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Celeste Ulrich Speeches

Identifier: MSS 0113

Scope and Contents

The Celeste Ulrich Speeches date from 1950 to 1991 and include transcripts of speeches, arranged alphabetically by title, spanning Ulrich's professional career. The speech entitled "One Clear Call," presented at the AAHPERD convention in San Francisco in 1991, is marked "my last professional presentation." Also included in this collection is a bound volume of the transcript of an oral history interview with Celeste Ulrich conducted by Allys Swanson and Sharon L. Van Oteghen on March 28, 1990 as part of a project to interview retired AAHPERD presidents and national award recipients.


  • 1950 - 1991


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Celeste Ulrich (1924- ) was a professor of health, physical education and recreation for several decades, and a leader in the field of physical education. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and received her bachelor of science degree from Woman's College (now UNCG) in 1946, her master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1947, and her PhD from the University of Southern California in 1956. From 1947 to 1956, Ulrich taught at Madison College (now James Madison University) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, then returned to Woman's College in 1956, where she taught in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation until 1979. She left UNCG in 1979 for the University of Oregon in Eugene, where she served as professor and Dean of the College of Human Development and Performance until her retirement.

Ulrich contributed extensively to the promotion of physical education and sport through her research, writing, and speaking. Her involvement in professional associations included serving on numerous committees: as Vice President of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (AAHPER) and Chairwoman of the Physical Education Division, and then as President from 1976 to 1977. During her term as President of the National Association for Physical Education of College Women (NAPECW), Ulrich established the Amy Morris Homans Lecture and the journal Quest. In 1983, she was the recipient of AAHPER's prestigious Luther Halsey Gulick Award.

In 1998 Dr. Ulrich established a generous endowment to provide recognition for professional service activities by faculty members in the UNCG Department of Exercise and Sports Science.


1.60 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Celeste Ulrich (1924- ) was a professor of health, physical education and recreation at UNCG from 1956 to 1979, and a leader in the field of physical education. The Celeste Ulrich Speeches date from 1950 to 1991 and include transcripts of speeches spanning Ulrich's professional career.

Arrangement Note

Speeches are in alphabetical order by title, preceded by a transcript of an oral history interview and a personal history.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Ulrich, transferred by Dr. Kate Barrett in October 1992.

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Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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