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Creator: Bouvé, Marjorie.
Title:Marjorie Bouvé papers
Dates:1892-1972 (bulk 1892-1918)
Call Number:M89
Location:64/3, FF4/D8
Volume:3 cubic ft. (8 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection is a rich source of information about Marjorie Bouvé's life prior to founding the Bouvé School. A smaller amount of material documents her personal life and volunteerism during World War II and her support for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Beginning in 1892, her scrapbook contains mementos from social events, travel, and schools at which she taught or attended. Institutions represented in the scrapbook are Brookline High School, Smith College, Harvard University, Boston Normal School of Gymnastics, and various theaters in New York, Boston, and Northampton, Massachusetts. All correspondence and photographs have been removed from the scrapbook and numbered to indicate the page from which they originated. The three photo albums document the leisure activities of Bouvé and her friends. Five travel journals document trips to the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the American West, and Japan. Photocopies of pages from the Bradford Annals document one of Bouvé's early teaching positions at Bradford Academy. Of particular interest is a "Ye Squirlijig" jigsaw puzzle made by Bouvé.
Biographical Note:A leader in physical education, Marjorie Bouvé was born in 1879 in Hull, Massachusetts. She attended school at the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University. While attending school, Bouvé operated Ye Squirlijig puzzles, handcrafting hundreds of wooden jigsaw puzzles. In 1913, Bouvé and six other women founded the Boston School of Physical Education. In 1925, citing disagreements with the corporation, Bouvé withdrew from Boston School of Physical Education and founded her own school, the Bouvé School, Incorporated. In 1930, the Bouvé School and BSPE merged, forming the Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education, with Bouvé as director. Bouvé served as director until 1948, when she became Director Emeritus, a position she held until her death in 1970.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bouvé, Marjorie, 1879-1970


  • Physical education and training -- Massachusetts
  • Physical education for women -- Massachusetts
  • Travelers' writings, American
  • Women educators -- Massachusetts
  • Women travelers -- United States

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials:

Boston-Bouvé College Records (M41).

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Molly Overholt, May 2003