Maurice A. Clay papers

Abstract

This collection consists of materials from Maurice A. Clay, a physical education professor at UK. Materials include papers, notebooks, and photographs pertaining to the U.S. Army Air Force physical education program during and after World War II. In addition, materials from and about Kentucky writer, Jesse Stuart. Also information about Oliver S. Clay through articles he wrote in "Auctioneer."

Descriptive Summary

Title
Maurice A. Clay papers
Creator
Clay, Maurice A., Dr., 1911-2003
Extent
1.04 Cubic feet
Subjects
Physical education and training--Kentucky.
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in three series by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda Mardis
Preferred Citation
0000ua049 : [identification of item], Maurice A. Clay papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Maurice A. Clay was coordinator of undergraduate professional physical education at UK from the 1940s until his retirement in 1976. He was a former president of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In the early 1960s, he was a senior Fulbright lecturer at the National University of Colombia in Bogota. Clay was director of physical education at the College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, before he worked at UK. He also had been a consultant to the American School Foundation in Mexico City and the Peace Corps. Mr. Clay had been executive director of Omicron Delta Kappa national college leadership honor society. He also was a former president of the UK Faculty Club and had served on the board of Spindletop Hall. At one time, he coached boys' basketball at the old University High School. He also had served on the board of the Northside Neighborhood Association. He was in the Army Air Corps during World War II and later was in the Air Force Reserves. Mr. Clay grew up in Waldron, Ind., and received degrees from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Winchester and UK.
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader
Scope and Content
The Maurice A. Clay Papers contain six boxes of professional and personal material from 1939-1997, the bulk of which being from 1943-1965 when Clay was a physical education instructor in the U.S. Army Air Force and who would later teach at the University of Kentucky. Papers include training aids, manuals, class syllabi, reports, tests, charts, and photographs. In addition, there are three desconstructed notebooks containing various materials on physical fitness at Army Air Force bases, including Orangeburg, S.C. All papers were kept in the orignal order of the notebooks.
Photographs that were loose within the notebooks were placed in box 3 and numbered by the original order from the notebook. All photographs have been numbered by the original order of the notebooks. Photographs have stamp, "Official Photograph U.S. Air Force."
0000ua049:3:1-0000ua049:3:32 are photographs from the first notebook. These photos were loose and placed orginially before page one of the notebook. These photographs include the U.S. Army Air Force participating in a variety of physical activities including football, races, punching bags, pull-ups, tug-o-war, rope climbing, basketball, archery, baseball, volleyball, and tennis.
0000ua049:3:33-0000ua049:52 are loose photographs from the "Pictures and Diagrams," section of the second notebook. These photographs include the U.S. Army Air Force participating in a variety of physical activities including tennis, marching, football, baseball, basketball, swimming, and equipment used.
The collection also contains a series on famed Kentucky writer, Jesse Stuart. Materials include correspondence between Clay and Stuart, Christmas cards from the Stuart family, short works by Stuart, and various materials written about him.
Other materials include a drawing of the Taylor Educational Building, articles by Clay's father, Oliver S. Clay in the "Auctioneer," blank metal Sullivan awards, and swimming medals in box 4.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

U.S. Army Air Force Physical Education, 1942-1945

Series I. contains five subseries pertaining to the U.S. Army Air Force Physical Education. All notebooks were deconstructed for preservation purposes, but papers were kept in original order. Photographs inside notebooks were transferred to box 3.

General

Subseries i. includes general information including training aids, programs, reports, charts, media, manuals, and an agenda book.

