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Evelyn Triplett was a dance and health professor at Pittsburg State University from 1947 to 1980, as well as several other institutions of higher learning. She was a nationally respected instructor and published numerous articles and studies over the health benefits of dance and physical education in the public schools. This collection includes correspondence, professional material, photographs, publications, and recordings. Evelyn Triplett was born on April 10, 1910 in Webb City, Missouri to Franklin and Margaret Triplett. She and her family moved to Pittsburg, Kansas when she was 11. She earned a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Kansas State Teacher’s College (now Pittsburg State University) in 1932, and received her M.A. from Texas State College for Women in 1939. In 1958, she obtained her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Oklahoma. From 1932 to 1937, Triplett was a physical education teacher in Kansas public schools. After this, she was a dance instructor for the Texas State College for Women, the University of Alabama, Southwestern Louisiana University, and Washington University at St. Louis. She was also the dean of the women’s physical education at Joplin Junior College. In 1947 she became an assistant professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at KSTC. She was promoted to associate professor in 1959 and professor in 1971. She became Professor Emeritus after her retirement in 1980. While at KSTC, she taught several different dance courses, physical education in public schools, and first aid. She was particularly focused on folk, square, and tap dance.

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Education, Performing Arts

Size of Collection

4 linear feet

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0155

Triplett, Evelyn, Collection, 1914-1984



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