Karl T. Wright Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Correspondent
Harris, Margaret B.
Creator - Interviewer
Wink, Laurie
Creator - Author
Wright, Diane Broersma
Creator -
Wright, K. T., (Karl T.)
Karl T. Wright papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet , 28 folders, 1 videotape

Preferred Citation

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Biographical Note

Karl Theodore Wright was born December 16, 1901 in Walker, Illinois. He married Marguerite Bosworth on September 11, 1933. They had one son, Richard.

Wright graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign with a B.S. in agriculture in 1924 and a M.S. in agricultural economics in 1929. He completed his Ph.D. in 1940 at Cornell University in farm management.

He was hired by Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1929 as a research assistant in farm management and was promoted to assistant professor in 1935. This was followed with associate professor (1940), research professor (1945) and professor (1949).

In 1951–1952, he worked with the U.S. State Department, Economic Cooperation Administration and the British Ministry of Agriculture.

In 1952, he returned to MSC as a professor in agriculture. From 1958 to 1960, he was Director of the MSU Advisory Group at the University of the Ryukus and returned to MSU in 1960. In 1972, he was granted professor emeritus status.

He continued to work in agriculture economics with development agencies for Korea and other organizations in southeast Asia until 1990.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of biographical information and publications of Karl Wright. Included is the report "Michigan State University and the University of the Ryukus: An Experience in International Cooperation (1951–1986)" by Diane Broersma Wright on behalf of Karl Wright. This report includes three photographs of the University of the Ryukus. Other materials are writings, speeches, and correspondence by Wright during his experience there and his recollections. There are also letters from Margaret Harris, the previous Chief of Staff at the university (1955–1958).

There is also a work written by Diane Broersma Wright (2006) that includes Wright’s biography, publications, and a chronological list of places travelled.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 2009

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

 added an accession July 2017

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Ryūkyū Daigaku.


  • Course materials
  • Filmed interviews
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Publications
  • Reports
  • Video recordings

Personal Name(s)

  • Wright, K. T., (Karl T.)


  • Agriculture -- Economic aspects
  • Agriculture -- International cooperation
  • Land use, Rural -- Michigan
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Biography by Diane Broersma Wright 2006 

5808 1

Citation 1960 

5808 2

Cooperation in Farm Accounting 1920 

5808 21

Correspondence 1958 

5808 3

Curriculum: Agricultural Economics 987 

5808 22

Enterprise Size Districts (Data) 

5808 23

Margaret Harris Correspondence 1955-1958 

5808 4

Michigan State University Advisory Group Activities Report (Quarter 2) 1960 

5808 5

“Michigan State University and the University of Ryukus, 1951 – 1986” by Diane Broersma Wright 2006 

5808 6

Papers by Karl T. Wright 

Box Folder

“Aims of the Michigan State University Advisory Mission to the University of Ryukus” 1958 

5808 7

"Analysis of the Farm Plans Recommended for Cass County by the Land Use Planning Committee" 1943 

5808 24

“The Challenge Ahead” 1959 


Congratulatory Address at University of Ryukus 1960 

5808 9

"Cost of Producing Farm Products on 11 Farms in Du Page, Lake, and Stephenson Counties" 1924 

5808 25

“The Land-Grant Philosophy” Undated 

5808 10

"Land-Use Problems in Cass County" 1941 

5808 26

“Michigan State University’s International Programs” 1959 

5808 11

“My Assignment, Memories and Forecast of the Future of the University of Ryukus” 1960 

5808 12

“Observations on Okinawa” 1958 

5808 13

“Presentation of the Encyclopaedia Britannica” 1959 

5808 14

Pros and Cons of MSU Contract Undated 

5808 15

“The Relationship Between Michigan State University and the University Of Ryukus as Experienced by K. T. Wright” 1986 

5808 16

“Scholarship” 1960 

5808 17

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Box Folder

Project '80 & 5: The Economic, Social, Political, and Technological Climate for Rural Michigan in 1985 1972 

5808 27

Project Record Blanks undated 

5808 28

Twentieth Anniversary Trip 1978 

5808 18

University of Ryukus Chronology 1978 

5808 19

University of Ryukus Description by Kart Wright 1958-1960 

5808 20

Audio/Visual Materials 


Videotape: "Karl Wright Interview by Laurie Wink" Circa 1985 

Videotape -- Karl Wright

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