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G. Edward Schuh papers

Identifier: ua-01189

Scope and Content

The collection documents the professional career of Dr. G. Edward Schuh, noted agricultural economist and professor at the University of Minnesota.

The collection came to University Archives in five accessions between 2000 and 2009. Four of the five accessions contained materials from the entire span of Schuh's forty-three year career in higher education and public service. Three of the accessions had been organized to some degree, with presentations and talks identified in each at the folder level. However, the largest of these collections had not been described or arranged. The collections were processed separately and minimally merged after physical processing. Because Schuh's career was to a great extent divided into and defined by affiliations with three institutions—Purdue University, The University of Minnesota and the World Bank, the collection is arranged into four series encompassing the periods of time Schuh worked at each one, as well as a series representing his work as an undergraduate and graduate student.

Each of the four series (with the exception of Series 1) is divided into two subseries, Talks and Writings and Subjects. Materials in the collection are primarily in English, with some materials in Portuguese and Spanish. The collection consists of professional and personal correspondence, talks and writings, notes, draft and final reports and minutes from the numerous professional organizations Schuh was involved with and course-related material.

Series 1. Pre-professional materials, 1950-1961,includes course notes and lectures, and covers the years between 1950, when Schuh entered Purdue University as an undergraduate, to 1961, when he completed his dissertation in Economics at the University of Chicago.

Series 2. Purdue University, 1961-1978, covers the period of time Schuh served on the faculty of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University in LaFayette, Indiana. During this period, Schuh periodically took extended leave from the University to serve in other capacities, including Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (February 1978-June 1979); Senior Staff Economist with the President's Council of Academic Advisors (September 1974-August 1975); Program Advisor to the Ford Foundation (1966-1972; shared with duties at Purdue) and Research Associate, Development Advisory Service at Harvard University (1968-1969; on leave from Purdue). The Talks and Writings subseries contains drafts and final copies of speeches and conference, colloquia, and symposia presentations from this period. The Subject subseries contains correspondence, memos, reports, travel information, and course materials for graduate level classes including lecture notes and interagency materials. Of particular interest are materials concerning Purdue University, the Ford Foundation, and the establishment of graduate-level programs in agriculture at the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil.

Series 3, World Bank, 1984-1987,covers the period during which Schuh served as the director of the Department of Agricultural and Rural Development at the World Bank in Washington DC. The Subject subseries includes correspondence, meeting notes, program information, and reports from the period..

Series 4, University of Minnesota, 1979-2007,contains materials generated by Schuh during the three periods he served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Minnesota—first, as head of the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics (1979-1984), then as Dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (1987-1997), and finally as Regents Professor of International Economic Policy at the Orville and Jane Freeman Center for International Trade and Investment Policy at the Humphrey Institute (1998-2007.) The Subject subseries contains correspondence between Schuh and several organizations he played a major role in, including international food and development organizations such as BIFAD (Board For Food and International Development), BANR (Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources), CIP (The International Potato Center), CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Research), and Future Harvest; national organizations such as the AAEA (Agriculture and Applied Economics Association); and regional organizations, in particular the RDC (Rural Development Council.) These files also include reports and annual reviews of organizations on whose board Schuh served. This subseries also contains course materials for classes Schuh taught while in the department of Agriculture and Applied Economics and the Humphrey Institute

The entire collection has been weeded for duplicate and out of scope materials, such as routine travel information, most routine correspondence and, student records. Researchers may find some duplication of talks and writings in the collection, as many of the subject files originally contained papers Schuh wrote on those subjects.


  • 1950-200


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English, Portugese, and Spanish

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


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 G. Edward Schuh (1930-2008)

G. Edward Schuh, 1930-2008, was an internationally recognized expert in agricultural and food policy, economic and rural development and international trade. He held a B.S. (1952) from Purdue University in agricultural education, a M.S. (1954) from Michigan State University in agricultural economics, and a M.A. (1958) and Ph.D. (1961) from the University of Chicago in economics.

Schuh served as professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University from 1959-1978. Concurrent with his appointment at Purdue, Schuh served as Program Advisor to the Ford Foundation from 1966 to 1972, focusing efforts on creation of graduate level programs in agriculture in Brazil. On leave from Purdue from 1974 to 1975, Schuh served as Senior Staff Economist on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisors. Schuh was the first director, from 1977 to 1978, of Purdue’s Center for Public Policy and Public Administration. From 1978 to 1979, he was Deputy Under-Secretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Schuh came to the University of Minnesota in 1979 where he served until 1984 as professor and head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. In 1984 he accepted a position as the Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at the World Bank in Washington D.C.

In 1987 Schuh returned to the University of Minnesota to serve as Dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, a position he held until 1997. From 1997 until his retirement in 2006, he was Director of the Orville and Jane Freeman Center for International Economic Policy in the Humphrey Center, focusing on agricultural and economic development policy, international trade and investment policy, and science and technology policy. In 1998, Schuh was awarded the title of Regent's professor, the highest honor bestowed upon the faculty at the University of Minnesota. He retired from the University of Minnesota in 2006.

Schuh is the author of over 100 scientific publications. He authored or co-authored six books and edited another six. The recipient of dozens of honors and awards for international service, Schuh was elected a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1984, the American Academy of Arts and Science in 1987, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1989.


65 Cubic Feet (52 boxes)


Collection contains the papers of G. Edward Schuh, Regents' professor, director of the Freeman Center for International Economic Policy and former dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives on November 14, 2000 by G. Edward Schuh. Subsequent accretions were deposited in 2004 and 2009.

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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G. Edward Schuh papers, 1950-2007
Karen Spilman
July 2005
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