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Records of Boise Magazine, 1987-1991


MSS 114



            Boise Magazine, a glossy city magazine published and edited by Alan Minskoff from 1987 to 1991, highlighted the cultural, political, and business life of Boise, Idaho. It began in 1969 as Boise Business, published by the Greater Boise Chamber of Commerce.  Its name was changed to Boise Magazine in 1974 and continued publication under the auspices of the chamber until 1981.  In these early years, the focus of the magazine was on commerce and tourism.  In the Fall of 1983 Boise Magazine was revived by publishers Pat Quinn and Jay Flaherty, who broadened its scope to include more coverage of cultural affairs.  Alan Minskoff, as Idaho Annual, Inc., acquired the title in 1987.  He edited and published 24 issues and won several awards for the publication, including the 1991 Idaho Press Club award for Best Magazine.  The magazine’s last issue was in 1991.  The records in this collection document the administrative and editorial history of the magazine under Minskoff’s direction.  In 1997 he began editing another incarnation of Boise Magazine published by Michael G. Earls, but there is nothing from that later period in this collection.


            Alan Minskoff donated the records of Boise Magazine to the Special Collections Department of the Boise State University Library in 1991.  The records consist of general management files, articles and poetry submitted for publication, and a complete run of the magazine under his editorship, 1987-1991.


            The records have been divided into three series.  Series I, Administrative, contains information concerning the general operations of the magazine.  Series II, Content, includes correspondence with authors, other material from outside sources, ideas for articles, and reader surveys of Boise favorites.  Contributions of local writers appear within the files.  The magazines themselves form Series III.


                                               Collection number: MSS 114  

                                                Inclusive dates: 1987-1991

                                                Collection size:  1 ft.

                                                Processed by: Mary Carter and Kimberly Gilbertson, 1997



Box and Folder List


Series I: Administrative records


Box 1: Administrative records

Folder 1          Editorial philosophy
Folder 2          Business plan
Folder 3          Circulation marketing plan
Folder 4          Circulation ideas
Folder 5          Marketing
Folder 6          Boise Magazine sales package
Folder 7          Editorial contract
Folder 8          Layout
Folder 9          Editor’s notes
Folder 10        Clippings, addresses, and notes
Folder 11        Internal office memos
Folder 12        Advertising sample
Folder 13        Editorial outline
Folder 14        Newcomer directory service



Series II: Editorial Content


Box 1: Editorial content

Folder 15        Marge Boylan – KAID
Folder 16        Tom Alibrandi
Folder 17        Beth Barclay
Folder 18        John Barclay
Folder 19        John Bauman / Monica Sanders
Folder 20        Peter Bowen
Folder 21        J.A. Cooper
Folder 22        David Crowder
Folder 23        Pat Ford
Folder 24        Margaret Fuller
Folder 25        Jeanette Germain
Folder 26        Gerald Grimmett
Folder 27        Todd Graeff
Folder 28        Rene Hawkley
Folder 29        Sheila Hennessey
Folder 30        Barbara Herrick
Folder 31        Dirk Kempthorne
Folder 32        Colleen Birch-Maille


Box 2: Editorial content

Folder 1          Mike Markel
Folder 2          Alberta Mayo
Folder 3          Lyn McCollum
Folder 4          Ellie McKinnon
Folder 5          Kathy Mulady
Folder 6          Penelope Reedy
Folder 7          Diane Ronayne
Folder 8          John Rember
Folder 9          Tom Rybus
Folder 10        David Thompson
Folder 11        William Woodall

Folder 12        News Releases and Public Relations
Folder 13        Best and Worst of Boise
Folder 14        Book review materials
Folder 15        Boise Museum Association
Folder 16        “I Dig Downtown” contest
Folder 17        Past contributions
Folder 18        Alan’s Redline copies—Journal
Folder 19        Cover ideas
Folder 20        Cookie file
Folder 21        Downtown boardgame
Folder 22        Environment
Folder 23        Favorites
Folder 24        Forest matters
Folder 25        Idaho National Guard
Folder 26        University of Idaho
Folder 27        College of Idaho
Folder 28        Idaho Traveler
Folder 29        Lobbyist survey
Folder 30        Media Watch
Folder 31        Outside
Folder 32        Out of Town
Folder 33        Idaho products
Folder 34        Poetry
Folder 35        Kids poetry
Folder 36        Photo contest
Folder 37        Profiles


Box 3: Editorial content

Folder 1          Review
Folder 2          Radio ratings
Folder 3          Special sections
Folder 4          Boise Favorites survey totals
Folder 5          Short Takes
Folder 6          80’s Salute
Folder 7          Children’s issue
Folder 8          February 1991 issue
Folder 9          March/April 1991 issue
Folder 10        May 1991 issue



Series III: Magazine issues


Box 4:  Issues of Boise Magazine



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