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Kenneth Rush Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MPA-0141
This collection, the Kenneth Rush Papers, 1930-1991, contains correspondence, news articles, and other miscellaneous documents. Series I -- Correspondence, 1962-1991, includes three folders of letters and memos from Rush or UT administrators (e.g., Ed Boling, Charles Brakebill, Andy Holt, and Joe Johnson), generally pertaining to the Development Council of the University of Tennessee, of which Rush was a member, or his donations over the years. Series II -- Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, contains various articles on Rush, some of which are mentioned in letters of this collection. Series III -- Miscellaneous, 1930-1973, includes a copy of Rush's UT grade report from 1930, three copies of his 1962 commencement speech, two biographical sketches, and a picture of Rush (two other pictures of Rush with a 1972 letter are in Folder 2 -- Correspondence, 1970-1979). The bulk of this collection spans the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Dates

  • 1930-1991

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection, the Kenneth Rush Papers, 1930-1991, contains correspondence from Rush or UT administrators (e.g., Ed Boling, Charles Brakebill, Andy Holt, and Joe Johnson) between 1962 and 1991, news articles on Rush, and other miscellaneous documents, such as a copy of Rush's UT grade report from 1930, copies of his 1962 commencement speech, biographical sketches, and a photograph.

Biographical/Historical Note

Kenneth Rush (1910-1994) was raised in Greeneville, TN. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1930, and received his law degree from Yale two years later. After school, Rush practiced law in New York City and taught law at Duke University. In 1937, he joined Union Carbide Corporation, of which he became Vice President in 1949, director 1958, executive Vice President 1961, and President 1966. He resigned from all private positions in 1969 to be Ambassador to Germany. President Richard Nixon appointed him the Deputy Secretary of Defense for 1972, and the next year Rush became Deputy Secretary of State. From 1974 to his retirement on March 15, 1977, he served as Ambassador to France. Over all those years, Rush remained loyal to his alma mater and served as a member and committee chairman of the UT Development Council from 1963 onward.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.2417.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480