Juanita Morris Kreps papers, 1921-2001 and undated
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- Kreps, Juanita Morris
- Juanita Morris Kreps was born January 11, 1921, in Lynch (Harlan Co.), Kentucky. She was Professor of Economics at Duke University (1958-1977), where she held the James B. Duke professorship (1972-1977), also serving as Dean of the Woman's College (1969-1972) and University Vice President (1973-1977). She then was appointed U.S. Secretary of Commerce in 1977 for the Carter Administration and served for two years. Kreps's papers span the years 1921-2001, and contain incoming and outgoing correspondence (1968-1979), many speech drafts (1967-1997), twenty photograph albums, fifteen scrapbooks, 692 color and 595 black-and-white loose photographs, and over 100 negatives. There are also briefing books, reports, notes, minutes, appointee recommendations, speech drafts, and other documents relating to Kreps's cabinet-level work. The audience for her speeches included university students as well as alumni and women's organizations; speech topics focus on education for women, the value of women's work, age and gender in economics and economic markets, and leisure and economic growth. Other correspondence documents Kreps's career positions, some more fully than others, including Secretary of Commerce; Duke University Dean of the Woman's College, especially relating to the merger of the Woman's College and Trinity College; Public Director of the New York Stock Exchange Board; and Women's Research and Education Institute Board of Directors. Photograph albums and scrapbooks detail visits to the USSR, China, and Japan and contain clippings regarding her cabinet position.
41.1 Linear Feet
Approximately 19,925 Items
- Material in English
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- Scope and Content:
The Juanita Kreps Papers span the years 1921-2001, mainly documenting Kreps's career as an economist, academic administrator, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce for the Carter administration. The two series holding the majority of the materials, the Secretary of Commerce and Speeches Series, concern her service in the political and public spheres respectively. The Secretary of Commerce Series is arranged in the following seven subseries: Appointment Books and Calendars, Appointment and Confirmation Process, Correspondence, Notes, Subject Files, Scrapbooks, and Photographs. Photograph albums and scrapbooks detail visits to the USSR, China, and Japan and contain clippings regarding her cabinet position. There are also separate series for correspondence and appointment books that fall outside the scope of the Secretary of Commerce period. The second largest series in the collection, the Speeches Series contain 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, the local and federal governments, and lobbyist groups. Other correspondence documents Kreps's career positions, some more fully than others, including Secretary of Commerce; Duke University Dean of the Woman's College, 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; photos taken during her cabinet position are found in the Secretary of Commerce series. Other Files Series contains materials that fall out of the above series, such as teaching materials and publicity clippings.
- Biographical / Historical:
Chronology List Date Event 1921, January 11 Born in Lynch (Harlan Co.), Kentucky 1942 B.A., Berea College 1944 M.A., Duke University 1944 Married Clifton H. Kreps, Jr. 1945-1946 Instructor, Denison University, Ohio 1947-1950 Assistant Professor of Economics, Denison University 1948 Ph.D, Duke University 1952-1954 Lecturer in Economics, Hofstra University, NY 1954-1955 Lecturer in Economics, Queens College (now City University of New York), NY 1958-1961 Visiting Instructor and Assistant Professor, Duke University 1963-1968 Associate Professor, Duke University 1964 Member of board of directors of National Council on the Aging 1968-1972 Professor of Economics, Duke University 1969-1972 Served as Dean of Duke Woman's College and Assistant Provost 1971-1977 Member of Board of Directors, Educational Testing Service 1972-1977 Named James B. Duke Professor of Economics 1972-1974 Vice-chair of board of directors of North Carolina Manpower Commission 1972-1977 Member of Board of Directors of New York Stock Exchange 1973-1977 Served as Vice-President of Duke University 1976 North Carolina Public Service Award 1977-1979 Served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce for the Carter presidency 1978 Received Stephen Wise Award from American Jewish Congress 1979 Appointed Trustee of Duke Endowment 1982 Received Distinguished Public Service Award from North Carolina Citizens Association 2010, July 5 Died in Durham, North Carolina
- Acquisition Information:
- The Juanita Morris Kreps Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2001.
- Processing information:
Processed by Matthew Panhans and Norikazu Takami, August 2011.
Encoded by Paula Jeannet, Matthew Panhans and Norikazu Takami, August 2011.
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2002-0082.
Organized into the following series: Appointment Books and Calendars, Correspondence, Secretary of Commerce, Publications, Speeches, Visual Material, and Other Files. In addition to the appointment books, correspondences, and speeches in the general files, there are also similar formats embedded in the Secretary of Commerce Series that specifically belong to that period in Kreps's career.
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Woman's College Records, 1928-1974 (University Archives) — David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
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Kreps, Juanita Morris
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