Honorary Doctorate of Literature
1964
20/9
California Association of Secondary School Administrators - Certificate of contributing membership
undated
20/10
Los Angeles Alumnae of Theta Sigma Phi - Certificate of Special Recognition
1954
23OS/3
George Foster Peabody Radio Award
Corresponds with 78(XI):14
1954
23OS/4
Alfred I. Dupont Awards Foundation, Commentator Award
1956
23OS/5
Memorial to Chet Huntley from Directors of Big Sky
1974
23OS/6
Robert E. Sherwood Award
1958
23OS/7
Overseas Press Club of America, Certificate of Appreciation
undated
23OS/8
International University of Communications, Master of Arts
1974
23OS/9
George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award
1969
23OS/10
International Radio and Television Society Inc., Broadcaster of the Year Award
Corresponds with 78(XI):3
1970
23OS/11
Credit Union National Association Memorial/Resolution
1974
23OS/1
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Commission
1962
Box
25
78(XI):1: Broadcast Advertising Club of Chicago Award of Merit
1968
26OS
78(XI):2: Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at New York, Outstanding Contribution to Television News and Public Affairs
1961
26OS
78(XI):3: International Radio and Television Society Inc. Broadcaster of the Year Award
1970
26OS
78(XI):4: National Association of Broadcasters, Distinguished Service Award
1967
25
78(XI):5: University of Southern California School of Journalism and Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award of the Year
1960
25
78(XI):6: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of News
1959-1960
25
78(XI):7: Overseas Press Club of America, Best Radio or TV Interpretation of Foreign Affairs
1957
25
78(XI):8: Boston University, Sigma Delta Chi, "Outstanding Broadcast Journalism" award
1965
25
78(XI):9: Finlandia Foundation, N.Y. Metropolitan Chapter, Inc., Arts and Letters Award
1962
25
78(XI):10: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 25th Anniversary Award
1972
25
78(XI):11: Institute of Human Relations, Mass Media Award
1970
25
78(XI):12: TV Guide Plaque
undated

Series XII:  Artwork , ca 1950s and 1972Return to Top

3 items

This series includes two bronze sculptures of Chet Huntley. The Chrysler Realty Corporation commissioned these sculptures in preparation for the opening of the Big Sky Resort. Derek Wernher completed the sculptures in 1972. In 2018 a sketch by American illustrator Leo Hershfield was moved from the 'biographical' folder in Series I to this series.

Container(s) Description Dates
78(XII):1: Bronze sculpture, Chet Huntley in sheep skin coat
1972
78(XII):2: Bronze sculpture, Chet Huntley leaning on a fence rail
1972
Box/Folder
1/19
Portrait of a Senator [Mike Mansfield] by Leo Hershfield
Inscribed: For Tippy who asked for drawing of her favorite Senator who happens to be one of mine, too.
circa 1960s

Series XIII:  Accession 2019-003 Return to Top

2.5 linear feet

The materials in this series were donated to Archives and Special Collections in 2018 by Sharon Huntley Kahn, Chet Huntley's daughter, and include materials compiled by Kahn and materials given to Kahn by Tippy Huntley.

