Robert E. Hosack Papers, 1947-1982

Overview of the Collection

Robert E. Hosack
Robert E. Hosack Papers
1947-1982 (inclusive)
3 l.f.
Collection Number
MG119 (collection)
Correspondence and other papers relating to the Moscow, Idaho chapter of the United World Federalists (1947-1970) and clippings, reports, and other papers relating to service in the Idaho Legislature (1975-1978).
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Ewing Hosack was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, on May 15, 1911. In 1943 he joined the faculty of the University of Idaho where he taught for thirty-one years, retiring in 1974. He served as 5th district representative in the 43rd and 44th Idaho Legislatures (1975/1976 & 1977/1978).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The material is contained in three archival file boxes and consists of material dealing with the Idaho Legislature, special interest areas, and the United World Federalists.

Material relating to the legislature includes committee minutes, directories, and miscellaneous publications. The special interest area series consists of file folders of newspaper clippings and articles. Items in the United World Federalists series include correspondence, several different newsletters, and a variety of publications.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Items in the Idaho Legislature series are divided by type of material, i.e., directories, minutes, publications. The special interest area material is arranged alphabetically by subject, and the United World Federalist material is arranged by type of material.

Acquisition Information

The material in this archival group was donated to the University of Idaho Library by Robert Hosack in March 1983.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Idaho Legislature Return to Top

Robert Ewing Hosack served as 5th district representative in the 43rd and 44th Idaho Legislatures (1975/1976 & 1977/1978). The following materials relate to this aspect of his career.

Description Dates
Directory of Idaho Information Sources
June 1975
State of Idaho Telephone Directory
Legislative Directory
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
Minutes of Meetings
House Printing & Legislative Expense Committee, 44th Legislature 1st Session
House Printing & Legislative Expense Committee. 44th Legislature, 2nd Session
Judiciary, Rules & Administration Committee. 44th Legislature, 2nd Session
State Affairs Committee. 44th Legislature, 2nd Session
Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Improving Urban America: a Challenge to Federalism. Washington, D.C.
Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. In Respect to Realities: a Report on Federalism in 1975. Washington, D.C.
Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Pragmatic Federalism: The Reassignment of Functional Responsibility. Washington, D.C.
Arthur Andersen & Co. Sound Fiscal Judgment in the Public Sector
Duncombe, Sydney and Michael S. Vollmer. The Use of Revenue Sharing Funds by Local. Government in Idaho. Moscow, University of Idaho Bureau of Public Affairs Research
Legislative Data - 43rd Legislature
Standing Committees of the House and Senate
Pamphlet: "A brief introduction to your legislature"
Map of state legislative members
Voting records compiled by the Idaho Conservation League
Voting records compiled by the Idaho Employees Association
Legislative Data - 44th Legislature
Map of State Legislative members
Voting records of members contained in Idaho Challenge
May 1977
Final disposition of bills in the House and Senate
Legislative programs of several organizations
Legislative Expenses
Telephone bills
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
Travel expenses
Legislative Process
Chart: "Passage of a Bill"
Seating charts for the House and Senate
Articles "Legislative bill drafting.," by Albert R. Menard
Newspaper clippings
85 pages of mounted clippings

Series II. Special Interest Areas Return to Top

This series consists of file folders containing newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and other publications. The folders, which are in alphabetical order by topic, contain some material which deals with legislative committees, some which concerns bills in the legislature, and also material which is not connected with politics at all. Although only the folder headings are listed below, the file cards for this series list the materials found in each folder.

Administrative Rules and Regulation
Agriculture Association for the Humanities in Idaho
Association of Idaho Cities
Bad Checks
Business Committee
Carter (Jimmy)
Common Cause
Criminal Justice Planning Agency
Death Penalty
Death with Dignity
Democratic Caucus
Economy Education
Election Procedure
Election - Presidential Primary
Health & Welfare Committee
Heyburn State Park
Human Rights Commission
Idaho Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Indian Affairs
Judiciary & Rules Committee
Land use Planning
Lien Laws Committee
Litter Law
Loyalty Oath Case
Nursing Homes
Older Citizens & Welfare
Personnel System
Public Employees
Public Utilities Commission
Resources & Conservation
Retirement System
Right to Life
Right to Work
State Affairs Committee
State Governments, Council of
State Legislatures, National Conference of
Sunshine Law
Trading Stamps
University of Idaho

Series III. Local Planning & Zoning Return to Top

As in the previous series, this series consists of file folders of newspaper clippings. The clippings in this series relate to city planning and zoning ordinances in the city of Moscow and Latah County. Listed below are the folder headings and the inclusive dates of the clippings.

Latah County 1971-1980 Moscow - Publications, 1970-1978 Moscow - newspaper clippings, 1958-1982 Moscow - Landfill, 1965-1972 Moscow - Student housing, 1965-1973

Series IV. United World Federalists Return to Top

The United World Federalists was formed at Asheville, North Carolina, in Feb. 1947. Robert Hosack was involved with the organization almost from its beginning and served as president of the Moscow, Idaho, chapter.

Description Dates
Political Action Letter (13 issues)
Branch and Chapter Letters (5 issues)
FYI (For Your Information) (4 issues, 1951; 3 issues, 1970)
Local Chapter Material
Three membership lists
Minutes from meetings (1 in 1948; 2 in 1950)
Three newspaper clippings
Undated financial statement
Three month budget
February - April 1948
19 items
7 items
2 items
Circular Letters, etc.
"Chapter Organization and Activity"
"Political Action for United World Federalists"
"A Guide for Federalist Activity"
Balance Sheets
December 1969 - March 1970
Circular letters
Publications (Partial list)
Eichelberger, Clark M. "Time has come for action." New York, Commission to Study the Organization of Peace
August 1944
Einstein, Albert. "Atomic war or peace." Reprinted from The Atlantic onthly
Holliday, W.T. "Our final choice." Reprinted from Reader's Digest
January 1948
Kornhauser, Samuel J. "World government under law: American experience with federal union." Reprinted from American bar Association Journal
June 1947
Levering, Samuel R. "World government the path to peace." Reprinted from University of North Carolina Extension Bulletin
October 1946
"Preliminary draft of a world constitution as proposed and signed by Robert M. Hutchins, ...." Common Cause
March 1948
Taylor, Glen H. "Creation of a world republic." Speech to the US Senate
Reprinted from Congressional Record.
October 24, 1945
Taylor, Glen H. "Need for Strengthening United Nations." Speech to the US Senate
July 9. 1947
Warburg, James P. "Let's take the tough ones." Address to the second national assembly of the United World Federalists, Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 13, 1948
Wofford, Harris L. "The Case for the campaign." Published for the Foundation for World Government
"World Government Highlights." Abridged edition. New York, United World Federalists
World Government News
October 1949, February 1950

Series V. Photograph Return to Top

Description Dates
A119-l: Photograph of Robert E. Hosack with Norma Dobler and Frank Church taken in 1978

Series VI. League of Women Voters of Idaho Return to Top

In January 1984 Nancy Hosack added to this archival group some material from the Moscow branch of the League of Women Voters. The material is dated between 1955 and 1974 and is mainly comprised of copies of correspondence from league presidents to state legislators. Much of the material is related to the proposed revision of the state constitution.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Legislators -- Idaho -- Correspondence

Corporate Names

  • United World Federalists (U.S.). Moscow, Idaho, Chapter

Geographical Names

  • Idaho -- Politics and government -- Sources


  • Idaho State Representative from Idaho, 1975-1978.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Hosack, Robert Ewing, 1911- --Archives.