Juanita Morris Kreps papers, 1921-2001

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Kreps, Juanita Morris
Juanita Morris Kreps (1921-2010) was a former Secretary of Commerce and the James B. Duke Professor of Economics and administrator at Duke University. This collection primarily documents her professional life through her correspondence, writings and speeches, and governmental activities. It forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.
41.1 Linear Feet (57 boxes)
Material in English.
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Scope and content:

This collection documents Kreps's career as an economist, academic administrator, and Secretary of Commerce for the Carter administration.

The largest series in the collection, Secretary of Commerce, is organized into six subseries: Appointment Books and Calendars, Appointment and Confirmation Process, Correspondence, Notes, Subject Files, and Photographs.

The second largest series in the collection, Speeches, contains drafts (frequently annotated and accompanied by other material) of Kreps's lectures, speeches, and remarks on occasions such as academic conferences, university commencements, various other university events, and corporate executive board meetings. The subjects are broadly based and reflect her interests in economics, especially in aging and older workers, women's social conditions and education, the value of women's labor, women in the corporate world, and work and leisure issues. Speeches given after her tenure as Secretary of Commerce also cover broader issues about globalization and domestic and international economic policy.

Albeit small, the Correspondence series spans several decades and documents Kreps's exchanges with academics and scholars, local and federal governments, and lobbyist groups. Other correspondence documents her career positions (some more fully than others), including Secretary of Commerce; Dean of the Woman's College at Duke University (especially relating to the merger of the Woman's College and Trinity College); Public Director of the New York Stock Exchange Board; Women's Research and Education Institute Board of Directors; and Carter Presidential Center fundraiser.

The Appointment Books and Calendars series records Kreps's busy schedule of events and engagements, and the Publications series holds her contributions to academic journals, government publications, and books.

The Visual Material series houses images that date from her childhood through her long career. Between this series and the Photographs subseries in the Secretary of Commerce series, there are 20 photo albums, 15 scrapbooks, 692 color and 595 black-and-white loose photographs, and over 100 negatives.

Other Files series contains material that falls outside of the scope of the other series, such as teaching material and publicity clippings.

Biographical / historical:
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Date Event
1921, Jan. 11
Born in Lynch, KY
BA, Berea College
MA, Duke University
Married Clifton H. Kreps, Jr.
Instructor, Denison University
Assistant Professor of Economics, Denison University
PhD, Duke University
Lecturer in Economics, Hofstra University
Lecturer in Economics, Queens College
Visiting Instructor and Assistant Professor, Duke University
Associate Professor, Duke University
Member, Board of Directors, National Council on Aging
Professor of Economics, Duke University
Dean of Woman's College and Assistant Provost, Duke University
Member, Board of Directors, Educational Testing Service
James B. Duke Professor of Economics, Duke University
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, North Carolina Manpower Commission
Member, Board of Directors, New York Stock Exchange
Vice President, Duke University
North Carolina Public Service Award
Secretary of Commerce, Carter administration
Stephen Wise Award, American Jewish Congress
Trustee, Duke Endowment
Distinguished Public Service Award, North Carolina Citizens Association
2010, July 5
Died in Durham, NC
Acquisition information:
The Juanita Morris Kreps papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as gifts in 2002 and as a transfer from Perkins Library in 2023.
Processing information:

Processed by Matthew Panhans and Norikazu Takami, August 2011.

Encoded by Paula Jeannet, Matthew Panhans and Norikazu Takami, August 2011.

Updated by Leah Tams, November 2023.

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2002-0011, 2002-0320, 2023-0153.


The Juanita Morris Kreps papers are arranged into seven series: Appointment Books and Calendars, Correspondence, Secretary of Commerce, Publications, Speeches, Visual Material, and Other Files.

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