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.
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- Material in English.
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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.
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Chronology List Date Event 1921, Jan. 11 Born in Lynch, KY 1942 BA, Berea College 1944 MA, Duke University 1944 Married Clifton H. Kreps, Jr. 1945-1946 Instructor, Denison University 1947-1950 Assistant Professor of Economics, Denison University 1948 PhD, Duke University 1952-1954 Lecturer in Economics, Hofstra University 1954-1955 Lecturer in Economics, Queens College 1958-1961 Visiting Instructor and Assistant Professor, Duke University 1963-1968 Associate Professor, Duke University 1964 Member, Board of Directors, National Council on Aging 1968-1972 Professor of Economics, Duke University 1969-1972 Dean of Woman's College and Assistant Provost, Duke University 1971-1977 Member, Board of Directors, Educational Testing Service 1972-1977 James B. Duke Professor of Economics, Duke University 1972-1974 Vice Chair, Board of Directors, North Carolina Manpower Commission 1972-1977 Member, Board of Directors, New York Stock Exchange 1973-1977 Vice President, Duke University 1976 North Carolina Public Service Award 1977-1979 Secretary of Commerce, Carter administration 1978 Stephen Wise Award, American Jewish Congress 1979 Trustee, Duke Endowment 1982 Distinguished Public Service Award, North Carolina Citizens Association 2010, July 5 Died in Durham, NC
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- 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.
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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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