Donald C. Mead collection on microenterprises in Africa Edit


MSS 526 Large
Finding Aid Author
Joseph Lauer, Leslie M. Behm, and Rachel Alexander.
Finding Aid Date
October 2016
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


  • 1990 – 1999 (Creation)


  • .3 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box.


  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Donald C. Mead collection on microenterprises in Africa, MSS 526, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Donald C. Mead in 2013.

  • Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Joe Lauer, Leslie Behm, and Rachel Alexander in October 2016.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Donald C. Mead was born in Houston, Texas in 1935. He recieved his B.A. from Haverford College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Dr. Mead worked at Church World Service, Yale University, Makerere University College, Harvard Institute for International Development, Michigan State University, and several other colleges during his career.

    Professor Emeritus Mead joined MSU as a Professor of Agricultural Economics in 1979 and worked until retirement in 1998, with primary emphasis on international economic development. Key areas of research were in linkages between large and small enterprises, patterns of growth of small and medium-sized businesses, project and policy needs of small enterprises, institutional structures for the promotion of small enterprises, patterns of employment growth among enterprises of different types and sizes, and alternative mechanisms for linking small enterprises to the rest of the economy.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Donald C. Mead collection on microenterprises in Africa contains reports and documents about small and micro enterprises in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world and 1994 reports on Rwanda. This is part of a larger donation of books and documents that were incorporated into the main MSU library's collection.

  • Arrangement

    The material is arranged into two series: Series 1. Publications and Series 2. Correspondence.