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Beverly J. Crabtree papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RS 12/1/17

Scope and Content

This collection (1977-2002) contains biographical sketches and newspaper clippings on Crabtree along with a number of articles and speeches presented by Dean Crabtree for Iowa State University’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The speeches and articles mostly focus on the future of the family and consumer sciences curriculum and home economics educators as well as career opportunities for graduates of the college.


  • 1977-2002

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Beverly J. (Deles-Dernier) Crabtree was born in 1937 to Wayne and Frances Deles Dernier of Lincoln, Nebraska. She received her B.S. (1959) and M.S. (1962) in home economics education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. (1965) in home economics education from Iowa State University.

She followed her husband, R. Jewell Crabtree, to Michigan State University where she was hired as an Instructor and Assistant Professor (1964-1967) of home economics education. She then took a position as Coordinator (1967-1973) of Home Economics Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. There, she was promoted to Associate Dean (1973-1975) for Extension in the College of Home Economics. She was then hired as Dean (1975-1987) of the College of Home Economics at Oklahoma State University. Finally, she returned to Iowa State University to become Dean (1987-1997) of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

During her tenure at Iowa State, Crabtree oversaw the construction of the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition, fund raising for the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building, the creation of a Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, and involvement with the CUTE (Cooperative Urban Teacher Education) program. She also established the Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair and oversaw a large increase in research grants for the College.

Crabtree was named Woman of the Year (1991) by the Ames Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Awards and selected as the VEISHEA Professor of the Year (1992). Crabtree served on various committees for the American Home Economics Association and also was elected President (1977-1978). During her time in Ames, Crabtree served on a number of state and national committees including as a member of the USDA Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences, vice-chair of the Story County United Way Campaign, board member of the Ames Rotary Club, and member of the board of the Green Hills Residence Association.

Beverly J. Deles-Dernier married R. Jewell Crabtree and they had two children. The Crabtrees reside in Ames.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)


This collection is organized Chronologically with biographical information in front.

Items in related collections

RS 12/1. Iowa State University. College of Family and Consumer Sciences records, 1902-2012

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 12/1/17. Beverly J. Crabtree papers
January 22, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672