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Juanita Neely - 1947
Juanita Neely – 1947

JUANITA HENDERSON NEELY, 1911-1970, nd (Accession 6)

Juanita Henderson Neely was an extension agent and educator. She was born in Rock Hill, S.C. in 1889. She graduated with a B.A. from Winthrop College in 1911 and taught school from 1911 to 1918. She began working for the SC Extension Service, then based at Winthrop, in 1918 serving Lancaster County. She held various positions in the SC Extension Service in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. She became the State Home Demonstration Agent in 1947, a position she held until 1957. She was a member and president of the SC Home Economics Association, the York County Historical Society, the Catawba Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the S.D. Barron Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). Neely died in 1984.

The Juanita H. Neely Papers consist of correspondence, autobiographical and biographical data, speeches, radio talks, clippings, photographs, and articles mainly relating to her work with the South Carolina Home Demonstration Extension Service. There is also family history material relating to the Neely family. This collection is a good source of information concerning the South Carolina Home Economics Extension program in the first half of the twentieth century. While the papers range from 1911 to about 1970, the more valuable and greater part of the collection extends from the mid-1920s to 1957, when Juanita Neely rose from a county home economics extension agent to the State Demonstration Agent. The collection contains many of her speeches, radio talks and articles made during this period; the reference material that she used for her speeches; letters of appreciation from agents and others upon her retirement; and materials relating to the Winthrop-Clemson controversy in 1955 concerning the location of the Home Economics Extension Program. There is also biographical material, award notices, and some correspondence dating after Juanita Neely’s retirement from the Home Economics Extension Program. Additional Neely information may be found by referring to the Winthrop Archives, record group 412, and the 1958-1959 edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

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