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Clare Small Papers

Identifier: COU:1478

Scope and Contents

The Collection consists of one box with three folders. The first folder contains correspondence, mostly relating to her retirement. The second folder contains her 1926 master’s thesis on “The Problem of Training in Physical Education”, and the third contains an accompanying diagram. Also included is an audio tape of a speech entitled Clare Small Speaks, given in 1964.


  • 1926 - 1972

Biographical Note

Clare Hebard Small was born in Newton Highlands Massachusetts on May 27, 1890. She received a B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College in 1912, a certificate from the graduate Department of Hygiene from Wellesley College in 1918, and a Masters of Arts degree from New York University in 1926. She came to the University of Colorado in July of 1919 to serve as the Director of the Department of Physical Education for Women, and obtained the rank of associate professor in 1922. She became a full Professor of Physical Education in 1930. Professor Small was instrumental in developing programs in women’s physical education in the Rocky Mountain Region. She founded the High School Girl’s Athletic Association for Colorado and the College Women’s Physical Education Association of the University of Colorado. Clare Small was also a member of the Central District of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. In 1956, she received the Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding service to the University.

Upon her Retirement in June of 1957, she received the rank of Professor Emeritus, and the Clare H. Small Scholarship Fund was created in her honor. When she died on Friday April 28, 1972 at the age of 82, the university’s women’s gymnasium was renamed the Clare Small Building in her honor.


.5 linear feet (1 Box and 1 AV (audio visual))

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Clare H. Small (1890-1972) was the Director of the Department of Physical Education for Women, and as a professor of Physical Education at the University of Colorado. She was educated at: Mt. Holyoke College (B.A., 1912), Wellesley (Certificate in Hygiene), and New York University (M.A., 1926). She came to the University of Colorado in 1919 and retired as an Emeritus professor in 1957. The collection consists of an audio tape of a speech entitled Clare Small Speaks (1964), a copy of her M.A. thesis, and a folder of correspondence relating to her retirement.


This collection is arranged in original order in which we attained it from the donor, with a box level inventory list.

Noah Crocker
April 17, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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Boulder Colorado 80503 United States