Reference number
  • COL
  • 1876-1948
  • Collection
  • The collection contains photocopies of: letters mainly to Collet (especially from George Gissing, the writer) and related papers, 1876-1948; literary manuscripts, 1930s-1940s; memoranda and chapters by Clara Collet concerning the employment of women, 1912-1931; Clara Collet's diaries, 1876-1914.
  • 1 box
Admin history
  • Born in 1860, Clara Elizabeth 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 (1878-1885). 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.
Access status
  • Open