Helen G. Smith Papers, 1940-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Smith, Helen G.
Helen G. Smith Papers
1940-1986 (inclusive)
3 containers., (1 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 570
Award certificates, photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence related to her career as well as her personal life.
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. Helen G. Smith retired from Washington State University in June 1961 after 36 years as a teacher with and chairperson of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 16, 1896, and died in December 1985. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1919 and was employed afterwords as Director of Physical Education in the Bronx, New York, Y.W.C.A. In 1922 she accepted the position of Director of Physical Education in Women's College, Istanbul, Turkey. In 1925 she began working at the State College of Washington as an instructor and in 1926 became the chairperson of the Department of Physical Education for Women. She held this position until she retired in 1961. In 1931 she obtained a Masters Degree from Columbia University and in 1944 received her Ph.D. from New York University. During her lifetime she enjoyed fishing and spent most of her vacations and her spare time becoming proficient at the sport. She also enjoyed writing about her adventures from when she first taught herself how to fish, by observing other fishermen, to her vacations at extremely distant and unusual locations. She enjoyed looking for the perfect fishing hole.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Helen G. Smith include photographs, awards, a dissertation, correspondence, diplomas and certificates, and other papers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 570, Helen G. Smith Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Northwest 1957-1981
1 2 Bulletins 1961-1974
1 3 Howard Henry House, Physical Educator: A Biography, by Martin Gerald Niemi 1970
1 4 Scrapbook 1960-1961
1 5 Helen Smith Correspondence 1939-1986
1 6 Helen Smith Memorial Service 1986
1 7 Helen Smith, Personal File 1956-1986
1 8 Helen Smith, Personal History 1944-1964
1 9 Helen Smith, Personal Photographs 1940-1961
1 10 Helen Smith, Photograph Album 1959-1972
1 11 Western Society for Physical Education of College Women 1947-1984
2 12 Diplomas 1915-1931
2 13 The Extent to Which Women Students are Characterized by Certain Measurable Traits, by Helen G. Smith

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Physical education and training--Washington (State)--Study and teaching
  • Personal Names :
  • Smith, Helen G., 1916- --Archives (creator)