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Guide to the Bureau of Public Affairs Research Records 1959-1987

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: Records
Creator: Bureau of Public Affairs Research
Dates: 1959-1987
Quantity: 6.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Grant applications and reports, information concerning seminars, workshops and institutes, correspondence and other material relating to publications, general correspondence, financial records and other papers concerning the Bureau of Public Affairs Research, a division of the Department of Political Science at the University of Idaho.
Identification: UG047
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

Although the bulk of the Bureau of Public Affairs Research Records were in labeled folders, the received order did not lend itself to a series arrangement, therefore the folders, but not their contents, were rearranged during processing. Original folder headings were retained.The Bureau of Public Affairs Research was, for the most part, a self supporting organization which depended on federal or state grants to support its activities. The first series, Grant Applications and Reports, 1959-1979, contains applications to such organizations as the Association for the Humanities in Idaho, the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the Law Enforcement Planning Commission, the National Science Foundation, and the Idaho State Commission for Higher Education Facilities which administered the Title I grants of the Higher Education Act of 1965. In addition to the applications, the folders also contain periodic reports, correspondence, and some financial accounts related to the grants.The second series, Seminars, Workshops, etc., 1967-1981, contains information about the activities funded by the grants in Series I. The seminars, which were held at various locations throughout the state, included budget presentation institutes, programs for city clerk and county assessor certification, commissioners and clerks workshops, law enforcement institutes and an institute for newly elected city officials. Included in the seminar and workshop papers are programs, records of attendance, notes used in presentations, and summaries of evaluations. Also included in this series are notes and other classroom material for Political Science 400.As part of its mission the bureau also issued a number of publications. Series III contains correspondence, financial accounting material, input from reviewers of chapters, and drafts of several bureau publications and handbooks. Also included are the situation and character sketches for the Idaho Tomorrow game, an innovation role-playing activity developed by Sydney Duncombe, director of the bureau from 1973 to 1988. The University of Idaho funded STAR 17 grant (Short Term Applied Research), was used to prepare a report to the Idaho Legislative Fiscal and Budget Committee on public assistance programs in Idaho. Each section contains a draft of the report, notes, and information supplied by the agency concerned.The final series contains general bureau correspondence, financial records including grant ledgers and budgets, minutes of bureau research meetings, project plans and progress reports, results of a national survey investigating the use of volunteers in county government, and finally, the script, slides, and taped narrative of the 1987 County Night program, which described the origin, history, services, and functions of counties in the United States, using Latah and Nez Perce counties as examples.Printed material from states other than Idaho collected by the Bureau was discarded. Other types of material not retained include printed legislative bills, telephone bills and other invoices, store room orders, out of state county or city newsletters, and duplicates of printed material. Also discarded were University BTRs (Budget Transaction Reports). This reduced the quantity of material by 6 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The Records of the Bureau of Public Affairs Research span the years 1959 to 1987, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1960 to 1980.

Included in the records are grant applications and reports; information concerning seminars, workshops and institutes conducted by the Bureau; correspondence and other material related to Bureau publications; and other material including general correspondence, financial records, and the County Night presentation.

Approximately one cubic foot of material in this record group was transferred from the personal papers of bureau director H. Sydney Duncombe which are located in Manuscript Group 341.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Bureau of Public Affairs Research was established at the University of Idaho in 1959 as a unit within the Department of Social Sciences. Its main purpose was to provide research, training, and consulting services for state and local government agencies in Idaho. It also worked closely with state agency personnel and city and county governmental associations in planning Bureau activities and identifying major problem areas for research and training.

In its first ten years of existence the Bureau completed seventeen major research studies: nine on city government, two on county government, two on the state legislature, and four compilations of election statistics. This level of activity continued until the retirement of Sidney Duncombe who directed the Bureau from 1973-1988.

The Bureau also published for elected city and county officials handbooks which contain descriptions of the responsibilities and duties of local officials in Idaho. Other publications reported the results of studies into specific problems in local government, such as municipal home rule for Idaho cities, centralized purchasing for local governments, and use of annexation and extraterritorial powers of cities in solving urban fringe problems.

In addition to its research function, the Bureau, using federal grant funds, sponsored training programs for state and local officials in Idaho. Among the institutes were those for mayors and councilmen, county commissioners and clerks, city clerks and treasurers, city fiscal officers, legislative budget staff, local law enforcement administrators, and tax assessors. The Bureau also provided consulting services to state and local agencies.

