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The Frank Church Collection in the Boise State University Library

Dissertations, theses, and published scholarship, 1984-2012


More than over 1,000 researchers, averaging one per week, have used the Frank Church collection since it was opened for research at Boise State University in 1984. They have included undergraduate and graduate students, historians, journalists, public policy makers, legal researchers, filmmakers, documentarians, and other interested citizens. The works cited below represent the dissertations, theses, articles, books, films, government documents, and related works that have come to our attention that cite the Frank Church collection as a major source of documentation.


A published summary finding aid of the Frank Church Papers (MSS 56) is available at:


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Bibliography, 1984-2012


Andrews, Cheri L. The Victory in Vietnam Committee's Manichean Rhetoric: An Analysis of the Campaign to Recall Idaho Senator Frank Church. M.A. Thesis, Oregon State University. 1992.

Ashby, LeRoy and Rod Gramer. Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church. Pullman: Washington State University Press. 1994. 

Ashby, LeRoy. "Frank Church Goes to the Senate: The Idaho Election of 1956."  Pacific Northwest Quarterly  78 (1988) 17-31. 

Baltakis, Anthony V.  Agendas of Investigation : The McClellan Committee, 1957-1958. Ph.D. Diss., University of Akron. 1997. 

The Best Roads in Life Lead Home Again : Senator Frank Church's Declaration of His Candidacy for President of the United States, March 18, 1976, Idaho City, Idaho. Foreword by Bethine Church and Carl Burke; afterword by Forrest Chuch. Idaho City, Idaho: Idaho City Historical Foundation. 2006. 

Brock, Gustaf J. "Congress Must Draw the Line: Senator Frank Church and the Cooper-Church Amendment of 1970."  Idaho Yesterdays 35 (1991) 27-36. 

Brock, Gustaf J. The Doves Have Won: Senator Frank Church and the Vietnam War. M.A. Thesis, University of Nebraska. 1989.

Bunn, Tim. The 1968 Frank Church vs. George Hansen Idaho Senatorial Election and Campaign: A Descriptive, Qualitative Analysis. M.A. Thesis, Boise State University. 1986. 

Church, Bethine. A Lifelong Affair:  My Passion for People and Politics. Washington, D.C.: The Francis Press. 2003. 

Clymer, Adam. Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 2008. 

Dant, Sara. "Making Wilderness Work: Frank Church and the American Wilderness Movement."  Pacific Historical Review 77 (2008) 237-272. 

Dodd, Douglas W. Preserving Multiple-Use Management: The U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Struggle for Idaho's Sawtooth Mountain Country, 1911-1972. Ph.D. Diss., University of California, Santa Barbara. 2001. 

Ewert, Sara E. Dant. The Conversion of Senator Frank Church: Evolution of an Environmentalist. Ph.D. Diss., Washington State University. 2000.

Ewert, Sara E. Dant. "Evolution of an Environmentalist: Senator Frank Church and the Hells Canyon Controversy."  Montana: The Magazine of Western History 51 (2001)  36-51. Winner of the Theodore C. Blegen Award (for forest-related research and writings) from the Forest History Society. 

Ewert, Sara E. Dant. "Peak Park Politics: The Struggle over the Sawtooths, from Borah to Church."  Pacific Northwest Quarterly  91 (2000) 138-147. 

The Frank Church Wilderness [videorecording]. Boise: Idaho Public Television. 2002. 

Hansen, Ralph W. "Sawtooth Frogs" [a whimsy]. Idaho Yesterdays 29 (1985) 32. 

Hatzenbuehler, Ronald L. "Church and the Church: Frank Church, the Mormons, and Idaho Politics, 1956-1980."   Paper delivered at the Northern Great Plains History Conference, 1990. 

Hatzenbuehler, Ronald L. and Bert W. Marley. "Why Church Lost: A Preliminary Analysis of the Church-Symms Election of 1980."  Pacific Historical Review 56 (1987) 99-112. 

Hogan, Mary Jane. "Frank Church and Inter-American Security, 1956-1980."  Paper delivered at Scholars of the History of American Foreign Relations conference, 1988.

Hogan, Mary Jane. "Research Note: Frank Church Visits Southeast Asia."  Newsletter, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 22 no. 4 (Dec. 1991) 1-12.

Jensen, Erica. "'Hysterical preservationists' and 'Gouge-and-run Bulldozer boys': The Land-Use Controversy in Idaho's White Cloud Mountains, 1968-1972."   M.S. Thesis, Oregon State University. 2007. 

