Menu

Preliminary Guide to the Joseph John Spengler Papers, [ca. 1896]-1987

Collection Overview

Chiefly correspondence, printed material, critiques of publications, bibliographies, class notes, and other papers relating to his career, publications, and affiliation with different economics associations (26,378 items, 52.7 linear feet; dated 1928-1987). Some are photocopies of Spengler's correspondence with William Richard Allen. The collection also includes manuscripts of some of his works, information concerning Duke University's administrative policies and staff, reprints of published articles relating to his career, and a charcoal portrait. (1-9-87, 88-010, 93-180, 00-213) No container lists exist for these accessions.

Addition #93-294 (34,009 items, 59.1 linear feet; dated [ca. 1896]-[ca. 1976], bulk 1914-1960) contains primarily business and Spengler and Kress family correspondence, especially between Dot and Joe ([ca. 1919]-[ca. 1976]). Also includes manuscripts for Dot's genealogical novel, Family Saga in America ([ca. 1930s]) and Joe's work, Life in America; as well as Dot's journals and diaries (1924-1939, 1969). There are Christmas cards, postcards, and newspaper clippings; photographs of family and friends, including 2 tintypes, 32 cartes-de-visite, 1 color and 91 black-and-white prints, and 76 healthy nitrate negatives; and lace knitted by Dot's grandmother.

Also includes 6 photograph albums kept by Dot, two of which contain pictures taken by her with a brownie camera in and of Piqua, OH (1914-1919). The other albums contain photographs and memorabilia depicting Dot's life as a college student at Miami University, OH (1919-1921); and two showing views of the Spengler's homes, friends, and life in Tuscon, AZ, Tampa, FL (1930-1938), and Durham, NC and Duke University (1932-1940). The latter also records the 1938 Duke University faculty baseball team.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.01242
Title
Joseph John Spengler papers
Date
[ca. 1896]-1987
Creator
Spengler, Joseph J. (Joseph John), 1902-1991
Extent
111.8 Linear Feet, 60,387 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Restrictions on Access & Use

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

However some of the materials are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use.

In addition, all or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. There may be a 48-hour delay in obtaining these materials.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

1. Accession (1993-0294)

The documents in this accession were processed in the order in which they were received.

Some of the materials in this accession are not immediately accessible because they require further processing before use.

Technical services staff may need to reformat newsprint and/or brittle paper in boxes 1-8, 11-15, 20, 24-32, 35-38, 40-41, 48-50, 75, and 82 before use. Technical services staff may need to process materials in envelopes in boxes 1-2, 4-6, 11-14, 16-22, 24-25, 27-29, 32-34, 38-53, 56-69, 71-84, and 86-88 before use. Technical services staff may need to remove rusty fasteners in boxes 2-8, 10, 14, 32-35, 39-41, 44, 48-50, 55-56, 58, 60, 70-71, 84-85, and 91 before use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Contents of Box 1:
Box 1
Business Correspondence, 1938-1941
Box 1
Contents of Box 2:
Box 2
Business Correspondence, 1941-1942, undated
Box 2
Labeled folders
Economic Fallacies
Box 2
Text Correspondence
Box 2
Contents of Box 3:
Box 3
Foldered materials
Business Correspondence, 1943-1945
Box 3
Articles
Box 3
[unlabeled]
Box 3
Contents of Box 4:
Box 4
Correspondence, 1930s and 1940s, undated
Personal and Business
Box 4
Miscellaneous
Box 4
[loose papers]
Box 4
Contents of Box 5:
Box 5
Business Correspondence, 1948-1949
Box 5
South Africa Trip, 1968 July
Box 5
Contents of Box 6:
Box 6
Correspondence
Personal Interest
Box 6
Important Pre-1940
Box 6
Daily Reminder Book
Box 6
[loose papers]
Box 6
Contents of Box 7:
Box 7
Manuscript of book by Dot Spengler, Family Saga in America, 1939
Box 7
Contents of Box 8:

Attention: Contains inactive mold and mildew.

Box 8
Correspondence in Journal, 1939-1940
Box 8
Family Saga in America
Box 8
Contents of Box 9:

Attention: Contains inactive mold and mildew.

