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Amos Yoder Papers, 1950-1991
- Amos Yoder, 1921-
- Amos Yoder Papers
- 1950-1991 (inclusive)19501991
- 2 cubic feet
- Collection Number
- MG339 (collection)
- 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.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
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.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
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 InformationReturn to Top
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.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I. Class Lectures and Related Articles , 1950-1991Return to Top
Political Science 237, International politics
Political Science 381, Politics of Western Europe
Political Science 382, Communist politics
Political Science 438, Conduct of American foreign policy
Political Science 440 (Honors) European unity
Political Science 440 International Organization and International Law
Afghanistan. Security Council Meetings
Political Science 449 World politics and war
Series II. Subject Files , 1972-1991Return to Top
Back to basics
China - Book requests
China - Comparative government
China - Conversation class
Comments on theses: Said Laswad
Joseph J. St. Marie
Communism, World movements
Communist political systems and challenges (book by A. Yoder)
Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East
Far Eastern politics
Model United Nations Meetings
Nuclear arms control
Photo requests (for book The Conduct of American Diplomacy Since World War II)
Political Science Graduate Student Organization
Readings in American Foreign Policy (Political Science 438)
World Food Council, Beijing
World War I
Yoder: Correspondence, memos
Other important papers
Talks and presentations
Typescripts of articles
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Political science -- Study and teaching
- University of Idaho -- Faculty -- Records and correspondence
- Yoder, Amos--Archives.