LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer Collection on Frank Church, 1850-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Ashby, LeRoy;Church, Bethine C.Church, Frank;Gramer, Rod, 1953- ;
Title
LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer Collection on Frank Church
Dates
1850-1993 (inclusive)
Quantity
23.0 linear feet, (12 linear feet of boxed material, 11 feet of cassette tapes (26 boxes, plus 335 audio-cassette tapes in 22 drawers))
Collection Number
MSS 173
Summary
Research files compiled by LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer, co-authors of the book Fighting the Odds, the Life of Senator Frank Church (Washington State University Press, 1994); together with tape recorded interviews conducted by Ashby and Gramer, including Frank Church (1924-1984), his wife Bethine Church, family, friends, staffers, and colleagues, about Church's life and Senate career. Research files include photocopies of selected documents from the Church papers at Boise State University, arranged topically, with copies of some family documents dating back to the 1850s. The collection also includes an edited typescript of the book and photocopies of cited source documents, arranged by chapter.
Repository
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
83725
Telephone: 208-426-3958
archives@boisestate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research with the exception of selected files. Contact Special Collections for information.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Rod Gramer was born in Boise in 1953 and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in history in 1975. He was a journalist with the Idaho Statesman when he began research for a biography of Frank Church in 1978 with fellow journalist Marc Johnson. Johnson later left the project and Gramer continued alone, assisted by his wife Julie. Rod and Julie Gramer were the first researchers to use the Frank Church papers at Boise State University in 1984. Gramer left the Idaho Statesman in 1988 to become news director for television station KTVB-TV in Boise in 1988. In 1998 he moved to Portland, Oregon, to assume a similar position with a television station there. Additional biographical information can be found in Who’s Who in the American West 1992/93 and in Contemporary Authors (volume 147).

LeRoy Ashby (b. 1938) earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1966. In 1972 he joined the faculty of Washington State University, where he has taught popular culture and twentieth-century American history. He has won several teaching awards and has written several books, including biographies of Senator William Borah and William Jennings Bryan. Like Rod and Julie Gramer, Ashby and his wife Mary were among the first users of the Church collection at Boise State. Further biographical information can be found in the Directory of American Scholars and Contemporary Authors (volume 33-36, First Revision).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

In 1994, Washington State University Press published a biography of U.S. Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho) entitled Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church, by LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer. Ashby, a professor of history at Washington State University, and Gramer, an Idaho journalist, began their research independently: Gramer in the 1970s, Ashby in the 1980s; each with the intention of writing their own book. They later combined forces to produce the jointly-written biography, which in 1995 won Utah State University’s David W. and Beatrice C. Evans Award as the most significant biography from the West published in 1994.

Both authors made extensive use of the Frank Church papers at Boise State University and conducted many interviews with Church’s family, friends, staff, and political colleagues, as well as Senator Church himself. The research files include notes, photocopies of key documents from the Frank Church collection, and copies of both primary and secondary materials obtained elsewhere. The interviews were recorded on tape cassettes; some are accompanied by either partial or complete transcripts made by or for Rod Gramer and LeRoy Ashby.