Johnson, Robert David. "The Origins of Dissent: Senate Liberals and Vietnam, 1959-1964."  Pacific Historical Review 65 (1996) 249-275. 

Kuhla, Bruce. "OPIC and the Church Committee: A Case Study in 1970s Business-Congressional Relations."  Paper read before the Economic and Business Historical Society. 1996. 

Loy, Mark Ivan. The Second Indochina War and the Rhetoric of Senator Frank Church. M.A. Thesis, Colorado State University. 1993.

A Man of Vision, A Man of Courage [videorecording] . Boise State University, School of Social Science and Public Affairs. 1986. 

Mann, Robert. A Grand Delusion: America's Descent into Vietnam. New York: Basic Books. 2001. 

Maughan, Jaceson. Frank Church: Evolution of a Dove. M.A. Thesis, Utah State University. 1999. 

McCorkle, Suzanne. "Frank Church: Idaho's Man." Posted on the Idaho Oratory Project website at 1999. Accessed June 20, 2012.

McCorkle, Suzanne. "The Role of Stories in Political Speech: A Descriptive Study of Frank Church as Storyteller."   Posted on the Idaho Oratory Project website at 1999. Accessed June 20, 2012.

Moore, Michael C. Reelecting a Democrat: Frank Church's 1962 U.S. Senate Campaign.  Graduate paper, Boise State University. 2006. Winner of the Phi Alpha Theta Graduate Paper Award.
Neil, J.M. To the White Clouds: Idaho's Conservation Saga, 1900-1970. Pullman: Washington State University Press. 2005. 

Olmstead, Kathryn. Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI. University of North Carolina Press. 1996. 

Olsen, Gregg. The Deep Dark : Tragedy and Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine. New York: Crown Publishers. 2005.

Orgill, Kelly.“Church versus State: How Frank Church and Environmental Protection Triumphed in Idaho.”Paper read before the Phi Alpha Tehta Northwest Regional Conference at Boise State University. 2009.

Orgill, Kelly. Conservative Conservationists : Water Rights, Wilderness, and Idahoan Political Identity. M.A. Thesis, Boise State University. 2009. 

Parker, David C.W. The Power of Money in Congressional Campaigns, 1880-2006. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 2008.

Parker, David C.W. Resources Rule: Political Parties, Candidates, Interest Groups, and Election Strategies, 1880-2000. Ph.D. Diss., University of Wisconsin. 2004 (specifically the chapter: "A Weak Party, But a Strong Church") 

Percy, Cameron. The Balancing Act: An Analysis of the Electoral Repercussions Resulting from the Competing Political Demands Inherent in Serving on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senior Thesis, Stanford University. 2007. Winner of the Firestone Medal for Undergraduate Research. 

Petersen, Keith. River of Life, Channel of Death: Fish and Dams on the Lower Snake. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press. 2001. 

Petersen, Keith C. and Mary Reed. Controversy, Conflict, and Compromise: A History of the Lower Snake River Development. Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 1994. 

Proceeding on Through a Beautiful Country: A History of Idaho [videorecording]. Boise: Idaho Public Television. 1990. Program 12, "Biographies," profile of Frank Church. 

Reeves, Troy. "Verda White Barnes: Undeserved Anonymity."  Idaho Yesterdays  47 (2006) 48-67. 

Schmitz, David F. "Of  Presidents and Caesars: Senator Frank Church and the Cooper-Church Amendment" in Architects of the American Century: Individuals and Institutions in Twentieth-Century U.S. Foreign Policymaking. Chicago: Imprint Publications. 2000. 

Schmitz, David F. "Senator Frank Church, the Ford Administration, and the Challenges of Post-Vietnam Foreign Policy."  Peace and Change 21 (1996) 438-464.

Schmitz, David F. and Natalie Fousekis. "Frank Church, the Senate, and the Emergence of Dissent on the Vietnam War, 1963-1966.  Pacific Historical Review 63 (1994) 561-581. 

Schroeder, Gerald. Dissenting opinion in the case Potlach Corp et al v. USA. Idaho Supreme Court, 1999 Opinion no. 113. 

Tremayne, Russell M.  Delusions and Reality: The Evolution of Frank Church's Ideas on Latin America, 1956-1980. Ph.D. Diss., University of Washington. 1990.

Wilderness in the 21st Century [videorecording]. Boise: Idaho Public Television. 2010.

Zuckerman, Dan. The Give-Away of an American Illusion: Senator Frank Church, Idaho, and the Panama Canal. B.A. Thesis, Williams College. 1997. Winner of the Russell H. Bostert Thesis Prize in American History.

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