Clara Collet Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Photocopies of diary, 1876-1914; published and unpublished writings, 1893-1931 (especially re employment of women); correspondence, 1893-1932 (especially with George Gissing).

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

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for Clara Collet (GB 152 AAR0803).

Custodial History

The collection was made from originals in the possession of Collet's nephew, Mr. Ray Collet, in 1974.