Box 9
Family Saga in America, rewrites and copies
Box 9
Contents of Box 10:
Box 10
Family Saga in America, rewrites and copies
Box 10
Contents of Box 11:
Box 11
Family Saga in America, copies
Box 11
Correspondence From Margaret Blomquist to Spenglers, [1970s-1980s]
Box 11
Contents of Box 12:
Box 12
Blomquist Correspondence, continued
Box 12
Life in America, by Joseph Spengler
Box 12
Correspondence from Dot Spengler to Joseph Spengler, 1928
Box 12
General and Personal Correspondence, 1929
Box 12
Contents of Box 13:
Box 13
Notebook with newspaper clippings
Box 13
General and Personal Correspondence, 1927-1934
Box 13
[loose materials]
Box 13
Contents of Box 14:
Box 14
General and Personal Correspondence
Box 14
Correspondence from Dot Spengler to Joseph Spengler, 1928
Box 14
Short Trip, 1957-1959
Box 14
Contents of Box 15:
Box 15
Short Trips, continued
Box 15
Contents of Box 16:
Box 16
Correspondence between Dot and Joseph Spengler, 1924-1925
Box 16
Contents of Box 17:
Box 17
Correspondence between Dot and Joseph Spengler, continued
Box 17
Correspondence from G. Long to Dot Spengler, 1937
Box 17
Contents of Box 18:

Attention: Deteriorated and unremovable rubber bands.

Box 18
Correspondence
Between Dot and Joseph Spengler, 1925 and 1942
Box 18
To Dot Spengler, 1939
Box 18
To Dot and Joseph Spengler
Box 18
Miscellaneous
Box 18
Tax, bank, and insurance statements
Box 18
Contents of Box 19:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 19
Correspondence
From Joseph Spengler to Dot Spengler, 1942
Box 19
Miscellaneous
Box 19
Pictures of Joe's Home
Box 19
Contents of Box 20:
Box 20
Correspondence
Between Dot Kress and Joseph Spengler, 1924-1925
Box 20
To Spenglers, 1938-1939
Box 20
Miscellaneous
Box 20
Bank Book
Box 20
Contents of Box 21:
Box 21
Correspondence
From Joseph Spengler to Dot Kress, 1924
Box 21
From Dot Kress to Joseph Spengler, 1926
Box 21
Miscellaneous
Box 21
Contents of Box 22:
Box 22
Correspondence
From Dot Kress to Joseph Spengler, 1926
Box 22
From Joseph Spengler to Dot Kress, 1925
Box 22
Miscellaneous
Box 22
Contents of Box 23:

Attention: Contains graphic material.

Box 23
Correspondence
From Joseph Spengler to Dot Kress, 1924-1927
Box 23
From H. Kress to Dot Spengler, 1930-1933
Box 23
From Dot Kress to Joseph Spengler, 1925
Box 23
Personal, [1960s]
Box 23
Contents of Box 24:
Box 24
Personal Correspondence, 1959-1960 and [1960s-1970s]
Box 24
Contents of Box 25:
Box 25
Personal Correspondence, 1960-1961
Box 25
Newspaper Clippings
Box 25
Magazine Article on Israel, 1960
Box 25
Dot's Keepsakes, 1950-1951
Box 25
Contents of Box 26:

Attention: Contains graphic material.

Box 26
Dot's Log and Letters
Box 26
Memos on and of Joe
Box 26
Dot's Keepsakes
Box 26
Funeral Register for Georgia Long, 1946
Box 26
Contents of Box 27:
Box 27
Newspaper Clippings
Box 27
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 27
[loose material]
Box 27
Correspondence to and from Joe, 1969
Box 27
Joe's Official Biography and Bibliography
Box 27
Joe's Correspondence, 1963
Box 27
To President Knight
Box 27
Contents of Box 28:

Attention: Contains graphic material.