Like the Fred Hutchison collection (MSS 124), the Ashby-Gramer collection serves as a distillation of the much larger Church collection, presenting a selection of papers and documents the two researchers considered important to their research. Their files, maintained separately, are arranged alphabetically by topic, from Abortion to Wilderness. The earliest material in the files is census data from 1850 regarding the Church family. The collection also contains an edited typescript of the book and photocopies of source documents footnoted in the book, arranged by chapter.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[item description], LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer Collection on Frank Church, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  Rod Gramer research filesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Abortion
1 2
Aging
1 3
Agriculture
1 4
Andrus, Cecil
1 5
Arms control
1 6
Banking and Federal Reserves
1 7
Verda Barnes
1 8
Basques
1 9
Chester Bowles
1 10
James L. Brown
1 11
Beorge Bush
1 12
G. Harold Carswell
1 13
Chase Church
1 14
Forrest Church
1 15
Frank Church: Early Years and Family History
1850-1984
1 16
Frank Church: High School
1938-1942
1 17
Frank Church: As Compromiser
1 18
Frank Church: Frank Church: Post-Senate
1 19
Frank Church: Death
1 20
Frank Church: Death
1 21
Frank Church: Letters Received
1984
1 22
Frank Church: Condolence Letters and Tributes
1 23
Civil Rights
1957
1 24
Chase A. Clark
1 25
D. Worth Clark
1 26
Clark family history
1 27
Congress/President
1 28
Education
2 1
Election
1956
2 2
Election
1956
2 3
Election
1960
2 4
Election
1962
2 5
Election (recall)
1968
2 6
Election
1972
2 7
Election
1974
2 8
Election
1976
2 9
Election
1976
2 10
Election
1976
2 11
Election (staff)
1976
3 1
Election: early months
1976
3 2
Election: announcement speech
1976
3 3
Election: California
1976
3 4
Election: Colorado
1976
3 5
Election: Ohio
1976
3 6
Election: Nebraska
1976
3 7
Election: Oregon
1976
3 8
Election: Rhode Island
1976
3 9
Election: Vice-Presidential consideration
1976
3 10
Election
1980
3 11
Election: ABC and NCPAC
1980
3 12
Election: Committee for Positive Change
1980
3 13
Election: New Right
1980
3 14
Energy
3 15
Environment
3 16
Executive powers
3 17
Federal debt
3 18
Filibuster
3 19
Financial disclosure
3 20
Fish
4 1
Foreign aid
4 2
Foreign policy
1956-1964
4 3
Foreign policy
1964-1973
4 4
Foreign policy: committee chairmanship
4 5
Foreign aid policy: Africa
4 6
Foreign aid policy: Cuba
4 7
Foreign aid policy: Cuba Trip
4 8
Foreign aid policy: Europe
4 9
Foreign aid policy: India-Pakistan
4 10
Foreign aid policy: Iranian hostage crisis
4 11
Foreign aid policy: Israel
4 12
Foreign aid policy: Korea
4 13
Foreign aid policy: Latin America
4 14
Foreign aid policy: Libya
4 15
Foreign aid policy: Libya; Bayh
4 16
Foreign aid policy: Libya; Symms
4 17
Foreign aid policy: Middle East
4 18
Foreign aid policy: Russia
4 19
Foreign aid policy: Uganda
4 20
J. William Fulbright
4 21
Gasahol
4 22
Gun control
4 23
Hells Canyon
4 24
Walter Hickel
4 25
Indians
4 26
Inflation
4 27
Intelligence investigation
4 28
Intelligence investigation
5 1
Intelligence investigation
5 2
Lyndon B. Johnson
5 3
Kennedy-Johnson White House favors file
1961-1968
5 4
Edward Korry
5 5
Labor and business
5 6
Law and order
5 7
Walter Lippman
5 8
McCarthyism
5 9
James McClure
5 10
Military spending
5 11
Mine safety
5 12
Multinational corporations
5 13
Multinational corporations: ITT and Chile
5 14
Multinational corporations: ITT and Chile
5 15
Multinational corporations: Lockheed and Northrop
5 16
Multinational corporations: OPIC
5 17
Multinational corporations: Oil Companies
6 1
Multinational corporations: Oil Companies
6 2
Multinational corporations: Oil Companies
6 3
Natural gas deregulation
6 4
Nuclear energy
6 5
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
6 6
Panama Canal
6 7
Politics and government
6 8
Range management/cattle
6 9
Reclamation
6 10
Reclamation Act
6 11
Nelson Rockefeller
6 12
Social Security
6 13
Steve Symms
6 14
United Nations
6 15
Vietnam
1962-1966
6 16
Vietnam
1963-1966
6 17
Vietnam
1967-1969
6 18
Vietnam
7 1
Vietnam
1970
7 2
Vietnam: Cooper-Church Amendment
1970
7 3
Vietnam: Cooper-Church Amendment
1970
7 4
Vietnam
1971
7 5
Vietnam
1971
7 6
Vietnam
1972
7 7
Vietnam: Case-Church Amendment
1972
7 8
Vietnam
1973-1975
8 1
Vietnam: Case-Church Amendment
1973
8 2
Vietnam: Tom Dine Papers
8 3
Vietnam
1965-1966
8 4
Vietnam
1969-1970
8 5
Watergate
8 6
Book: outline
8 7
Book: interview plan
8 8
Book: research plan
8 9
Book: research: Jack Anderson index
8 10
Book: research: book 2, hapter
8 11
Book: research: book 3, chapter 3 (Vietnam)
8 12
Book: chapter 1 interview excerpts
8 13
Book: chapter 2 interview excerpts
8 14
Book: research notes from books
8 15
Book: letters from LeRoy Ashby, 1992-1993
8 16
Bryce Nelson: tribute to Frank Church
8 17
Frank Church: last interview with Gramer, transcript
1983
8 18
Mike Wetherell: “Memo to FC”
1977