P.T. In-Service Training Aids: Syllabi, Lectures, Physical Fitness Handbook, 1945

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Physical Programs and Activities, 1942-1945

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Reports, 1943-1945

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Charts, 1944

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Media, 1944

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Manual for Physical Training For Aviation Cadets, 1942

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Agenda Book

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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1944 Notebook, 1944

Subseries ii. contains Clay's 1944 Notebook in Box 1 folder 8, and includes achievement cards, charts, orders, instruction guides, and photographs. All photographs have been numbered by the original order of the notebooks. Photographs have stamp, "Official Photograph U.S. Army Air Force." 0000ua049:3:1-0000ua049:3:32 are loose photographs from the 1944 Notebook that were originally before page one of the notebook. These photographs include the U.S. Army Air Force participating in a variety of physical activities including football, races, punching bags, pull-ups, tug-o-war, rope climbing, basketball, archery, baseball, vollyball, and tennis.

Achievement cards, Charts, Orders, Instruction Guides, 1944

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Photographs 0000ua049:3:1-0000ua049:3:32

  • Box 3
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Photographs 0000ua049:3:33-0000ua049:3:52

  • Box 3
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1939-1944 Notebook, 1939-1944

Subseries iii. contains Clay's 1939-1944 Notebook in Box 1 folders 9-13 and Box 2 folders 1-4. Notebook contains general programs, diagrams, reports and inspections, testing program, swimming, inter-post intramurals, forms, funds, and photographs. 0000ua049:3:33-0000ua049:3:52 are loose photographs from the "Pictures and Diagrams," section of the notebook. These photographs have the official U.S. Army Air Force stamp as well. Photographs include participation of the U.S. Army Air Force in tennis, marching, football, baseball, basketball, swimming, and equipment used.

General Programs, 1939-1944

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Pictures and Diagrams

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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Historical Reports, Inspections, 1944

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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Testing Program, 1943-1944

  • Box 1, Folder 12
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Swimming, 1944

  • Box 1, Folder 13
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Inter-Post Intramurals, 1944

  • Box 2, folder 1

Swimming Medals

  • Box 4
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Forms, Diagrams, and Rules of Sports, 1939-1944

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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Monthly Reports and Schedule Annoucements, 1943-1944

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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Funds, Facilities, and Equipment, Bulk, 1942-1944, 1942-1944

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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"AAF Primary Training P.T. Program, Orangeburg, S.C." Notebook, 1943-1945

Subseries iv. contains the "AAF Primary Flying Training P.T. Program, Orangeburg, S.C.," notebook in Box 2 folders 5-13. This notebook includes papers on physical training, drills, boxing, running activities, games, administration, tests, and tumbling.

Physical Training, 1945

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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Conditioning Drills, 1944

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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Mass Boxing

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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Running Activities

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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Mass Games, 1943

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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Grass Drills

  • Box 2, Folder 10
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Administration, 1944-1945

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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Physical Fitness Test, 1944-1945

  • Box 2, Folder 12
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Tumbling

  • Box 2, Folder 13
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Jesse Stuart, 1958-1997

The Jesse Stuart series contains various materials related to the author from 1958-1997. Materials include the correspondence of Maurice A. Clay and Jesse Stuart from 1959-1981, Christmas cards from the Stuart family, three short works by Jesse Stuart, information about Stuart's books, and newspaper articles written about Stuart.

Correspondence, 1959-1981

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Christmas Cards, 1964-1975

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Jesse Stuart Short Works

  • Box 1, Folder 3
The Jesse Stuart Short Works folder contains one bibliography, "Jesse Stuart: A Bibliography For May, 1960-May, 1965," by Hensley C. Woodbridge. As well as two short stories, "A Kentucky Christmas Classic," featured in the Lexington-Herald Leader, and "Corbie," featured in The Herald-Advertiser.
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Materials about Jesse Stuart, 1958-1997

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Newspaper articles about Jesse Stuart

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Miscellaneous, 1930-1964

The Miscellaneous series contains a drawing of the Taylor Educational Building, articles by Oliver S. Clay in the "Auctioneer," and four blank metal Sullivan awards.

Drawing of Taylor Educational Building

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Articles by Oliver S. Clay in the "Auctioneer", 1957-1964

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Two blank Sullivan Awards (metal)

  • Box 1, Folder 3-4
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