Robert G. F. Spitze papers, 1950-2005
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Robert G.F. Spitze (1922 - ), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics (1960-1992), is a pioneering researcher in the field of Agricultural Economics and the study of agricultural and food policy in the United States. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his research on the process, provisions, and economic implications of agricultural food policy, the analysis of income of Illinois farm families, land grants, and for his leadership in public policy.

Papers include biographical information, awards, correspondence, Department of Agricultural Economics teaching materials and photographs, and publications relating to Spitze's work with the 1990 Farm Bill (Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990), agricultural marketing, and the economic implications of agricultural and food policy.

This collection is organized into two series: Series 1: Career and Personal Documents, 1960-2005 and Series 2: Publications, 1954-1997. Series 1 is organized alphabetically by title, while series 2 is organized chronologically by date published. Note: Also contains his wife, Hazel Taylor Spitze's 1961 Doctoral Dissertation, The Relation Between Selected Women's Knowledge and Use of Consumer Credit: A Basis for Adult Education Program Planning.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 8/4/46
Created by: Spitze, Robert G.F. (1922-)
Volume: 2.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 10/05/2015.
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/uasfa/0804046.pdf
Arrangement:

Series 1: Career and Professional Documents, 1960-2005: consists of Robert G.F. Spitze's awards, professional correspondence, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Agriculture Economics teaching materials, and curriculum vitae, arranged alphabetically.

Series 2: Publications, 1954-1997: consists of books, journal articles, reports, conference proceedings, and reviews authored, co-authored, and edited by Robert G.F. Spitze, arranged chronologically with journal articles listed first, books second, and the Policy Research Notes newsletter (editor) third.

Biographical Note for Spitze, Robert G.F. (1922-) :

ROBERT G.F. SPITZE (1922 - )

Robert G.F. Spitze, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, is a pioneering researcher in the field of Agricultural Economics and the study of agricultural and food policy in the United States. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his research on the process, provisions, and economic implications of agricultural food policy, the analysis of income of Illinois farm families, land grants, and for his leadership in public policy.

Robert George Frederick Spitze was born October 22, 1922 in Berryville, Arkansas to Wesley Henry and Norah Catherine (Stullken) Spitze. He was enrolled in the U.S. Naval Reserve Officer Training Program at Colombia University in 1943, and served as an Officer Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Amphibious Corps, Pacific Area from 1943-1946. After returning home from the war, Spitze received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas in 1947, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1954.

In 1943, while enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Spitze met his future wife, Hazel C. Taylor when she interviewed him for an article for the student newspaper. They were married in 1944. Hazel completed her M.S. in home economics and taught adult home economics courses at the Universities of Tennessee, Wisconsin-Madison, and at UIUC. In 1962, after a major struggle against inequality in the workplace and outdated nepotism policies at UIUC, she earned one of the first (if not the first) tenure track positions for a faculty spouse at UIUC.

Robert Spitze served as an Assistant Professor and Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Tennessee from 1951-1960; Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 1960-1992, and as the First Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the Economic Research Service in Washington D.C. He has served as chairman of the Interregional Economics Research Policy Project and National Task Force on Policies and Small Firsts, editor of Policy Research Notes (National Research Reports), and a reviewer of USDA Agricultural Competitive Research Grants from 1992-1996.

Spitze's research interests include agricultural food policy, its process, provisions, and economic implications, the analysis of income of Illinois farm families, land grants and land grant universities, agricultural marketing, and the impacts of the 1990 Farm Bill (Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990). He also prepared materials for legislators on agricultural policy.

Throughout his professional career, Spitze has received many awards for his research and service including the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association Outstanding Philanthropist Award (co-recipient with his wife, Hazel T. Spitze, 2004), The University of Arkansas College of Agriculture and Home Economics 1994 Outstanding Co-Alumni Award (1994),  the American Agricultural Economics Association's Distinguished Policy Contribution Award (1981),  the University of Illinois Award of Excellence for Teaching, College of Agriculture Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Paul A. Funk Recognition Award (UIUC College of Agriculture's highest recognition for exemplary service, 1973), amongst many others.

He and his wife, Hazel Taylor Spitze, sponsor several endowed student scholarship and faculty awards at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin, University of Tennessee, and University of Arkansas that recognize scholarly performance for areas unique in the Land Grant mission including teaching, advising, research and publication, extension, and public service.

Subject Index
Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Economics Department
Agricultural Marketing
Agricultural Policy
Faculty Papers
Food Policy
Land Grants
Acquisition Notes: Robert G. F. Spitze and his daughter Glenna
Related Materials: Hazel Taylor Spitze Papers, 1948-95.