Preliminary Guide to the Fred Yoder Papers 1920-1980

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Yoder, Fred R. (Fred Roy)
Preliminary Guide to the Fred Yoder Papers
Date [inclusive]
4.5 Linear feet of shelf space, 5 Boxes
(MASC staff use) 2-15-25-3
Collection materials are in English.
Papers of Washington State University professor Fred Yoder, including research notes, correspondence, records related to his teaching in sociology, and other personal papers.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Fred Yoder Papers, 1920-1980 (MS.2004.14)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Fred Roy Yoder was born in 1888 in North Carolina. He was educated in various places, including Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina, the University of North Carolina, the University of Missouri, the University of London, and the University of Wisconsin. He was hired by the State College of Washington in 1920 where he taught until his retirement in 1954. After his retirement from Washington State University, he spent a number of years in Campbellsport, Kentucky. As a professor of sociology, he headed the Department of Sociology from 1928 to 1947, overseeing a great deal of growth. Additionally he did considerable writing including many articles, and two textbooks, Introduction to Agricultural Economics, and Introduction to Sociology. Yoder was very interested in political biography, and undertook several projects including biography of John R. Rogers, Robert M. LaFollette, and Marion Butler. He gathered much information on these subjects, but never completed any of the three projects. Yoder was active in many community organizations, including Kiwanis, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Chamber of Commerce, and the local Democratic Party. He ran for Congress in 1944 and 1954, losing both times.

(From the guide to the Fred Roy Yoder Papers, Cage 620)

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Scope and Content

Additional papers of Fred Yoder (see Cage 620). Includes some papers of Wilma Yoder.

Preliminary inventory:

Box 1. Mixed. Subject files, teaching files, student assignments (including a folder of veterinary surgical anatomy assignments).

Box 2. Mixed. Student assignments (Sociology), lecture notes, typescript about Robert LaFollette.

Box 3. Mixed. Lecture notes, real estate title abstracts, subject/research files, and a small amount of personal and professional correspondence files, including one for the Veterans' Administration.

Box 4-5. Wilma Yoder files, including a large number of letters to Wilma from Fred.

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This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Elaine Zakarison, daughter of Fred Yoder, donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2004 (MS-2004-14).

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Related Materials

Related Material

Fred Roy Yoder Papers, circa 1890-1980 (Cage 620).

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Yoder, Fred R. (Fred Roy) -- Archives.
  • La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1855-1925.


  • Colleges and Universities

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