Regular state appropriations to the University paid for the director and other full-time staff members. The remaining income for the Bureau came from federal and foundation grants, consulting fees, and sale of publications.

Although still in existence, under the directorship of Florence Heffron, the Bureau no longer maintains its former level of activity.


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
Government and Politics
Idaho

University of Idaho. Bureau of Public Affairs Research

Administrative Information

Source

The Records of the Bureau of Public Affairs Research were transferred to the University of Idaho library by the Bureau between June 1985 and March 1989.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Grant Applications and Reports 1959-1979
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1/11/1Association for the Humanities in Idaho. Community Futures Program 1973-1980 41 items
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1/21/2Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Environmental workshops 1972-1973 29 items
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1/31/3Institutional development plan and fellowship program for public service education 1977-1978 19 items
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1/41/4Law Enforcement Planning Commission. Minorities and the police in rural Idaho 1972-1973 7 items
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1/51/5Proposal for evaluating statewide group homes 1977 11 items
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1/61/6National Science Foundation. The impact of public land ownership 1975 1 item
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1/71/7Governor's policy options for science and technology resources 1977-1978 31 items
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1/81/8Title I. Community service and continuing education program 1966-1975 36 items
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1/9-151/9-15Consulting services to state and local officials in Idaho 1969-1975 162 items
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1/16-181/16-18Consulting and management training services to state and local officials in Idaho 1975-1976 44 items
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1/19-221/19-22Consulting and training services to state and local officials in Idaho 1976-1979 48 items
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1/231/23Idaho-WICHE "Impact internship program" 1973 1 item
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1/241/24Training program for city councilmen 1966-1968 34 items
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1/251/25(Joint). Annual training academy for Idaho officials 1976 16 items
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1/261/26Title I-A. Consulting and training services to state and local officials 1978 2 items
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1/271/27Title I. State matching funds 1969-1972 13 items
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1/281/28U.S. Civil Service Commission. Development of a training program for local government officials and employees 1973 10 items
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1/291/29Comprehensive personnel management service for Idaho municipalities 1974 8 items
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1/301/30IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) grant reports 1973-1974 6 items
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1/311/31University of Idaho. Research projects 1959-1968 18 items
Series II. Seminars, Workshops, etc. 1967-1981
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1/321/32Administrative and legal problems 1976 17 items
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1/331/33Administrative procedure act workshop 1979 52 items
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1/341/34Administrative regulatory process institutes 1977 19 items
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1/351/35Association of Idaho Cities. Contract 1978 12 items
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1/361/36Convention file undated 4 items
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1/371/37Basic municipal accounting 1975 30 items
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1/381/38Benefit-cost analysis in program evaluation 1981 6 items
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1/391/39Budget presentation institute 1972 16 items
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1/401/40Bureau of Land Management May institute 1983 21 items
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1/411/41Citizen involvement in the governmental process 1978 4 items
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1/421/42City budgeting 1975 7 items
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1/431/43City clerks certification 1969-1974 64 items
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1/441/44City election administration workshops 1977 17 items
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2/452/45Commissioners and clerks workshop 1972-1973 52 items
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2/462/46County assessors school 1974 20 items
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2/472/47County cooperation workshops 1977 31 items
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2/48-512/48-51County officials seminars 1972-1976 279 items
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2/52-532/52-53Environmental workshops 1972-1973 32 items
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2/542/54Idaho county training needs survey 1973-1978 14 items
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2/552/55Innovations in teaching 1971-1973 18 items
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2/56-622/56-62Institute for city clerks and financial officers 1971-1978 259 items
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2/632/63Intergovernmental Personnel Act. Grant program 1972-1973 15 items
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2/642/64Basic county government seminar 1974 19 items
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2/652/65Communications seminar 1974 6 items
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2/662/66Interrelationship seminar 1974 15 items
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2/672/67Performance review session 1973 8 items
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2/68-702/68-70Training needs survey 1973-1975 32 items
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2/712/71Intermediate municipal accounting 1976 12 items
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2/722/72Local law enforcement institute 1970 94 items
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2/73-802/73-80Newly elected city officials institute 1967-1975 227 items
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2/812/81Police productivity workshops 1977 19 items
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2/822/82Policy analysis 1973 12 items