Box 28
Business Material
[loose material]
Box 28
Correspondence
Box 28
Newspaper Clippings
Box 28
Speeches
Box 28
Contents of Box 29:
Box 29
Newspaper Clippings
Box 29
Business Material and Correspondence, [1950s-1980s]
Box 29
Contents of Box 30:
Box 30
Labeled folders containing Business related papers, [1960s-1970]
Box 30
[loose material]
Box 30
Contents of Box 31:
Box 31
Diaries of Dot Spengler, 1970-1973
Box 31
Contents of Box 32:
Box 32
Dot Spengler's Material
Birthday book while at Miami University, 1924
Box 32
Journals, 1930-1931, 1937-1938, and 1938-1939
Box 32
List of books read with descriptions
Box 32
Address Book
Box 32
Correspondence from Dick Harvill to Spenglers, 1968-1972
Box 32
Contents of Box 33:
Box 33
Correspondence
From Joseph Spengler to Dot Spengler, 1928
Box 33
From Dick Harvill, 1975-1976
Box 33
From Dot Kress to Joseph Spengler, 1925
Box 33
Bills, receipts, and contracts
Box 33
Contents of Box 34:
Box 34
Correspondence
Miscellaneous letters to Spenglers
Box 34
Professional
Box 34
From Dot Kress to Joseph Spengler, 1925
Box 34
Contents of Box 35:

Attention: Contains graphic materials

Box 35
Farewell Book from Mary Craig to Joseph Spengler
Box 35
Newspaper clippings and photocopies
Box 35
[loose papers]
Box 35
Pictures of Joseph Spengler
Box 35
Contents of Box 36:

[Folder moved to Legal-size Box 86.]

Box 36
Foldered personal and business materials including newspaper clippings and correspondence [1970s-1980s]
Box 36
Contents of Box 37:

[Folder moved to Legal-size Box 86.]

Box 37
Foldered materials continued
Box 37
Contents of Box 38:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 38
Family Correspondence, 1944-1950

Includes clippings as well as correspondence, mainly between Dot and Joseph Spengler.

