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Donald C. Mead collection on microenterprises in Africa

Identifier: MSS 526 Large

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.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1990 - 1999

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 authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

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.


.3 Linear Feet (1 box.)

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

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.

Finding aid for Donald C. Mead collection on microenterprises in Africa
4 Published And Cataloged
Joseph Lauer, Leslie M. Behm, and Rachel Alexander.
October 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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