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Commodity Classics

This is a collection of important but hard to find papers and books mainly related to the study of commodity futures markets. There is great benefit to reading (or re-reading) the writings of masters in the field such as Holbrook Working, Roger Gray, Tom Hieronymus, Lester Telser, Anne Peck, Allan Paul, and Bill Tomek. I recently realized that many people had not read or even heard about many of the important papers I regard as foundational to the field. A number of these papers were published in the now defunct Food Research Institute Studies, which can be found only in a few university libraries. Fortunately, the University of Illinois has a marvelous library system which has maintained a complete collection. I include here every FRI paper published on futures markets or closely related topics. I have obtained copyright permissions to post some of material. It is my understanding that the remainder can be posted under fair use provisions of copyright law or the material is already in the public domain.

My sincere hope is that this archive will open these classic readings to a new and much wider audience. I plan on adding further readings in the future. Suggestions are welcome.

Books view

Food Research Institute Studies view

Wheat Studies of the Food Research Institute view

Research Reports and Papers view

Hyperlinked Bibliographies view