A. Allan Schmid Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Speaker
Samuels, Warren J., 1933-
Schmid, A. Allan, (Alfred Allan), 1935-
A. Allan Schmid papers
Date [inclusive]
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Biographical Note

A. Allan Schmid received his B.S. in 1956 from the University of Nebraska; his M.S. in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin, with his thesis entitled, "The Soil Bank: An Appraisal of the Experience in Rock County, Wisconsin;" and his Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of Wisconsin, with his thesis entitled, "Water Allocation and Development in Wisconsin."

Schmid became an assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1959, achieved a full professorship in 1968, and in 1998 was elevated to the position of University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Department of Resource Development. Schmid retired from MSU in 2006. He passed away in 2017.

Focusing on politics and economics, Schmid's bibliography includes the following books: Conflict and Cooperation: Institutional and Behavioral Economics (2004); The Economy as a Process of Valuation (1997); Beyond Agriculture and Economics (editor, 1997); Benefit-Cost Analysis: A Political Economy Approach (1989); Property, Power, and Public Choice (1987/1978); Law and Economics: An Institutionalist Perspective (1980); Policy Aspects of Land-Use Planning in Ireland (1983); Converting Land from Rural to Urban Uses (1968).

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Scope and Contents note

The faculty papers of A. Allan Schmid contain notes, correspondence, and reports regarding the Army Corps of Engineers Planning, Programming, and Budgeting system. Also included are personal correspondence, notes, conference papers, and articles regarding institutional economics. Reviews and commentary on Schmid's 1978 book "Property, Power, and Public Choice," and course materials for Agricultural Economics 800, 810, 811, and 911 are part of the collection. A video tape of the last lecture of Warren Samuels' Economics 819 class is included as are digital lecture slides from AEC 810 and a recorded lecture labeled "Money Lecture 2005".

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 2013

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

Revision Description

 Added electronic resource - CW June 2014

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

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.

Custodial History

Transferred by A. Allan Schmid.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Department of Economics.
  • United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.


  • Course materials
  • Digital images
  • Lectures
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Reports
  • Video recordings

Personal Name(s)

  • Schmid, A. Allan, (Alfred Allan), 1935-


  • Agriculture -- Economic aspects
  • Economics -- Study and teaching
  • Institutional economics

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Army Corps of Engineers Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System correspondence and reports 1968-1971 

F.D. 1

Correspondence 1967-2004 

F.D. 2

Course Materials for AEC 810 and 811, part 1 of 3 1983-2006 

F.D. 3

Course Materials for AEC 800, 810, and 911, part 2 of 3 1962-1998 

F.D. 4

Land Problems and Policies: Materials Prepared for Class Discussion, Agricultural Economics 811, part 3 of 3 1961 

F.D. 5

Institutional Economics articles 1957-2007 

F.D. 6

N-5 National Commission on Urban Problems 1967 

F.D. 7

Property, Power, and Public Choice reviews 1964-2010 

F.D. 8

Video - Last lecture by Warren Samuels Economics 819 undated 

VHS tape

Electronic Resources 


A. Allan Schmid Lecture Materials 2000-2006 


Lecture Slides 

Images (for lecture materials) 

Recorded Lecture, "Money Lecture 2005" 

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