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Guide to the Amos Yoder Papers 1950-1991

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Amos Yoder, 1921-
Dates: 1950-1991
Quantity: 2 cubic feet
Abstract:Class lecture notes and related material, and an alphabetical file containing articles, news clippings, correspondence, and similar material, which is arranged by subject, collected by a University of Idaho professor of political science.
Identification: MG339
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The papers of Amos Yoder are divided into two series. The first contains lectures for his political science courses and related articles. The lectures for each course were arranged chronologically and placed in one folder, with the related material in subsequent folders. These sets are arranged numerically by course number.The remaining papers were of such a diverse nature that it was decided to arrange them alphabetically using Yoder's folder headings. Included are class papers, government news releases, articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, reserve reading material, comments on theses, Kiwanis programs for community theater productions, notes on the speeches of others, and typescripts of his articles and speeches. Originally the final four folders were in one fat folder labeled "Important Papers." These were separated by type of material, e.g. correspondence, talks, articles, and filed at the end of the series.

Scope and Content

The papers of Amos Yoder span the years 1950 to 1991, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1976-1991. Included are class lecture notes and related material, and an alphabetical file containing articles, news clippings, correspondence, and similar material, which is arranged by subject.


Administrative/Biographical History

Amos Yoder, Borah Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Idaho since 1974, was born In Falls City, Nebraska, March 2, 1921. After receiving his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1942, he was an intern at the National Institute of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. for one year. From 1943 to 1944 he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the U.S. and England, and then spent two years as an analyst with the U.S. strategic bombing survey in Germany and Japan. Following the war he completed his education, receiving his Ph.D in international relations from the University of Chicago in 1949.

He then began a 25 year career with the U.S. State Department where he served on both the German and China desks, and with embassies in Israel and Thailand, as well as in political and policy planning. During this time he also lectured part-time for one year at George Washington University, and from 1964-1965 was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Davis.

In 1974 he was hired as Borah Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Idaho, a position he held for 17 years, until his retirement in 1991. During the 1986-1987 school year he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China, where he taught American Foreign Policy, American history, Comparative government, and Diplomatic conversation. His wife, Janet, taught English to mid-career officials and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among his teaching methods was the holding of a mock UN Security Council Meeting in which his students represented ambassadors from the various countries on the council.

Yoder was active in university governance and in civic affairs. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, Amnesty International, Idaho Political Science Association, and Pacific Northwest Political Science Association. He has written or contributed to five books and has published several scholarly papers in professional publications, as well as giving presentations at many scholarly meetings. Among his honors are his selection as a Fulbright Scholar to the Foreign Affairs College, the Robson Prize, membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, the Merit Honor Award of the Department of State, a Meritorious Civilian Service Award, War Department Commendation Ribbon for work in the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, and a Certificate of Excellence from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Colleges and Universities
Idaho

Yoder, Amos--Archives.

University of Idaho -- Faculty -- Records and correspondence

Political science -- Study and teaching

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of political science professor Amos Yoder were donated to the University of Idaho Library in August 1991.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Class Lectures and Related Articles 1950-1991
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1/11/1Political Science 237, International politics 1990 52 items
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1/21/2Related articles 1983-1989 31 items
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1/31/3Political Science 381, Politics of Western Europe 1989 51 items
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1/41/4Related articles 1982-1986 47 items
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1/51/5Political Science 382, Communist politics 1990 18 items
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1/61/6Related articles 1980-1990 33 items
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1/7-81/7-8Political Science 438, Conduct of American foreign policy 1991 46 items
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1/91/9Related articles 1950-1991 50 items
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1/101/10Exercise 1990 14 items
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1/111/11Cuba file 1990 4 items
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1/121/12Political Science 440 (Honors) European unity 1980-1990 36 items
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1/131/13Related articles 1980-1989 27 items
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1/141/14Political Science 440 International Organization and International Law 1990-1991 32 items
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1/151/15Related articles 1974-1991 28 items
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1/161/16Afghanistan. Security Council Meetings 1980 3 items
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1/17-181/17-18Political Science 449 World politics and war 1991 44 items
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1/191/19Related articles 1955-1991 39 items
Series II. Subject Files 1972-1991
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1/201/20Back to basics 1990 1 item
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1/211/21Borah Symposium 1976-1991 24 items
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1/221/22China 1972-1989 37 items
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1/231/23China - Book requests 1986 34 items
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1/241/24China - Comparative government 1986 11 items
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1/251/25China - Conversation class 1986 13 items
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1/261/26Church, Frank 1973-1984 12 items
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1/271/27CIA intervention 1981-1984 14 items
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2/282/28Comments on theses: Said Laswad 1990 8 items
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2/292/29John Potter 1991 4 items
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2/302/30Joseph J. St. Marie 1990-1991 4 items
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2/312/31Communism, Chinese 1989-1990 5 items
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2/322/32Communism, World movements 1980-1987 8 items
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2/332/33Communist political systems and challenges (book by A. Yoder) 1989-1990 21 items
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2/342/34Congress 1983-1986 33 items
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2/352/35Deans' salaries 1990 30 items
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2/362/36Directed study 1986-1988 9 items
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2/372/37Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East 1974 1 item
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2/382/38Far Eastern politics 1963-1964 4 items
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2/392/39Fulbright 1985-1986 12 items
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2/402/40Iran-Iraq 1980-1983 11 items
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2/412/41Kiwanis 1981-1984 10 items
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2/422/42Martin Institute 1990 44 items
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2/43-472/43-47Model United Nations Meetings 1982-1990 137 items
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2/482/48Nelson, Mark 1977-1978 11 items
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2/492/49Nuclear arms control 1987-1989 6 items
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2/502/50Photo requests (for book The Conduct of American Diplomacy Since World War II) 1985 14 items
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2/512/51Political Science Graduate Student Organization 1974-1976 23 items
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2/522/52Readings in American Foreign Policy (Political Science 438) undated 1 item
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2/532/53Sabbatical 1986-1987 12 items
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2/542/54Speeches 1979-1983 4 items
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2/552/55USSR documents 1975-1989 21 items
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2/562/56World Food Council, Beijing 1987 13 items
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2/572/57World War I 1980-1985 17 items
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2/582/58Yoder: Correspondence, memos 1974-1991 72 items
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2/592/59Other important papers 1974-1990 32 items
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2/602/60Talks and presentations 1975-1991 27 items
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2/612/61Typescripts of articles 1974-1986 9 items

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