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Name of Creator:Boston-Bouvé College.
Title:Boston-Bouvé College records
Date:1885-2006 (bulk 1925-1970)
Reference Code:M41
Location Code:67/4, 68/1-3, 72/4, 56/2, 55/3, FF1/D7
Extent:59.90 cubic ft. (131 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the Boston-Bouvé College's founding, physical education and physical therapy curriculum, student activities and traditions, and existence as an independent, affiliated, and merged institution. The collection contains a wide array of print and non-print material that provides information about the administrative and financial activities of the school, student organizations, athletics, and course content. The records provide information about the school itself and the developing fields of physical therapy and physical education, in which women were pioneers. In particular, the collection documents Boston-Bouvé College's four most prominent directors and deans: Marjorie Bouvé, Ruth Page Sweet, Minnie L. Lynn, and Catherine L. Allen.
Historical Abstract:The Boston School of Physical Education was founded in 1913. Co-founder Marjorie Bouvé became the first director. In 1925, citing differences with the corporation, Bouvé resigned from the Boston School of Physical Education and opened the Bouvé School, Incorporated. In 1930, the Boston School of Physical Education and the Bouvé School merged to form the Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education with Marjorie Bouvé as the director. In 1930, the Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education affiliated with Simmons College, an arrangement that lasted until 1942 when the Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education affiliated with Tufts University. In 1964, the Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education merged with Northeastern University to form the coeducational Boston-Bouvé College of Northeastern University. In 1980 the Boston-Bouvé College merged with Northeastern University's College of Education to form the Boston-Bouvé College of Human Development Professions. In 1992 the school merged with the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and continues at Northeastern University as the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
Language and Scripts:This collection is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 9 series: 1. Administrative; 2. Office of the Director/Dean; 3. Physical Therapy Department; 4. Student Organizations and Activities; 5. Teaching; 6. Publications; 7. Personal Material: Faculty, Alumnae, and Corporation; 8. Audio-Visual Material; 9. Realia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Allen, Catherine L., 1909-2000
  • Bouvé, Marjorie, 1879-1970
  • Lynn, Minnie, 1902-1990
  • Sweet, Ruth Page, 1894-1958

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

  • Camps -- New England
  • College students -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Physical education and training -- Massachusetts
  • Physical education for women -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Physical education teachers -- Training of -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Physical fitness for women -- Massachusetts
  • Physical therapy -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts
  • Physical therapy schools -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Women college students
  • Women -- Education
  • Women educators
  • Women physical therapists

Conditions Governing Access:Personnel and student records (box 1, folder 1; box 4, folder 7; box 8, folder 7; box 16, folder 15; box 18, folders 4-6, 11-12; box 19, folders 1-2; box 24, folders 1-3, 5) are restricted for 75 years from date of creation.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Rachel Keegan, September 1999; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, July 2009; Irina Tsiklik, August 2009; Anna J. Cook, May 2010 and December 2010; Migyeong Geum, October 2012.