Box 1-B3A, B2, 5
Record Group: 11 C
Scope and Content Note
Jimmy Bertch Bedford, also known as Pete in his younger years, was born June 10, 1927 in Columbia, Missouri. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1950 with a degree in journalism, he worked for the Memphis Democrat in Memphis, Missouri. Later, he taught journalism at the University of Kansas, the University of Maryland, and the University of Afghanistan where he was a Fulbright scholar. Eventually his travels led him to the University of Alaska at Fairbanks where he joined the fledgling Journalism department in 1965. There he became Chair of the department and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1981. During his retirement, he wrote the weekly column "Journeys on the Planet Earth" for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner as well as undertaking other freelance writing and photography assignments.
This Record Sub-Group is divided into three record series.Series One consists of a spiral-bound edition of Jimmy Bedford's annual Christmas letters, compiled by Emmett Bedford in 1999. The work contains a short biography along with letters from Kabul, Afghanistan, Katmandu, Nepal and Fairbanks, Alaska (1964-1989). The volume also contains a guide to an exhibit of photographs, features, and graphics by Jimmy and his students at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. There are also tributes from friends and colleagues, and a photo of Mr. Bedford's grave site.
Series Two includes newspaper columns entitled "Journeys on the Planet Earth" written by Jimmy Bedford for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner from 1981-1986. The columns cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from local Alaskan history, to travels in such diverse places as Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Europe. A handwritten itemized list of the individual columns is located in the box.
Series Three contains a photocopy of the brief biography written by Bedford's brother Emmett after Jimmy's death, as well as copies of newspaper articles and photos concerning the life and work of this distinguished alumnus.
FF 1 - Christmas Letters of Jimmy Bedford
FF 2 - Christmas Letters of Jimmy Bedford, photocopies
Box 1 (cont'd)
FF 3 - Newspaper Articles by Jimmy Bedford from the Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks Alaska, 1981
FF 4 - Newspaper Articles by Jimmy Bedford from the Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks Alaska, 1982
FF 5 - Newspaper Articles by Jimmy Bedford from the Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks Alaska, 1983
FF 6 - Newspaper Articles by Jimmy Bedford from the Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks Alaska, 1984
FF 7 - Newspaper Articles by Jimmy Bedford from the Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks Alaska, 1985
FF 8 - Newspaper Articles by Jimmy Bedford from the Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks Alaska, 1986
Box 1 (cont'd)
FF 9 - A Biography of Jimmy Bedford written by his brother Emmett Bedford. Also included are copies of columns written by Bedford and photographs documenting Bedford's life.
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