Guide to the Julia R. Grout Papers, 1916 - 1984


Julia Rebecca Grout (1898-1984) served as Chairman of the Women's Department of Health and Physical Education at Duke University from 1924 to 1964. The Julia R. Grout Papers include correspondence, clippings, writings, printed matter, photographs, and other materials related to Grout's professional and personal interests. Topics include Grout's career and retirement; the history of physical education at Duke; comparisons of American and European physical education; physical education for women; Grout's travels to Southern Africa and Europe; and Grout's participation in the Dedication Committee of Baldwin Auditorium at Duke.

Descriptive Summary

Julia R. Grout papers 1916 - 1984
Grout, Julia R.
0.75 Linear Feet, , 500 Items
University Archives, Duke University
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Collection Overview

The Julia R. Grout Papers include correspondence, clippings, writings, printed matter, photographs, and other materials related to Grout's professional and personal interests. The papers are divided into four series. The Personal series includes Grout's resume, retirement materials, tributes to her, and documents related to her funeral. One of the retirement materials is a large bound volume of letters written to Grout by students and colleagues expressing their appreciation for her forty years of service at Duke. The second series, Correspondence, has a brief selection of letters related to Grout's professional career, her 1958 travels to Southern Africa, and work on the Dedication Committee of Baldwin Auditorium. The third series, Addresses and Writings, includes a variety of speeches, papers, and reports written by Grout over her career. Topics include the need for physical education for women, American physical education compared to that of Europe, and the history of physical education for women at Duke. Also included in this series are several speeches made by Grout at the retirement parties of other faculty and staff of the Woman's College. The final series, Professional Travels, documents Grout's international travels to Europe in 1938 and 1958, where she studied the physical education programs of Sweden, Holland, and Norway.

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Contents of the Collection

Resume and CV
Folder 1
Clippings, circa 1916-1960
Folder 2
Retirement, Bound Tribute Album, 1964
Folder 3
Retirement, Correspondence and Clippings, 1964-1965
Folder 4
Tributes, 1982-1984, undated
Folder 5
Funeral Materials, 1984
Folder 6
Professional, 1953-1981
Folder 7
African Trip, January 1958-February 1958
Folder 8
Dedication Committee of the Baldwin Auditorium, 1964
Folder 9
Physical Education for Duke Women, August 1933
Folder 10
Keeping Physically Fit, circa 1940
Folder 11
Untitled, 1942, 1953
Folder 12
Assembly Talk, October 16, 1944 or October 16, 1946
Folder 13
Education Through Physical Education, Spring 1946
Folder 14
Skirts - Bloomers - Shorts: Highlights in the History of Women's Physical Education, December 11, 1946
Folder 15
Retirement party speeches, 1947-1979
Folder 16
History and Philosophy of the Department of Physical Education, Spring 1953
Folder 17
Physical Education Here and Abroad, circa 1958
Folder 18
A Study of Physical Education and Recreation Programs in Holland, Sweden, and Norway, 1958
Folder 19
Africa Notes, 1959-1963
Folder 20
In Support of Semester Hour Credit for Physical Education, December 14, 1961
Folder 21
Thirty-Three Years with the Altrusa Club, circa 1967
Folder 22
As You Were, or Forty Years of Happenings in the Department of Health and Physical Education, The Woman's College, Duke University, 1924-1964, circa 1970
Folder 23
Correspondence Regarding As You Were, 1970
Folder 24
Night Flying, [poem], undated
Folder 25
Swedish-American Course in Physical Education - Printed Materials, Reports, Photos, and Clippings, 1938
Folder 26
Sabbatical Study in Holland and Sweden - Reports and Photos, 1958
Folder 27
Sabbatical Study in Holland and Sweden - Research Materials, 1958
Folder 28

Historical Note

Julia Rebecca Grout, known to most as "Jerry," was born on April 1, 1898 in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke College, where she was an outstanding athlete, and received her bachelor's degree in 1920. She received a Master of Science from Wellesley College in 1928.

Almost all of Grout's career was spent at Duke University. She arrived in 1924 and soon became Director (later called Chairman) of Physical Education for Women, a position she held until her retirement in 1964. During her tenure, the department offered a wide variety of required and elective physical education courses, oversaw recreational and athletic activities, and encouraged women students to be physically active. Grout was an advocate for improved facilities for women students, which is documented in her departmental memoir, "As You Were, or Forty Years of Happenings in the Department of Health and Physical Education, The Woman's College, Duke University, 1924-1964." This memoir can be found in the Addresses and Writing series of these papers.

After her retirement in 1964, Grout remained an active, travelling frequently and staying in close contact with her colleagues at Duke University. She died on April 22, 1984.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Women's Department of Health and Physical Education Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Woman's College Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Grout Family Papers (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Julia R. Grout Papers, University Archives, Duke University.


The Julia R. Grout Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift from 1972-1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed May 5, 2005

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, May 5, 2005

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