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Sherwood O. Berg papers

Identifier: ua00042

Scope and Content

The collection contains talks and writings, correspondence, dispatches, and course materials created by Sherwood O. Berg, as well as university committee files for committees Berg was involved in. The bulk of the collection consists of miscellaneous talks and writings, dating from 1961-1970, and course materials, mainly regarding Agricultural Economics course 206: seminar in agricultural policy. The collection dates from 1954-1972.


  • 1954-1972


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Access to Materials

This collection is stored at an off-site facility and requires 3-5 business days for retrieval. Email to request access. Do not make travel arrangements or plans to visit Andersen Library without making prior arrangements with University Archives staff.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Sherwood O. Berg (b. 1919)

Sherwood Olman Berg B.A. (1947) South Dakota State College, M.S. (1948) Cornell University, PhD (1951), University of Minnesota. U.S. agricultural attaché to Yugoslavia (1951-1954); U.S. agricultural attaché to Denmark and Sweden (1954-1957); Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics (1963-1973), Dean, Institute of Agriculture (1963-1973), University of Minnesota.

Sherwood Berg was born in 1919 in Hendrum, Minnesota. He earned his PhD in agricultural Economics at the University of Minnesota, and served as agricultural attaché for the US State Department Europe during the post –war period. In July 1957, Berg accepted the position of Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Minnesota. He held this position until June 1963. During his tenure as department head, Berg was appointed by Lyndon Johnson to chair the National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber from 1965 to 1967. He resigned as the dean of the Institute in 1973, embarking on a two year assignment as director of the Indonesia Project, a MUCIA (Midwest Universities Consortium for International Affairs) initiative to develop an institute of agriculture in Jogjackarta, Indonesia. Upon his return in 1975, Berg was named president of South Dakota State University. Berg retired as South Dakota State University president in 1984.


5 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)


Collection contains the papers of Sherwood O. Berg, professor of agricultural and applied economics and dean of the Institute of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota.

Physical Location

Off-Site (WBOB)

Source of acquisition

The collection was donated to University Archives in July of 1981.

Related Material in University Archives

College of Agriculture records

Other Related Materials

Sherwood O. Berg papers on the National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber, South Dakota State University Archives, Hilton M. Briggs Library, South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Office of the President: Papers of University Presidents, South Dakota State University Archives, Hilton M. Briggs Library, South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Sherwood O. Berg Papers, 1954-1972
Karen Spilman
March 2005
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