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2/832/83Political Science 400. Program implementation. Plans, outlines 1979 9 items
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2/842/84Units 1 & 2 1979 19 items
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2/852/85Games 1979 16 items
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2/862/86Program assembly process 1979 33 items
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2/872/87Policy design: Gas rationing 1979 22 items
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2/882/88Policy design and implementation 1979 8 items
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2/892/89Employment service 1979 29 items
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3/903/90Procedure simplification, notes 1975 5 items
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3/91-923/91-92Public Administration certification program 1972 42 items
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3/933/93Public relations for county officials 1977 29 items
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3/943/94Public relations in budgeting 1980 25 items
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3/953/95Records management seminar 1973-1974 23 items
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3/963/96Special district seminars 1973 60 items
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3/973/97Tax assessor institute 1970-1971 25 items
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3/983/98Teacher institute, notes and correspondence 1968-1970 68 items
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3/993/99Title I projects 1978 36 items
Series III. Publications 1964-1987
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3/100-1013/100-101Book sales 1970-1978 79 items
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3/1023/102Distribution lists 1974 9 items
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3/1033/103Requests 1979-1980 37 items
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3/1043/104Games: Election game and book 1970-1975 60 items
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3/1053/105Games: Idaho Tomorrow 1974 79 items
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3/1063/106Masters 1974 87 items
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3/1073/107Association for the Humanities in Idaho grant 1973-1975 14 items
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3/1083/108Correspondence re: revised book 1975 51 items
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3/1093/109Masters 1980 120 items
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3/1103/110Characters 1980 55 items
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3/1113/111Situations undated 8 items
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3/1123/112County modernization 1981 7 items
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3/1133/113Draft and correspondence with reviewers 1979-1980 30 items
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3/1143/114Development of a training program for local government officials and employees in Idaho 1974 1 item
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3/1153/115The Coeur d'Alene tomorrow program: a new look at citizen input on community growth and development 1981 17 items
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3/1163/116Handbook for county officials: Correspondence 1964-1966 100 items
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3/1173/117Correspondence 1971-1972 50 items
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3/1183/118Draft 1987 16 items
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3/1193/119Correspondence with reviewers of chapters 1987 31 items
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3/1203/120Publishing information 1987 8 items
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3/1213/121Chapters 6-17 1988 12 items
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3/1223/122Handbook on public budgeting and financial management 1980 8 items
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3/1233/123Correspondence 1979-1981 61 items
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3/1243/124Page proofs, Chapter 13 1982 4 items
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3/1253/125Reviews of state legislature section 1980 10 items
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3/1263/126Idaho Fiscal Sourcebook (1971), Title I application 1971 5 items
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3/1273/127Notes, documents, reports 1971 14 items
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3/1283/128Replies from agencies 1971 56 items
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3/1293/129Original correspondence 1971 98 items
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3/1303/130Idaho Fiscal Sourcebook (1972): Original correspondence 1972 90 items
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3/1313/131Notes, documents, reports 1972 20 items
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4/1324/132Idaho Fiscal Sourcebook (1973): Notes, documents, reports 1973 2 items
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4/1334/133Cover letters and miscellaneous correspondence 1973-1974 92 items
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4/1344/134Replies from agencies 1973 51 items
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4/1354/135Financial Records 1972-1974 16 items
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4/1364/136Innovative teaching newsletter 1971-1972 19 items
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4/137-1424/137-142Modern County Government: Correspondence and information for the book 1976 311 items
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4/1434/143Third draft notes 1976 7 items
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4/1444/144Personnel classification, compensation policy, review draft 1976 3 items
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4/1454/145Public works handbook, correspondence 1979 8 items
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4/1464/146Social and economic characteristics of Idaho precincts, Correspondence 1973 54 items
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4/1474/147Financial Records 1973 18 items
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4/1484/148Reorganization 1974 8 items
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4/1494/149Special district governments, Correspondence 1978 1 item
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4/1504/150Special District Handbooks: General 1972-1973 15 items
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4/1514/151Auditorium districts 1972 3 items
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4/1524/152Cemetery districts 1972 10 items
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4/1534/153Drainage districts; Fair districts 1972 2 items
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4/1544/154Fire protection districts 1972 12 items
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4/1554/155Flood control districts; Highway districts 1972 28 items
