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Earl Orel Heady papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 9/2/52

Scope and Content

The collection (1947-2012, undated) contains biographical material, correspondence, course material, news clippings, photographs, and awards and honors. In addition, the papers contain documents regarding his consulting work for the National Science Foundation, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Bureau of Reclamation, National Water Commission, and Research Triangle Institute. The collection also includes publications on numerous aspects of agricultural economics such as policies, production, and land use. The papers also contain conference and meeting data, and reports Heady wrote for CARD.


  • 1947-2012, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

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Earl Orel Heady (1916-1987) received his B.S. (1939) and M.S. (1940) from the University of Nebraska. He earned his Ph.D. (1945) from Iowa State College (University).

Heady began his career at Iowa State as an instructor (1940-1944). He was promoted to Assistant Professor (1945-1946), Associate Professor (1946-1949), and Professor (1949-1983). He became the Director (1958-1983) of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), which under his guidance developed into a premiere economic research institute with emphasis on the economics of agricultural production, resource use, and development. More than 300 graduate students, nearly half coming from outside the U.S., have studied under his guidance. Heady retired in 1983.

Heady’s main research interests focused on agricultural economics. He pioneered the development of large scale agricultural planning models. He authored and co-authored 22 books and more than 750 journal articles and other papers, including Economics of Agricultural Production and Resource Use (1952) [call number: HD1411 .H345e], a landmark scholarly work in the area of agricultural economics.

Heady was named the first Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture at Iowa State (1956). In addition, he became first person to receive the Henry A. Wallace Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture (1978). Heady also received four honorary degrees. He also held honorary memberships to the Royal Swedish Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, the Hungarian Academy of Science, and the Soviet Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Heady was a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Econometrics Society, the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Heady married Marian Ruth Hoppert in 1941. Earl Orel Heady passed away in 1987.


19 Linear Feet (45 document boxes)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 9/2/52. Earl Orel Heady papers, 1947-2012, undated
January 22, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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