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Neil E. Harl papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 13/9/57

Scope and Content

This collection (1928-2009, undated) contains biographical information, correspondence, published and unpublished works, presentations, expert testimonies, committee files, course materials, research files, news clippings, audio and video tapes, slides, and subject files. It documents Harl's teaching and research, service to the University and Extension work, professional activities, and federal work. In particular, there is significant documentation on the sale of the WOI-TV station, the Iowa Coal Mining Project, and Harl's Farm Corporation Study, as well as subject files and publications in the fields of agricultural law, agricultural finance, resource economics, and the farm crisis of the 1980s.

Dates

  • 1928-2009, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the department at least 3 working days in advance.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Neil E. Harl was born in 1933 in Appanoose County, Iowa. He received his B.S. (1955) from Iowa State College (University), his J.D. (1961) from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. (1965) in economics from Iowa State University.



Harl served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army (1955-1957), after which he served as a Field Editor for Wallace's Farmer for a year (1957-1958). He worked as an agricultural economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1958-1964) before joining Iowa State University as an Associate Professor (1964-1967), Professor (1967-2004), and Professor Emeritus (2005- ) of economics. In 1976, he became Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture. He also served as a Lecturer (1982) at Drake University.



Harl was the Director (1990-2004) of Iowa State's Center for International Agricultural Finance, which conducts educational programs in Eastern and Central Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, and other states in the former Soviet Union. Under Harl’s direction, the center promoted Schools of Agricultural Banking, Credit and Finance in Latvia, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Albania, Lithuania and Ukraine. He lectured in The People's Republic of China, Australia, England, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Venezuela. He led task forces to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine to advise their central governments.



Harl served many professional groups, including organizing the American Agricultural Law Association and serving as its first president (1980-1981), as well as serving as President of the American Agricultural Economics Association (1983-1984). He was a member of both the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.



Harl’s main areas of law interest include estate planning and taxation, business planning, and agricultural law. He published widely, including 29 books, more than 400 professional articles and bulletins, and more than 850 articles in farm and financial publications. He authored the Farm Income Tax Manual for 2006 and 2007 (general collection: KF6369.8 F3 O3), the Agricultural Law Manual (Archives KF1681 A8 H373x 1985), and Farm Estate and Business Planning (Archives KF1713.Z9 H32x 1976). He spoke widely on estate planning, organization of the farm business, and creditor-debtor relations, with over 2800 speaking engagements in 42 states.



Harl served on six federal advisory bodies: a Farm Tax Reform Task Force for the U.S. Department of the Treasury (1967); the Commissioner's Advisory Group (Commissioner of Internal Revenue) (1979-1980); the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Structure Task Force (1980); the Office of Technology Assessment, Technical Advisory Committee, by Congressional Appointment (1987-1995, chair 1993-94); the U.S. Department of Agriculture Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology (2000-2002); and the Commission on Federal Payment Limitations in Agriculture (2002-2003).



He received more than 30 major awards including the USDA Superior Service Award (1987), the President’s Award from the Iowa State Bar Association (1991), the Charles A. Black Award from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (1997) for effectiveness in communicating with the public, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture award from the Chicago Farmers Club (1999), the Wallace's Farmer Iowa Master Farmer Award for Exceptional Service to Agriculture (2000), the Speaker of the Year Award by the National Society of Accountants (2000), the Presidential Service Award from Iowa State University (2002), the Award for Service to American and World Agriculture from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (2006), the Order of the Knoll Award from the Iowa State University Foundation (2013), and the dedication of Harl Commons on the Iowa State University Campus (2013).



Neil and Darlene Harris Harl were married in 1952. They have two sons, Brent and Rodney.

Extent

108.27 Linear Feet (82 records center cartons, 1 document box, 1 small print box, 3 large print boxes)

Abstract

Neil E. Harl (1933- ) (agricultural economist and lawyer) received his B.S. (1955) from Iowa State College (University), his J.D. (1961) from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. (1965) in economics from Iowa State University. He was an Iowa State University faculty member in the Department of Economics from 1964-2004. In 1976, he became Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture. He also served as Director (1990-2004) of ISU's Center for International Agriculture Finance. Harl is author of Farm Income Tax Manual, Agricultural Law Manual, and Farm Estate and Business Planning. He served on six federal advisory bodies, including the Office of Technology Assessment, Technical Advisory Committee from 1987-1995. The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, published and unpublished works, presentations, expert testimonies, committee files, course materials, research files, news clippings, audio and video tapes, slides, and subject files. It documents Harl's teaching and research, service to the university and Extension work, professional activities, and federal work. In particular, there is significant documentation on the sale of the WOI-TV station, the Iowa Coal Mining Project, and Harl's Farm Corporation Study.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 10 series:

Series 1, Biographical Files, 1933-2004, undated (chronological)

Series 2, Correspondence, 1963-2003 (chronological)

Series 3, Writings, 1955-2009, undated (alphabetical)

Series 4, Presentations, 1955-2003, undated (chronological)

Series 5, Expert Testimonies, 1974-2003 (chronological)

Series 6, Research Files, 1949-2000, undated (alphabetical)

Series 7, ISU Activities, 1956-2003, undated (alphabetical)

Series 8, Professional Activities, 1958-2004 (alphabetical)

Series 9, Federal Work, 1979-1995 (alphabetical)

Series 10, Publications, 1939-2003, undated (alphabetical)

Series 11, Subject Files, 1928-2003, undated (alphabetical)

Series 12, Videotapes, 1990

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 RS 13/9/5. Iowa State University. Center for International Finance records, 1990-2003, undated RS 5/6. Iowa State University. WOI Radio and Television records, 1911-2012, undated RS 23/1. Iowa State University. Research Foundation records

Related collection materials

Related collections in the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library include:

•Karl A. Fox Papers (RS 13/9/16)

•John F. Timmons Papers (RS 13/9/56)



Related collections in other repositories include:

•Records of the Office of Technology Assessment, circa 1980-06/30/1993, National Archives identifier 643790, Record Group number 444, National Archives and Records Administration (http://research.archives.gov/description/643790)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 13/9/57. Neil E. Harl papers, 1928-2009, undated
Date
July 1, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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