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Collection Overview

Creator:
Dean, Prentice N.
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Prentice N. Dean Papers
Repository:
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/5x21tf42c
Dates:
1866-1964 (mostly 1910-1960)
Size:
10 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-10
Language:
English

Abstract

Prentice Northup Dean (1897-1981) was a practicing economist for the United States Tariff Commission and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also held teaching positions at Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Buena Vista University. Dean's papers document his service as United States delegate to the meetings of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and his years studying at the American University in Beirut, and include correspondence, diaries, documentation of conferences, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings. The papers also include the correspondence, diaries, and manuscripts of his family members May Dershimer née Walter and Martin R. Walter.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Dean's papers document his service as United States delegate to the meetings of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and his years studying at the American University in Beirut, and include correspondence, diaries, documentation of conferences, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings. The papers also include the correspondence, diaries, and manuscripts of his family members May Dershimer née Walter and Martin R. Walter. The majority of these papers are of biographical relevance.

Please see the series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

Arrangement:

The Papers have been arranged in three series:

Collection Creator Biography:

Dean, Prentice N.

Prentice Northup Dean (1897-1981) was a practicing economist for the United States Tariff Commission and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also held teaching positions at Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Buena Vista University.

Dean was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on November 28, 1897 to Harry Northup Dean and Adelle Dean née Prentice. He was a private in the United States Army in 1918. He received a BA in economics from Princeton University in 1920, and a MA from the American University in Beirut in 1923. He began, though never received a degree for, graduate work at Princeton University in 1923-1926. Dean later held positions at Princeton University, 1926-1927, and at the University of Pittsburgh, 1927-1934. On November 8, 1941 Dean married Carolyn Fretz. Together they had three children, Jonathan C. Dean, Martha Nancy Dean, and James Dean.

Dean began his government service with the United States Tariff Commission in 1934. In 1947, Dean attended his first GATT meeting as a delegate of the United States. He attended seven meetings, the last of which was in 1961. In 1948, he moved to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was employed as an international economist. By 1963 he was Chief of the Foreign Economic Policy Division of the Office of Foreign Economic Affairs, a branch of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. After his retirement in 1964, Dean returned to teaching at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. He held this position until the late 1970s, whereupon he moved to Columbus, Ohio. Dean remained in Columbus until his death in 1981.

Collection History

Acquisition:

This collection was donated by Prentice N. Dean in April 1964 .

Archival Appraisal Information:

Duplicate diaries and manuscripts have been separated from this collection.

Sponsorship:

These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Christopher M. Shannon in 2006. Finding aid written by Christopher M. Shannon in March 2006.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Credit this material:

Prentice N. Dean Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/5x21tf42c
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Related Material:

This collection is part of a group of 28 Mudd Manuscript Library collections related to 20th century economic thought and development which were processed as part of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission funded project. Researchers wishing to access these collections should search for the subject "Economics--20th century" or related terms in the Princeton University Library Main Catalog.

Publication Note:

The following materials were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: "Memorials," Princeton Alumni Weekly , 81 ( 20 July 1981): 24. Materials from Series 1: Dean, Prentice Northup Papers; Prentice N. Dean Papers; Public Policy Papers, Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

Subject Terms:
Economics -- 20th century.
International trade.
Swearing -- United States -- Dictionaries.
Genre Terms:
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Diaries.
Manuscripts.
Memorabilia.
Photographs.
Names:
American university of Beirut
Dean, Prentice N.
Dershimer, May Walter
Walter, Martin
Places:
Middle Atlantic States -- Social life and customs.