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. English.
- Record Group
- Julia R. Grout papers
- 1916 - 1984
- Grout, Julia R.
- 0.75 Linear Feet, 500 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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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[Identification of item], Julia R. Grout Papers, University Archives, Duke University.
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.
- 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)
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- Duke University -- Faculty
- Duke University. Baldwin Auditorium
- Duke University. Women's Dept. of Physical Education
- Grout, Julia R.
- Grout, Julia R.
The Julia R. Grout Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift from 1972-1986.
Processed by Valerie Gillispie
Completed May 5, 2005
Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, May 5, 2005