Photocopies of diary, 1876-1914; published and unpublished writings, 1893-1931 (especially re employment of women); correspondence, 1893-1932 (especially with George Gissing).
Clara Collet Papers
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 152 MSS.29
- Dates of Creation1876-1948
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description[ not recorded ]
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Born in 1860, Clara Collet was one of the first women to achieve a high position in government service. She began her career as an assistant mistress at Wyggeston Girls' School, Leicester (1878-85). After studying for 3 years, she worked with Charles Booth, and subsequently (1892) became Assistant Commissioner to the Royal Commission on Labour, then Labour correspondent and Senior Investigator at the Board of Trade (1893-1903; 1903-17). She continued to work with the Ministry of Labour until her retirement (1920) and sat on trade boards for a further 11 years. She died in 1948.
Reference: Finding aid for GB 152 029
Conditions Governing Access
Access : Open
An authority file exists for Clara Collet (GB 152 AAR0803).
The collection was made from originals in the possession of Collet's nephew, Mr. Ray Collet, in 1974.