Amos Yoder Papers, 1950-1991

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Amos Yoder, 1921-
Title
Amos Yoder Papers
Dates
1950-1991 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG339 (collection)
Summary
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.
Repository
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
83844-2350
Telephone: 2088850845
libspec@uidaho.edu
Languages
English
Sponsor
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

Arrangement

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.

Acquisition Information

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

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Class Lectures and Related Articles , 1950-1991Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Political Science 237, International politics
52 items
1990
1/2
Related articles
31 items
1983-1989
1/3
Political Science 381, Politics of Western Europe
51 items
1989
1/4
Related articles
47 items
1982-1986
1/5
Political Science 382, Communist politics
18 items
1990
1/6
Related articles
33 items
1980-1990
1/7-8
Political Science 438, Conduct of American foreign policy
46 items
1991
1/9
Related articles
50 items
1950-1991
1/10
Exercise
14 items
1990
1/11
Cuba file
4 items
1990
1/12
Political Science 440 (Honors) European unity
36 items
1980-1990
1/13
Related articles
27 items
1980-1989
1/14
Political Science 440 International Organization and International Law
32 items
1990-1991
1/15
Related articles
28 items
1974-1991
1/16
Afghanistan. Security Council Meetings
3 items
1980
1/17-18
Political Science 449 World politics and war
44 items
1991
1/19
Related articles
39 items
1955-1991

Series II. Subject Files , 1972-1991Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/20
Back to basics
1 item
1990
1/21
Borah Symposium
24 items
1976-1991
1/22
China
37 items
1972-1989
1/23
China - Book requests
34 items
1986
1/24
China - Comparative government
11 items
1986
1/25
China - Conversation class
13 items
1986
1/26
Church, Frank
12 items
1973-1984
1/27
CIA intervention
14 items
1981-1984
2/28
Comments on theses: Said Laswad
8 items
1990
2/29
John Potter
4 items
1991
2/30
Joseph J. St. Marie
4 items
1990-1991
2/31
Communism, Chinese
5 items
1989-1990
2/32
Communism, World movements
8 items
1980-1987
2/33
Communist political systems and challenges (book by A. Yoder)
21 items
1989-1990
2/34
Congress
33 items
1983-1986
2/35
Deans' salaries
30 items
1990
2/36
Directed study
9 items
1986-1988
2/37
Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East
1 item
1974
2/38
Far Eastern politics
4 items
1963-1964
2/39
Fulbright
12 items
1985-1986
2/40
Iran-Iraq
11 items
1980-1983
2/41
Kiwanis
10 items
1981-1984
2/42
Martin Institute
44 items
1990
2/43-47
Model United Nations Meetings
137 items
1982-1990
2/48
Nelson, Mark
11 items
1977-1978
2/49
Nuclear arms control
6 items
1987-1989
2/50
Photo requests (for book The Conduct of American Diplomacy Since World War II)
14 items
1985
2/51
Political Science Graduate Student Organization
23 items
1974-1976
2/52
Readings in American Foreign Policy (Political Science 438)
1 item
undated
2/53
Sabbatical
12 items
1986-1987
2/54
Speeches
4 items
1979-1983
2/55
USSR documents
21 items
1975-1989
2/56
World Food Council, Beijing
13 items
1987
2/57
World War I
17 items
1980-1985
2/58
Yoder: Correspondence, memos
72 items
1974-1991
2/59
Other important papers
32 items
1974-1990
2/60
Talks and presentations
27 items
1975-1991
2/61
Typescripts of articles
9 items
1974-1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Political science -- Study and teaching

Corporate Names

  • University of Idaho -- Faculty -- Records and correspondence

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Yoder, Amos--Archives.