Box 38
Contents of Box 39:
Box 39
Family Correspondence, continued
Box 39
Foldered business and economic material
Box 39
Contents of Box 40:
Box 40
Foldered business and economic material, continued
Box 40
Personal Correspondence between Dot and Joseph Spengler, 1959-1960
Box 40
Contents of Box 41:
Box 41
Personal Correspondence, continued, 1940s-1970s
Box 41
Contents of Box 42:
Box 42
Personal Correspondence, continued
Box 42
Contents of Box 43:
Box 43
Personal Correspondence, continued
Box 43
Dot's Diary, 1969
Box 43
Journal
Box 43
Contents of Box 44:
Box 44
Correspondence between Dot Spengler and Ollie Kress, [Dot's mother], [1960s]
Box 44
Contents of Box 45:
Box 45
Correspondence between Spengler and Kress, continued
Box 45
Contents of Box 46:
Box 46
Correspondence between Spengler and Kress, continued
Box 46
Contents of Box 47:
Box 47
Personal Correspondence, 1972-1976
Box 47
Contents of Box 48:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 48
Personal Correspondence, continued
Box 48
Joe's Recollections of Life
Box 48
Professional and economic papers
Box 48
Manuscripts and magazines belonging to Dot Spengler, early [1900s]
Box 48
Photographs of the Spenglers taken at various times
Box 48
Contents of Box 49:
Box 49
Manuscripts and magazines, continued
Box 49
Correspondence between Dot Spengler and Ollie Kress, 1968-1972
Box 49
Contents of Box 50:
Box 50
Correspondence between Spengler and Kress, continued
Box 50
Dot's Christmas Cards, [1950s-1970s]
Box 50
Contents of Box 51:
Box 51
Dot's Christmas Cards, continued
Box 51
Correspondence concerning Carol Kress Spence, [1950s-1970s]
Box 51
Contents of Box 52:
Box 52
Spence correspondence, continued
Box 52
Contents of Box 53:
Box 53
Spence correspondence, continued
Box 53
Contents of Box 54:
Box 54
Spence correspondence, continued
Box 54
Contents of Box 55:
Box 55
Life in America by Joseph Spengler
Box 55
Labeled folders
Box 55
Diary entries by Dot Spengler, 1924-1927
Box 55
Contents of Box 56:
Box 56
Dot's Manuscript
Box 56
Correspondence, 1919-1920
Box 56
Contents of Box 57:
Box 57
Correspondence, continued
Box 57
Western Trip Correspondence, 1919
Box 57
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 57
Contents of Box 58:
Box 58
Correspondence from Joseph Spengler to Dot Kress, Summer 1927
Box 58
Receipts, 1923
Box 58
Journal and date book
Box 58
Miscellaneous material
Box 58
Contents of Box 59:
Box 59
Correspondence from Dot Kress to Joseph Spengler, 1923
Box 59
Miscellaneous material
Box 59
Correspondence, 1932
Box 59
Contents of Box 60:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 60
Newspaper clippings
Box 60
Professional correspondence and articles
Box 60
Family Saga in America Part IV, 1907-1927
Box 60
Correspondence from Joseph Spengler to Dot Kress, 1923
Box 60
Pictures of unidentified boy and mother with son and daughter, 1909
Box 60
Contents of Box 61:
Box 61
Correspondence
Kid Letters, 1903-1917
Box 61
Miscellaneous
Box 61
Contents of Box 62:
Box 62
Correspondence
Fall 1921
Box 62
Miscellaneous
Box 62
Contents of Box 63:
Box 63
Correspondence
Miscellaneous
Box 63
Fall 1922
Box 63
1936
Box 63
Contents of Box 64:
Box 64
Correspondence
1938
Box 64
1934
Box 64
1941-1942
Box 64
Contents of Box 65:
Box 65
Correspondence
Fall 1939
Box 65
Miscellaneous
Box 65
1940
Box 65
Fall 1935-1936
Box 65
Contents of Box 66:
Box 66
Correspondence
1934
Box 66
Summer 1935
Box 66
Miscellaneous
Box 66
1942
Box 66
Contents of Box 67:
Box 67
Correspondence
1941
Box 67
Fall 1940
Box 67
1938
Box 67
Fall/Winter 1935-1936
Box 67
1942
Box 67
1940-1942
Box 67
Contents of Box 68:
Box 68
Correspondence
1935
Box 68
1938
Box 68
Miscellaneous
Box 68
Contents of Box 69:
Box 69
Correspondence
Miscellaneous
Box 69
1935-1936
Box 69
New Version Part I
Box 69
Contents of Box 70:
Box 70
New Version, continued, Parts II, III, and IV
Box 70
Old Version Parts I and II
Box 70
Contents of Box 71:
Box 71
Old Version, continued, Parts I, II, III, and IV
Box 71
Miscellaneous Papers
Box 71
Correspondence from friends, 1935-1936
Box 71
Contents of Box 72:
Box 72
Correspondence
From folks, 1940
Box 72
From family, 1937
Box 72
From Mom, 1941
Box 72
Last Version Parts I, II, III, and IV
Box 72
Dot's Notebook, 1930
Box 72
Contents of Box 73:
Box 73
Journal and notebook
Box 73
Correspondence, 1920-1921
Box 73
Contents of Box 74:
Box 74
Correspondence
1920-1921
Box 74
1933
Box 74
1928
Box 74
1929
Box 74
Miscellaneous
Box 74
Journal and date book
Box 74
Contents of Box 75:
Box 75
Correspondence
1929
Box 75
1935-1937
Box 75
1925
Box 75
1924
Box 75
1927
Box 75
Contents of Box 76:
Box 76
Correspondence
1924-1927
Box 76
1924
Box 76
1922
Box 76
1921-1922
Box 76
Contents of Box 77:
Box 77
Small journals
Box 77
Correspondence
1925
Box 77
1926
Box 77
1932-1933
Box 77
Fall 1924
Box 77
Contents of Box 78:
Box 78
Correspondence
1925
Box 78
1927-1928
Box 78
1923
Box 78
Contents of Box 79:
Box 79
Correspondence
1924
Box 79
1927
Box 79
Contents of Box 80:
Box 80
Correspondence
1924
Box 80
Fall 1928
Box 80
1926
Box 80
Miscellaneous papers, [ca. 1933]
Box 80
Contents of Box 81:
Box 81
Correspondence
1933
Box 81
1926
Box 81
1928-1929
Box 81
1932-1933
Box 81
1925
Box 81
[loose papers]
Box 81
Contents of Box 82:
Box 82
Correspondence
From friends, 1935
Box 82
From family, 1937
Box 82
From Dot to Folks, 1935
Box 82
Contents of Box 83:
Box 83
Correspondence
[loose]
Box 83
From family, 1938
Box 83
Joe's Correspondence, 1936-1940
Box 83
From Joseph Spengler to Kresses, 1933-1934
Box 83
Contents of Box 84:
Box 84
Correspondence
From Dot to Family, 1934-1935
Box 84
1937
Box 84
From friends, 1939
Box 84
Contents of Legal-size Box 86:

Attention: Needs to be reorganized and refoldered.