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4/1564/156Hospital districts; Irrigation districts 1972 9 items
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4/1574/157Library districts; Recreation districts; Regional airport authorities 1972 10 items
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4/1584/158Soil conservation districts; Water and sewer districts; Watershed improvement districts 1972 19 items
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4/1594/159Taxing districts 1972 43 items
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4/1604/160STAR 17 (Short Term Applied Research): Public assistance programs in Idaho 1968 30 items
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4/1614/161Report to fiscal and budget committee of the Idaho legislature, Correspondence 1968 11 items
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4/1624/162Public assistance and procedures used in other states 1968 1 item
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4/1634/163Education 1968 14 items
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4/1644/164Effect of the work experience program 1968 23 items
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4/1654/165Federal programs 1968 28 items
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4/1664/166Health 1968 9 items
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4/1674/167Interdepartmental relations (Public assistance) 1968 31 items
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4/1684/168New public assistance programs 1968 15 items
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4/1694/169Residency 1968 25 items
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4/1704/170Statistical report 1968 11 items
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4/1714/171Completed reports 1968 25 items
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4/172-1734/172-173State and local government in Idaho: Masters for overhead projector transparencies 1972 2 items
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4/1744/174Contributors 1969-1970 6 items
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4/1754/175Law enforcement and corrections 1970 8 items
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4/1764/176Interest group questionnaire 1969 101 items
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4/1774/177Correspondence, reviews, and replies 1970 54 items
Series IV. Other Papers 1960-1987
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5/178-1875/178-187Correspondence 1962-1980 824 items
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5/1885/188Idaho Humanities Commission 1979 45 items
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5/1895/189League of cities 1974 74 items
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5/1905/190Letters from national interest groups 1975 34 items
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5/1915/191Letters on Bureau services 1961 35 items
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5/1925/192National Association of Counties 1964-1978 40 items
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os/193-194os/193-194Financial: Ledgers 1972-1980 2 items
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5/195-2045/195-204Budgets and requisitions 1969-1981 367 items
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5/2055/205Bureau inventory 1970-1972 8 items
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5/2065/206Matching funds Records 1970-1973 32 items
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5/207-2095/207-209Memos 1973-1978 92 items
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5/2105/210Monthly financial reports 1971-1973 24 items
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5/2115/211Association for the Humanities in Idaho 1979 3 items
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5/2125/212Association of Idaho Cities 1974 8 items
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5/2135/213Bureau Report 1978-1979 1 item
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5/2145/214Census data 1970 7 items
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5/2155/215City salary and sewer surveys 1970 10 items
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5/2165/216Consulting services 1975-1976 6 items
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5/2175/217County apportionment 1967 7 items
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5/218-2195/218-219Eyre, John. Community power structure study and development Institute 1969 67 items
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5/2205/220Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks 1966-1972 25 items
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5/2215/221Newsletter 1965-1974 20 items
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5/2225/222Idaho Survey Research Center. Statewide polling 1972-1973 35 items
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5/2235/223Idea file 1973-1976 12 items
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6/2246/224Instructional ideas 1967 11 items
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6/2256/225Interagency committee drafts 1975 4 items
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6/2266/226Personnel 1971-1985 29 items
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6/2276/227Personnel: Assistant director recruitment 1974 7 items
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6/2286/228Policy statements 1960-1971 19 items
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6/2296/229Proctor proposal 1970 5 items
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6/2306/230Project and progress reports 1968-1975 20 items
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6/231-2326/231-232Publicity and news releases 1968-1979 70 items
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6/2336/233Research meeting minutes 1972-1974 5 items
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6/2346/234Status of projects 1972-1974 9 items
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6/2356/235Survey of local party organization 1980 102 items
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6/2366/236Transportation survey 1974 6 items
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6/237-2396/237-239Volunteer surveys undated 296 items
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6/2406/240WICHE policy analysis 1973 9 items
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6/2416/241County Night: Narrative script drafts with comments 1987 9 items
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6/2426/242Cassette tapes of narrative 1987 2 items
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6/243-2446/243-244Slides used for presentation 1987 264 items
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6/2456/245Correspondence, memos, etc 1986-1987 15 items
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6/2466/246Information of photos used 1987 30 items

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