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Bushrod W. Allin papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0011

Scope and Content

This collection (1932-1968, undated) consists principally of Allin's writings, including articles, reports, book reviews, addresses, speeches, and lectures. The bulk of these materials document the economics of U.S. agricultural policy and practice, including analyses of land-use practices, forecasts of future economic conditions, and reports on employment opportunities. The collection also contains biographical information, correspondence, Congressional testimony, and writings by others on topics related to economics and agriculture.


  • 1932-1968, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Born on a farm near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Bushrod Warren Allin lived near Cleburne, Texas, from early youth until he was eighteen years old. He received a B.S. (1921) and a Ph.D. (1927) in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin.

He was an instructor (1926-1928) at Wisconsin. Since that time, except for a brief as a research economist (1934-1935) at the Wharton School of Finance, Allin served in various capacities in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He was a taxation economist (1928-1930) for the Forest Taxation Inquiry and then served as an agricultural economist (1930-1934) with the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. After working for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1935-1937) and the Office of Planning of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1938-1942), he served as special assistant (1942-1946) to the chief of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. He then became chairman (1946-1965) of the Outlook and Situation Board with responsibility for reviewing all situation and outlook reports published by the USDA and remained in this position until his retirement.

In 1960, he was a consultant to the Government of India for the International Cooperation Administration and issued a report on the development of an agricultural outlook service. For many years Allin taught in the USDA Graduate School. In 1962, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the USDA. He also served as president (1961-1962) of the American Farm Economic Association.

Allin married Thelma A. Otteson in 1922 and the couple had three children. Bushrod W. Allin died on 15 November 1968.


1.68 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)


The collection is organized in seven series:

Series 1, Addresses, Speeches, and Lectures, 1936-1961, undated (chronological)

Series 2, Biographical Material, 1937-1968, undated (alphabetical)

Series 3, Book Reviews, 1949-1959 (chronological)

Series 4, Congressional Testimony, 1944 (chronological)

Series 5, Correspondence, 1948-1965 (chronological)

Series 6, Writings, 1932-1961, undated (chronological)

Series 7, Writings by Others, 1948-1953, undated (alphabetical)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0011. Bushrod W. Allin papers, 1932-1968, undated
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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