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Philip M. Raup papers

Identifier: ua1028

Scope and Content

The Philip M. Raup papers contain the totality of his professional career and include material related to his publications and presentations on agricultural economics and land use, course material and correspondence. A bulk of the collection includes his extensive research material, as well as his papers on the Highway Studies Project and Minnesota Rural Real Estate Market.


  • 1914-2008


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 Note

Dr. Philip M. Raup was born on January 4th, 1914 and raised on a farm near Timken, Kansas. It was there that he continued to farm after graduating high school (1). In 1939, Raup received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Kansas. He went on to obtain this Masters and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1941 and then in 1949 (1). Between these two degrees, Raup served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an officer from 1942 to 1945, where he was then transferred to the Office of Military Government for Germany (US) in Berlin from 1945 to 1949, serving as the Chief Land Officer and then as the Acting Chief Food and Agriculture Division (1). Within this position, Raup assisted in drafting and implementing a land reform policy for the United States occupied area of Germany. This helped repeal legislation over hereditary farms, the restoration of German programs within cadastral surveys and strip farms, and in returning land used for military purposes back to civilian use (1).

His career in higher education started as an assisted professor at the University of Wisconsin from 1949 to 1953. He then moved on to become a professor of Agricultural Economics in 1953 at the University of Minnesota (2). His primary research and study was on land valuation, land planning, agriculture’s structural change and the effects of world agricultural policies on economic development. Raup specialized in Soviet Agriculture and participated in multiple study missions to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe between 1947 and 1980 (1). For four decades he annually published reports on Minnesota's rural real-estate market, the last being published in 1992. He also served as a member of the Editorial Board for Land Economics from 1949 to 1984, as a member of the Long-Range Land-Use Planning Committee for the National Planning Association from 1979 to 1984 and on the National Advisory Committee for the Agricultural Lands Project for the National Association of Counties Research Foundation from 1979 to 1981 (1). He retired from the University in 1984, but continued teaching as Professor Emeritus up until 2006. Philip Raup died on July 21, 2011 (3).


(1) Biographical Files, Raup, Philip, Information files collection, University Archives.

(2) Minutes: University of Minnesota Board of Regents: March 12, 1953

(3) Minutes: Student Senate, University Senate, and Faculty Senate: October 6, 2011

(4) College of Science & Engineering, Geology and Geophysics is now Earth Sciences, July 1, 2011


135 Cubic Feet (108 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains materials that reflect the totality of Raup's professional career. It includes course materials, committee documents created and received as an active faculty member, extensive research materials, and documents related to his professional activities.


The papers are arranged into the following series and subseries:

  • Series 1: Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics Material, 1940-2005
  • Series 2: Course Material, 1947-2002
  • Series 3: Publications and Writings, 1939-2007
  • Series 4: Conferences, Seminars and Speeches, 1951-2005
  • Series 5: Research Material
    • Subseries 5.1: Corporate Farming, 1940-1994
    • Subseries 5.2: Economics and Finance, 1940-2005
    • Subseries 5.3: Environment, Natural Resources and Technology, 1950-2006
    • Subseries 5.4: Farming, Agriculture and Commodities, 1930-2005
    • Subseries 5.5: Food, Hunger and Poverty, 1940-2003
    • Subseries 5.6: International Material, 1917-2008
      • Subseries 5.6.1: Africa, 1959-1994
      • Subseries 5.6.2: Asia, 1944-2005
      • Subseries 5.6.3: Caribbean, 1962-2002
      • Subseries 5.6.4: Europe, 1946-2004
      • Subseries 5.6.5: Foreign Aid, 1950-2002
      • Subseries 5.6.6: Germany, 1918-2002
      • Subseries 5.6.7: Mexico and South America, 1952-2000
      • Subseries 5.6.8: Middle East, 1954-2007
      • Subseries 5.6.9: North America, 1954-2005
      • Subseries 5.6.10: South Pacific, 1966-2003
      • Subseries 5.6.11: Soviet Union and Russia, 1917-2008
      • Subseries 5.6:12: Other research material, 1948-2006
    • Subseries 5.7: Labor and Workforce, 1953-2002
    • Subseries 5.8: Land and Population Data,1934-2007
    • Subseries 5.9: Politics and Government, 1957-2006
    • Subseries 5.10: Publications and Speeches, 1950-2003
    • Subseries 5.11: Race, Culture and Religion, 1952-2006
    • Subseries 5.12: Transportation and Infrastructure, 1959-2004
    • Subseries 5.13: Universities and Education, 1914-2005
  • Series 6: Associations and Organizations, 1949-2006
  • Series 7: Personal and Professional Material, 1955-1999
  • Series 8: Professional Activities, Program and Projects, 1944-2008
    • Subseries 8.1: Curriculum Self-Survey Committee, 1944-1958
    • Subseries 8.2: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 1952-1998
    • Subseries 8.3: Great Decisions, 1988-2008
    • Subseries 8.4: Highway Studies, 1950-1977
    • Subseries 8.5: International Programs, 1953-2000
      • Subseries 8.5.1: Agency for International Development (AID), 1953-2000
      • Subseries 8.5.2: Committees, 1957-1964
      • Subseries 8.5.3: Ford Foundation, 1962-1964
      • Subseries 8.5.4: Latin American Faculty Exchange Program, 1957-1966
      • Subseries 8.5.5: Organizations and Universities, 1953-1981
      • Subseries 8.5.6: Seminars, 1962-1966
      • Subseries 8.5.7: Project and Program Material, 1953-1996
      • Subseries 8.5.8: Visiting International Students and Professors, 1952-1995
    • Subseries 8.6: Minnesota Rural Real Estate Market, 1953-1997
    • Subseries 8.7: North Central Land Tenure Research Committee (NCLRTC), 1879-1970
    • Subseries 8.8: North Central Research Strategy Committee (NCRS), 1968-1978
    • Subseries 8.9: Other Committees and Projects, 1950-1994
    • Subseries 8.10: Senate Committee on Education, Subcommittee on Attraction and Retention of Faculty, 1956-1960
  • Series 9: Correspondence, 1947-2005

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection has had 13 accessions of material between 1973 and 2013.

Processing Information

Processing completed with funds from the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society (2021-2022).

Philip M. Raup papers
In Progress
Karen Klinkenberg; updated by Leslie Czechowski;
1999; December-April 2022
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Revision Statements

  • October 2011: Collection processed by Valerie MacDonald; all accessions merged into single collection. EAD created by Karen Spilman.
  • December-April 2022: Contents list added, Notes updated by Katelyn Morken

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