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Creator: Lynn, Minnie L., 1902-1990.
Title:Minnie L. Lynn papers
Dates:1902-1991
Call Number:M85
Location:68/3, FF4/D8
Volume:1 cubic ft. (3 boxes, 1 flat folder)
Scope and Content Note:The collection documents the professional and personal life of Minnie Lynetta Lynn, nicknamed "the pen of the profession." Material documents Lynn's research on the history of physical education, and her speaking engagements and writing on that history. The collection also includes many photographs of Lynn and friends, including a scrapbook made by friends to mark her departure from New England in 1967. Of particular interest are a poetry journal in Lynn's hand, containing original works, and a reel-to-reel audiotape of Lynn presenting a lecture on physical education pioneer Delphine Hanna. Memorabilia includes paperweights, award medallions, and a curl of unidentified red hair.
Biographical Note:A leader and scholar of physical education, Minnie Lynetta Lynn was born in Pennsylvania in 1902. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1928, she taught physical education in Cleveland grade schools until 1930, when she assumed the directorship of health and physical education at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, a position she held until 1941. Lynn received a master's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1937 and earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1944. She also served as the director of health, physical education, and recreation at the University of Pittsburgh from 1942 to 1943. Lynn then served as a graduate professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh until 1960, when she relocated to Boston to serve as the director of the Bouvé-Boston School. After orchestrating Bouvé's merger with Northeastern University, Lynn served as dean of the new college until 1967, when she retired. Minnie L. Lynn died in 1990.
Arrangement:Records arranged in one alphabetical sequence; memorabilia follow.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Lynn, Minnie L., 1902-1990

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

  • Physical education for women -- Massachusetts
  • Physical education and training -- Massachusetts
  • Women educators -- Massachusetts

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials:

Boston-Bouvé College Records (M41)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Molly Overholt, May 2003