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Name of Creator:Allen, Catherine Louise, 1909-2000.
Title:Catherine L. Allen papers
Reference Code:M84
Location Code:64/3, FF4/D8
Extent:3.3 cubic ft. (4 boxes, 1 flat folder)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the professional and, to a lesser degree, the personal life of Catherine Louise Allen. Material documents her educational appointments; interaction with the numerous professional organizations in the field of physical education and recreation, both national and international; and honors and awards received by Allen from those organizations and others. The collection also includes her speeches and writing, which reveal both professional ideas and her wit. Of particular interest is the material documenting Allen's Red Cross activity during World War II, which includes voluminous correspondences from Allen as well as background information about the war in the Pacific. Personal information is largely to be found in correspondence. Of additional interest are the visual materials in the collection, which include photographs of travel and friends, a video recording of Allen speaking, watercolor paintings of Guam, and a pastel portrait of her.
Biographical Abstract:Catherine Louise Allen was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1909. She began her career as an educator in Georgia schools in 1936. After receiving a master's degree from Columbia University, she was appointed professor of physical education and recreation at the University of Tennessee in 1941. During World War II, Allen served as director of special activities in the Pacific region for the Red Cross from 1944 to 1946. After the war, she returned to Tennessee to teach until 1955, when she moved to New York University to chair the women's physical education department. In 1957, she became the director of special activities at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1960, she moved to the Bouvé-Boston School at Tufts University in the same position. After the Bouvé-Boston School became part of Northeastern University in 1964, Allen served as chair of the recreation education department until 1967, when she assumed the deanship of Boston-Bouvé College. Allen resigned as dean in 1977 to become a special assistant to President Kenneth Ryder of Northeastern University, a post she held from 1977 to 1981. Catherine Allen died in 2000.
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Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence, with the exception of Professional Positions, which are arranged chronologically. Microfilm and visual material follow.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Allen, Catherine Louise, 1909-2000
  • Ryder, Kenneth L.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Boston-Bouvé College
  • Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education

  • Physical education for women—Massachusetts
  • Physical education and training -- Massachusetts
  • Physical education and training -- Societies and clubs
  • Red Cross
  • Women educators
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Guam

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Molly Overholt, April 2003