Box 85
Academic and economic papers

[Removed from boxes 36-37.]

Box 85
Contents of box 86:
Box 86
Novel Miscellaney, 1939
Box 86
Correspondence, 1934-1940

[Letters were originally rubberbanded together into piles. These piles have been transferred to folders.]

Box 86
Contents of box 87:
Box 87
Correspondence, friends, family, and business, 1936-1941

[Letters were originally rubberbanded together into piles. These piles have been transferred to folders.]

Box 87
Contents of box 88:
Box 88
Correspondence, friends, family, and business, 1936-1940

[Letters were originally rubberbanded together into piles. These piles have been transferred to folders.]

Box 88
[Receipts, including for house repair/building]
Box 88
Third Best Copy [of Dot's novel], Part III
Box 88
Contents of box 89:
Box 89
Third Best Copy [of Dot's novel], Part II
Box 89
[From inside box labeled:] Longhand manuscript
Box 89
Dot's Rewrites, Summer 1939
Box 89
Contents of box 90:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 90
Dot's Rewrites, Summer 1939, continued
Box 90
Original copy-Novel Part I
Box 90
1937 [Novel] Parts I-IV minus revisions and minus [perfect] pages
Box 90
Loose newspapers, postcards, and photographs removed from 1930-1931 photograph album in box 94

Seven loose, healthy nitrate sheet negatives removed to box 98.

Box 90
Loose photographs removed from 1919-1921 Stunt Book in box 93

69 loose, healthy nitrate sheet negatives removed to box 98.

Box 90
Contents of Box 91:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 91
Dot's Reunions
Box 91
Photographs of [primarily Kress] family and friends, including black-and-white prints, tintypes, and cartes-de-visite
Box 91
Contents of box 92:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 92
Two photograph albums containing prints taken by Dot Kress in Piqua, OH, with her brownie camera, [ca. 1914-1918]
Box 92
Contents of box 93:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 93
Stunt Book scrapbook containing photographs and memorabilia created by Dot Kress in college at Miami University, OH, 1919-1921

Loose photographs removed to box 90 and 69 loose, healthy, nitrate sheet negatives to box 98.

Box 93
Contents of box 94:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 94
Photograph album reflecting Joe and Dot Spengler's life in Tuscon, AZ, and Tampa, FL, 1930-1931

Loose photographs, newspaper, and postcards removed to box 90. Seven loose, healthy nitrate sheet negatives removed to box 98.

Box 94
Contents of box 95:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 95
Photograph album showing the construction and development of Joe and Dot's home and garden in Durham, NC, 1939-1941
Box 95
Contents of box 96:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 96
Photograph album depicting Joe and Dot's life in Tuscon, AZ (University of Arizona), Tampa, FL, and Durham, NC (Duke University), 1932-1938

Includes photographs of the Duke University faculty baseball team, 1938 and views of the University and Durham, 1938.

Box 96
Photographs and information from Joe's retirement dinner, 1972
Box 96
Cover of box in which scrapbook and photograph albums were originally stored; contains notes by Dot
Box 96
Contents of box 97:
Box 97
Lace knitted by Grandmother Kress
Box 97
Contents of box 98:

Attention: Contains graphic materials.

Box 98
76 healthy nitrate sheet negatives.

Removed from folders of loose material (housed in box 90) found in photograph albums in boxes 93 and 94.

Box 98

Historical Note

Professor of economics at Duke University, 1934-1979. Spengler married Dorothy "Dot" Kress in 1927. He died in 1991.

Subject Headings

Separated Material

Materials Cataloged Separately

The following book was removed from accession #93-294 and cataloged separately:

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, ills. Arthur I. Keller, 1906.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph John Spengler Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Joseph John Spengler Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1987-2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Ann G. Langford; other Rubenstein Library staff

Completed April 25, 2002

Encoded by Ann G. Langford; Ruth E. Bryan

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.