2:  LeRoy Ashby research filesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 1
Abortion
1973-1979
9 2
Adoption
1979-1980
9 3
Aging
1978
9 4
Agriculture
1958-1977
9 5
Aides (office staff)
1974-1977
9 6
Amtrak
1976-1979
9 7
Arabs
1978
9 8
Balanced budget
1979
9 9
Basques
1978
9 10
Boise, Tom
1966
9 11
Borah, Mary
1957-1969
9 12
Busing
1972
9 13
Carter, Jimmy
1977
9 14
Carter Administration: Relations With
1977-1982
9 15
Central America
1978
9 16
Central Intelligence Agency: Intelligence Committee
1960-1974
9 17
Central Intelligence Agency: Intelligence Committee
1975
9 18
Central Intelligence Agency: Intelligence Committee
1975
9 19
Central Intelligence Agency: Intelligence Committee: Financial Report
1975
9 20
Central Intelligence Agency: Post-Committee Files
1976-1977
9 21
Central Intelligence Agency
1988
9 22
Bush CIA Nomination
1975-1976
10 1
China
1970-1979
10 2
Church, Bethine
1957-1985
10 3
Church, Frank
1947-1975
10 4
Civil Rights
1956-1966
10 5
Colleagues and friends
1956-1983
10 6
Communist propaganda
1962
10 7
Cuba
1960-1978
10 8
Disclosure of income and assets
1946-1977
10 9
Draft, military
undated
10 10
Economy
1973-1980
10 11
Education
1957-1980
10 12
Energy and nuclear energy
1963-1980
10 13
Equal Rights Amendment
1957-1976
10 14
Federal Bureau of Investigation
1989
10 15
Foreign policy issues
1957-1980
10 16
Foreign Relations Committee Chair
1962-1980
11 1
Geneva protocol
1971-1974
11 2
Genocide treaty
1951-1975
11 3
Great Society
1964-1987
11 4
Gun control
1967-1980
11 5
Human Rights
1976-1978
11 6
Idaho’s Conservatism and Church’s Liberalism
1969-1987
11 7
International Telephone and Telegraph Company
1969-1975
11 8
Internment Camp, Japanese Americans
1978
11 9
Israel and the Middle East
1957
11 10
Kissenger, Henry
1968-1976
11 11
Labor
1958-1978
11 12
Latin America
1969-1986
11 13
Liberalism
1978-1984
11 14
Libya
1979-1980
11 15
Middle East
1958-1988
11 16
Mikva, Abner
1979
11 17
Miscellaneous
1955-1986
11 18
Mormons
1959
12 1
Multinational corporations
1975
12 2
Multinational corporations
1976
12 3
Multinational corporations
1977-1990
12 4
Multinational corporations: CIA
1970-1973
12 5
Multinational corporations: CIA
1974
13 1
National Energy Act
1972-1977
13 2
New Frontier
1960-1963
13 3
Nicaragua
1978-1980
13 4
Nuclear weapons: India
1977-1980
13 5
Office of Economic Opportunity
1966-1969
13 6
Office Staff and Administration
1956-1980
13 7
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
1973-1978
13 8
Pakistan
1978
13 9
Panama
1960-1975
13 10
Panama
1976-1977
13 11
Panama
1978
13 12
Panama
1979-1982
13 13
Pfost, Gracie
1962-1965
13 14
Pink Sheet on the Left
1975-1989
13 15
Pornography
1966-1973
13 16
Prayer Amendment
962-1966
13 17
Russian Brigad
1979
14 1
Salt II
1977-1979
14 2
Salt II, 1977-1979
1980-1987
14 3
Soviet Union
1974-1981
14 4
State Department
1980
14 5
Sugar
1976-1984
14 6
Taiwan and China
1970-1981
14 7
Urban affairs
1962
14 8
Vietnam
1959-1971
14 9
Vietnam
1972-1973
14 10
Vietnam
1974-1980
14 11
Watergate
1972-1974
14 12
Welfare
1972-1979
14 13
Western Coalition of Senators
1980
14 14
Wilderness
1986
15 1
Drew Pearson: Senator and Senate personalities
undated
15 2
Drew Pearson: Senator and Senate personalities
1928-1953
15 3
Drew Pearson: Senator and Senate personalities
1954-1964
15 4
Drew Pearson: Frank Church
1963-1967
15 5
Central Intelligence Agency: Clippings
1976-1984
15 6
CIA Files
1963-1974
15 7
CIA Files
1975
15 8
CIA Files
1976
15 9
Lyndon Johnson: Vietnam and Foreign Aid
1957-1987
15 10
Nixon Papers
1969-1970
15 11
Nixon Papers, 1969-1970
1970-1974
16 1
Newspaper references to Frank Church (Information Bank)
1977-1979
16 2
Newspaper references to Frank Church (Information Bank)
1976-1977
16 3
Newspaper references to Frank Church (Information Bank)
1975
16 4
Newspaper references to Frank Church (Information Bank)
1974
16 5
Newspaper references to Frank Church (Information Bank)
1972-1973
16 6
Newspaper references to Frank Church (Information Bank)
1970-1971
16 7
CIA file on Frank Church
undated

3:  Citation source documents and typescriptReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
17 1-43
Citation source documents and typescript, Fighting the Odds

4:  Transcripts of interviews by Rod GramerReturn to Top

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5:  Transcripts of interviews by LeRoy AshbyReturn to Top

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6:  Interviews on tapeReturn to Top

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Church, Bethine C.--Interviews
  • Church, Frank--Archives
  • Church, Frank--Interviews