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John F. Timmons papers

Identifier: RS 13/9/56

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Scope and Content

This collection (1923-2000, undated) contains biographical information, correspondence, photographs, and publications and manuscripts written by Timmons. The papers also include minutes and proceedings from various organizations including Iowa State University’s International Affairs Committee, Committee on International Programs of the (ISU) College of Agriculture, American Association of University Professors, Iowa State Water Resources Research Institute (ISWRRI), Iowa State University Agricultural Foundation, and the Iowa State University Agricultural Foundation. In addition, the collection contains contracts, amendments, and publications for international programs such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Peru, Haiti, and Brazil. The papers also consist of testimony before the joint Meeting of the Science and Technology Committee and Agricultural Committee, US House of Representatives (1979), the Cornell University farmland tax case (1971), and Ames (Iowa) Reservoir studies.


  • 1923-2000, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


John F. Timmons was born in 1912 in Linn County, Missouri. Timmons was a Professor of Economics at Iowa State University (1947-1983), named Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture at Iowa State University (1972) and was designated Professor Emeritus of Economics upon his retirement (1983).

He received a B.S. (1937), and a M.A. (1938) from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. (1945) in Agricultural Economics with a minor in law from the University of Wisconsin.

Timmons came to Iowa State University in 1947 after beginning his career as an Economist with the United States Department of Agriculture, (USDA) (1939-1941; 1943-1947), and serving as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin (1941-1943).

As a pioneer environmental economist, Timmons earned a number of professional honors and was a member of Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Delta, Sigma Xi and Cardinal Key honor societies. He also held positions in economics and agriculture on national and international committees including the World Food Institute, National Academy of Sciences, and numerous university committees. He authored over 100 papers about agriculture and economics and was involved with international aid to Peru through United States Aid In Development (USAID) (1960-1980) and was a consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil (1983) and the Sudan (1980).

Timmons married Dorothy Langdon in 1939 and they had four sons and four daughters, John L., William, Senter, David, Theresa, Nancy, Josie and Dorothy. He passed away in 1999 in Story City, Iowa.


18.3 Linear Feet (13 records center cartons and 1 document box)


The collection is organized in the order it was received.

Physical Location

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at least 3 working days in advance.

Items in related collections

RS 13/9. Iowa State University. Department of Economics records, 1902-2014

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 13/9/56. John F. Timmons, 1923-2000, undated
July 1, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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