Materials in this series were organized by broad topic. Folders for each topic were then arranged chronologically. Audio recordings donated with this accession were placed into Series X.
Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
OS 29/2
Personal: Scrapbook Pages (probably compiled by his mother)
1929-1960
27/1
Personal: Autograph Book (Going Away Gift) From Work Colleagues
circa 1936
27/2
Personal: Chet Huntley, Tipton Stringer Marriage Announcement and Clippings
1959
27/3
Personal: Promotional Materials for Chet Huntley
undated
27/4
Personal: Memorial Reception and Tributes
1974
27/5
Writings by Huntley: "A Word for the War"
December 6, 1942
27/6
Writings by Huntley: Miscellaneous
1967-1974 and undated
27/7
Writings by Huntley: Col. Business Columns
1973-1974
27/8
Writings by Huntley: "Journalism" Speech
undated
27/9
Writings by Huntley: Incomplete (pages missing)
undated
27/10
Books: News Analysis - What's Really Happening in the World Today
1966
27/11
Books: The Generous Years, Fawcett Crest paperback
1970
27/12
Books: The Generous Years, in Thai language
1972
27/13
Clippings and Writings: Clippings
1959-1974
27/14
Clippings and Writings: About New Jersey Farm
1962-1967
OS 29/1
Clippings and Writings: Kron-TV Election Guide (San Francisco Chronicle)
July 16, 1964
27/15
Clippings and Writings: About Chet Huntley's Childhood
1968-1986 and undated
27/16
Clippings and Writings: About Retiring From NBC
1970-1972
27/17
Clippings and Writings: "The Chet Huntleys" by Jack Beall
undated
27/18
Clippings and Writings: About Huntley's Death
1974
28/1
Tippy Huntley: Writings by Tippy Huntley
1961-1977 and undated
28/2
Tippy Huntley: Clippings About Tippy Huntley
1961-1999
28/3
Big Sky Resort: Clippings About Huntley and Big Sky
1971-1972
28/4
Big Sky Resort: Clippings and Miscellaneous
1971-1974 and undated
28/5
Big Sky Resort: Promotional Photographs (including of Huntleys)
circa 1970s
28/6
Big Sky Resort: Photo of Interior of Huntley House at Big Sky
circa 1970s
28/7
Big Sky Resort: Promotional Materials
circa 1970s-1980s
28/8
Big Sky Resort: Master Plan Map
undated
28/9
Photographs: Huntley as Baby
circa 1912
28/10
Photographs: Chet, Wadine and Marian Huntley
circa 1917
28/11
Photographs: Huntley as Young Man
circa 1930s
28/12
Photographs: Huntley as Young Man (portrait)
circa 1930s
28/13
Photographs: Huntley Posing with KERN Microphone, signed photograph
circa 1940s
28/14
Photographs: Huntley Posing with CBS Microphone
circa 1940s
28/15
Photographs: Huntley Walking, with ABC Logo Behind Him
circa 1951-1955
28/16
Photographs: Huntley at Speaking Engagement
1953
28/17
Photographs: Chet Huntley with Daryl Zanuck. With Randolph Scott and Walter Brennan. With Governor Chandler of Kentucky. All in front of KECA microphone.
ca 1950s
28/18
Photographs: Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, Election Night
1964
28/19
Photographs: Chet Huntley in Moscow
1965
28/20
Photographs: Huntley Posing Near Airplane [photo by Jim Davidson]
1967
28/21
Photographs: Huntley with His Daughter, Sharon, Democratic National Convention
1968
28/22
Photographs: Various NBC Photos
circa 1960s
28/23
Photographs: Huntley with Dog
circa 1960s
28/24
Photographs: Chet Huntley and Tippy Huntley
circa 1960s
28/25
Photographs: Signed Portrait of Chet Huntley
circa 1960s
28/26
Photographs: Huntley Smoking Pipe, Typing. Rolltop Desk in Background
circa 1960s
28/27
Photographs: From New Jersey Farm
circa 1960s
28/28
Photographs: Huntley in Vietnam Interviewing General Westmoreland
circa 1965
28/29
Photographs: Huntley Outdoors, Including Fishing and Horseback Riding
circa 1960s-1970s
28/30
Photographs: "Chet's Report on Migrant Workers"
circa 1970
28/31
Photographs: Tipton "Tippy" Huntley
circa 1970
28/32
Photographs: Chet Huntley and Tippy Huntley
circa 1970-1974
28/33
Photographs: Huntley on His NBC Retirement Gift, a Tennessee Walker (horse)
circa 1971
28/34
Photographs: Tipton Stringer Huntley
undated
28/35
Photographs: Chet Huntley and Reuven Frank
undated
28/36
Retrospectives: Television Academy Hall of Fame Program
1988
28/37
Retrospectives: Celebration in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Huntley-Brinkley Report and Remembering Reuven Frank, Program and DVD
2006
28/38
Retrospectives: Homesteads to Huntley, Documentary About Huntley and Big Sky Resort, by Sharon Huntley Kahn
2017

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Radio journalism--United States
  • Resorts--Montana
  • Television broadcasting of news--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Huntley, Chet, 1911-1974. The generous years
  • Corporate Names :
  • Big Sky of Montana, Inc.
  • NBC News
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Artifacts
  • Moving images
  • Personal papers--United States
  • Photographs
  • Scripts
  • Sound recordings
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American
  • Occupations :
  • Radio journalists -- United States
  • Television journalists--United States