Manuscript Group 341
1.0 cubic feet
The papers of Herbert Sydney Duncombe were donated to the University of Idaho Library in May 1988. They were processed by Judith Nielsen in July 1991.
The University of Idaho's "man of many hats," Herbert Sydney Duncombe was born in New York, where from 1950 to 1954 he worked for the State Division on the Budget. He earned a B.A. degree from Yale University in 1948, an MPA in 1955 from Syracuse, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1963. He taught Political Science at the University of Idaho from 1962 until his retirement in 1988 at the age of 61, with a one year break in 1971 when he worked in Boise as Budget Director of Idaho.
At the University he was known for his innovative teaching style in which he donned different hats and assumed different characters to illustrate events in the world of politics. He was also director of the Bureau of Public Affairs Research. Active in university affairs, he served on the Committee on Committees, the Truman Scholarship Committee, the Committee for the Institute for Pacific Northwest Studies, and the Academic Committee of the University Centennial Committee. He has written five books, contributed chapters to ten others, and has a long list of publications in scholarly journals. He was active in the Idaho Political Science Association, the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, the American Society for Public Administration, Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. His honors include the Boyd A. Martin Award given annually by the Association of Idaho Cities for exceptional contributions to city government in Idaho and the Marvin Kimberling Award given by the Idaho City Clerks and Finance Officers Association. He now resides in Veneta, Oregon.
The papers of Sydney Duncombe span the years 1962 to 1988, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1974 to 1986. Included are materials related to the organization of the Idaho Political Science Association, memoranda, correspondence and reports reflecting his involvement as chairman of the Academic Subcommittee of the Centennial Committee, course outlines, self evaluations of his teaching and courses, research materials for his work on Idaho election statistics, and mimeographed articles by Duncombe.
Approximately one cubic foot of material with the original Duncombe accession was transferred to the University Archives accessions to be processed with the Bureau of Public Affairs Research records.
Box Folder Description Items 1 1 Idaho Political Science Association. Organizational materials, 1974-1975 6 2 Minutes, 1979 1 3 Conference, 1980-1981 4 4 Idaho Journal of Politics, 1973-1980 4 5 University of Idaho Centennial, 1985-1986 34 6 Academic Committee, 1985-1986 41 7 Centennial Review, 1986-1987 26 8 Correspondence and memos, 1968-1980 3 9 Notes on books read, n.d. 1 10 Tax information, 1984 4 11 Form for internships and directed study, 1988 8 12 Political Science course outlines, 1986 2 13 Local government lecture notes and worksheets, 1986 9 14 Political Science 471, Intergovernmental relationships, syllabus and notes, 198- 17 15 Self evaluations, 1962-1986 15 16 Requirement matrix, 1984-1985 5 17 Current MPA and NASPA documents, 1974-1984 3 18 Political Science alumni addresses, 1986 51 19 Abstracts of Idaho primary election votes, 1912-1918, 1932-1982 28 20 Abstracts of Idaho general election votes, 1890-1982 47 21 Election statistics and SES documentation, 1960-1972 9 22 Elections in Idaho, 1962-1970, Western Political Quarterly articles, 1963-1971 14 23 Documentation for election statistics, 1975 3 24 Procedure/timetable for election statistics for Idaho, 1977 1 25 Idaho election statistics, 1978, complete copy with corrections 1 26-27 Election statistics corrections, 1979 29 28 Election results, 1980-1982 10 29 Election statistics preparation procedure, 1980 18 30-31 Election statistics, 1982 50 32 1982 election statistics instructions, 1983 13 33 Duncombe, Sydney, "Summary of changes made in title IV of the Social Security Act by Public Law 90-248...", 1968 1 34 Mimeographed articles by Sydney Duncombe, 1968-1981 7