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Dec 9, 2022
Manuscripts – MSS 23 – Northrop, Helen, 1886-1981
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 23
Title: Papers of Helen Northrop, 1905-1977.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 6.
Acquisition Information: The Helen Northrop collection was given to the Gallaudet University Archives on April 1, 1977 by Winifred N. Wright.
Processed by: Ulf Hedberg. 1993 May 6.
Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.
Helen Northrop was born in 1886 in Wayne, Nebraska. She was educated in a public school for 11 years, first grade through high school. She then became deafened due to an illness and attended the Nebraska School for the Deaf for 7 months.
In 1905, she was admitted to Gallaudet College and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1908. She spent most of her life pursuing her educational career. After graduation, she went to teach at the North Dakota School for the Deaf until 1911, then returned to Gallaudet College and taught several subjects including home economics, English, mathematics, and gymnastics. She also worked as the College librarian.
Between 1919 and 1923, Helen Northrop taught at the Idaho School for the Deaf. In 1923, she received a M.A. degree from Gallaudet College, which gave her more opportunity to advance her educational career. Finally, she spent 30 years at the Washington State School for the Deaf.
In 1933 she was promoted to principal and retired in 1954 after a total of 45 years as an educator of the Deaf. Gallaudet College presented her with an honorary degree, Doctor of Pedagogy in 1956.
She passed away in 1981 at 95 years old.
The Helen Northrop Collection consists of material related to her pedagogical work. The collection contains approximately 850 items dating from 1905 to 1977. The majority of the papers date from the 1930’s.
The bulk of the collection consists of pedagogical outlines.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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