Guide to the Emery N. Castle Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Castle, Emery N.
Title: Emery N. Castle Papers
Dates: 1950-2000
Quantity: 3.3 cubic feet
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Emery N. Castle Papers document Castle's research and writing in the fields of agricultural and resource economics, land use, and rural development.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Emery Neal Castle was born on April 13, 1923 in Greenwood County, Kansas. He received a BS and MS in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 1948 and 1950 respectively and a Ph D in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University in 1952. Before coming to the Oregon State University Department of Agricultural and Reserve Economics in 1954, Castle served as an instructor in the Department of Economics at Kansas State University from 1948 to 1952 and held the position of agricultural economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1952 to 1954. At OSU, Castle was promoted to associate professor in 1957 and to professor in 1959. Castle also held a number of administrative posts at OSU, including Dean of Faculty (1965-1966), Head of Agricultural Economics (1966-1972), Director of the Water Resources Institute (1966-1969), and Dean of the Graduate School (1972-1976). In 1976, Castle resigned from OSU to accept a position as vice president and senior research fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), a Washington, DC public policy research institute. He served as president of RFF from 1979-1986.

In 1986 Castle returned to OSU as chair of the University Graduate Faculty of Economics, a position he held until 1992. In 1987 he received a grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation which enabled him to establish a National Rural Studies Committee. In 1992 Castle was awarded professor emeritus status at Oregon State University. From 1992 to 1994, Castle chaired the Extended Education Transition Committee, which examined the administrative placement of the Extension Service Program at OSU and offered recommendations for its reorganization.

A summary of Castle's publications, awards, and professional activities is contained in a vita available in the MSS central file for Castle.

Content Description

Series I primarily consists of correspondence pertaining to Castle's research and editorial work and relates to foundation grant funding, requests for reviews of articles and books, and involvement in professional organizations and conferences. This series also documents Castle's work in Resources For the Future and Winrock International. Series II contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, testimony and research proposals from University committees served on by Castle. Included among the issues addressed by these committees are foundation grants for research projects, Oregon land use legislation, the administrative placement of the OSU Extension Service Program, and water resources research projects.

Series III consists of reviews written by Castle of books related to natural resources and agriculture. Series IV are speeches, lectures, and testimony Castle presented at professional conferences, universities, and the U.S. Congress. The topics addressed in these presentations include: water resources, the global agricultural economy, the future of American agriculture, government involvement in agricultural markets, and think tanks.

Series V consists of reports and studies covering the years 1976 to 1995 and pertaining to university agricultural and extension service programs, administrative costs at OSU, and public expectations of higher education. Included in this series are the draft and final reports of the Extension Education Transition Committee, a body headed by Castle which examined the OSU Extension Service and offered recommendations concerning its administrative reorganization and placement. Series VI consists of journal articles, Extension publications, and books written and edited by Castle. Series VII is an editor's copy of a book, The Changing American Countryside: Rural People and Places, edited by Castle in 1994-1995. Notes on small post-its on the edge of pages in the manuscript pertain to needed additions and changes to maps and figures in the book.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Emery N. Castle Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Emery N. Castle papers are organized into seven series: I. Correspondence; II. Committees; III. Book and Article Reviews; IV. Speeches and Lectures; V. Reports and Studies; VI. Publications; and VII. Manuscripts.

Related Materials :  

Other materials relating to Castle and his work can be found in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department Records (RG 128) and the Rockefeller Project Records (RG 161). Photographs documenting Castle and his work at OSU can be found in the photographic collections of News and Communications (P 57) and the R.W. Henderson Collection (P 98).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence, 1973-1995
1 Ballard Hall-Transfer of Economics Dept., 1987-1988
Map Case
* Architectural drawing
1 Bureau of Government Research and Service: Land Conservation and Development Program Evaluation Project, 1987-1988
1 Conference Materials, 1984, 1986
1 Editorial work on the book: The Changing American Countryside, 1994-1995
1 General, 1985-1989, 1993-1995
1 Kellogg Foundation: Rural Development Proposal, 1973-1977
1 OSU Distinguished Service Award, 1984
1 Resources For the Future: Research Paper for Workshop " Income Distribution, Poverty, Natural Resources, and Public Policies"
1 Draft paper and informational materials, 1983
1 Resources For the Future: Donor Support, 1983
1 Reviews of Articles and Book Proposals, 1984-1988
1 Rockefeller Foundation-Gary Toeniessen, 1986
1 Winrock International, 1984-1993

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Series II:  Committees, 1972-1994
2 Extended Education Transition Committee, 1992-1994
2 Foundation Pre-proposal Review Committee, 1988-1992
2 Graduate Council Review Committee, 1988
2 Joint Council on Food/Agricultural Sciences, National Agricultural Research and Extension Users Advisory Board, 1986
2 Land Use Programs Committee, 1972-1975
2 OSU Blue Ribbon Panel on Youth, 1988-1991
2 Water Resources Research Institute Review Panel, 1992

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Series III:  Book and Article Reviews, 1982-1983
2 Scarce Natural Resources, edited by Welch and Miewald, 1983
2 The Ultimate Resource, by Julian Simon, 1982
2 Future of American Agriculture, edited by Batie and Healy, 1982
2 U.S. Interests and Global Natural Resources, edited by Castle and Price, 1983

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Series IV:  Speeches and Lectures, 1960-1990
2 General, 1960-1971, 1973-1982
3 General, 1983-1990
3 Speeches: " The Many Faces of Agriculture" and " Rural Institutions for the Future" , undated
3 List of Castle's Publications, Speeches, and Seminars, 1986

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Series V:  Reports and Studies, 1976-1995
3 " The Role of the Social Sciences in Rural Development" , conference working papers, Rockefeller Foundation, 1976
3 " Water Resources Management in Asian Countries" , 1983
3 " Administrative Cost/Structure Assessment" , Final Report, OSU, 1992
3 " Rethinking the Outlook of Colleges Whose Roots Have Been in Agriculture" , 1992
3 " On the University's Third Mission: Extended Education, A Report to President John V. Byrne on the Placement of the Oregon State University Extension Service within the University" , 1993
3 " On the University's Third Mission: Extended Education" , Final Report, 1993
3 " Clemson Tomorrow: The Land Grant University for the 21st Century" , 1993
3 " Rethinking Extension Work: Lessons from the New Sciences" , 1994
3 " What the Public Wants from Higher Education: Workforce Implications from a 1995 National Survey" , 1995

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Series VI:  Publications, 1950-2000
3 Articles, General, 1950-2000
4 Books: Farm Business Management, The Decision-Making Process, Third Edition, 1989
4 The American Countryside: Rural People and Places, 1995

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Series VII:  Manuscript, 1995
4 The American Countryside: Rural People and Places, 1995
4 Book jackets (5) for the published volume of The American Countryside

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  • Changing american countryside.
  • Agricultural extension work.
  • Agricultural economists--Oregon.
  • Agriculture--Economic aspects.
  • Agriculture--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Agriculture--Oregon.
  • Irrigation--Oregon.
  • Land use--Law and legislation--Oregon.
  • Oregon State University. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.
  • Oregon State University. Extension Service.
  • Resources for the Future.
  • Rural development.
  • State universities and colleges--United States.
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
  • Water in agriculture.
  • Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development.

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