MSS 27 – Pendell, Lucille Hunt, 1902-1981

Papers of Lucille H. Pendell, 1948-1972

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives

Call No.: MSS 27


Title: Papers of Lucille H. Pendell, 1948-1972.

Quantity: 1.0 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)


Note: This document last updated 2006 January 6.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Lucille Hunt Pendell donated her papers to the Gallaudet University Archives in 1972.

Processed by: Carielyn Kelly. 1984 September 25.

Processing Note:

Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.

Related Material in the Archives: The archives has numerous materials related to Pendell. Please see ALADIN for a complete listing.


Groundbreaking for the Edward Miner Gallaudet Memorial Library [motion picture].

Gallaudet University Archives

Call Number: Deaf Film 16-6


  • Kelly H. Stevens [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits
  • Lloyd Quinerly [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits
  • Photograph album of John V. Wurdemann [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 52
  • Lucille Pendell [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits


  • Scrapbook of Gallaudet College News Items. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Scrapbook Album 9

Small Manuscripts

  • Papers, Margaret Elizabeth Daniels, 1964-1979. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS
  • Papers, Marie E. K. Fisher, 1963-1964. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS
  • Papers, Mina B. Caselli, 1963-1968. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS
  • Papers, Leon Auerbach, 1961-1967. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Vertical Files

  • Lucille H. Pendell. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

1902 January 17, born in Hennessey, Oklahoma.
1919-1925 Teacher Public Schools in Oklahoma City.
1919-1925 Documents Librarian, Oklahoma State University.
1925 Received B.A. degree in Education, Oklahoma State University.
1926-1931 Archivist, War Records Office. National Archives.
1930 Received M.A. degree in History. Oklahoma State University.
1943-1947 Librarian and Assistant Professor, Gallaudet College.
1947-1955 Associate Professor, Gallaudet College.
1949 Received B.S. degree in Library Science, Catholic University of America.
1950 Initiated Field Training Program for the Department, Gallaudet College.
1950-1951 Received Rockefeller Fellowship for Archival Research.
1972 June 30, Retired as Head Librarian of the Edward Miner Gallaudet Memorial Library.
1981 April 5, died of Leukemia at age 79.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of University Professors American Library Association Beta Phi Mu Catholic University Library School Alumni Association Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf Delta Zeta District of Columbia Library Association Kappa Delta Pi.

Scope and Content

The Lucille H. Pendell Papers, 1948 1973, consist of 2,000 pages of correspondence and manuscripts of Lucille Hunt Pendell, who served as librarian at Gallaudet College for more than 25 years.

The majority of the papers are dated from the mid 1950’s the mid 160s, and reflect Pendell’s interests and activities while at Gallaudet College.

Lucille Pendell came to Gallaudet College in 1943 as Librarian and Assistant Professor in the Library Science Department. She was very involved in Gallaudet and published several articles relating to her profession. Included in the collection are the articles, “Edward Miner Gallaudet Memorial Library Gallaudet College, Kendall Green” and “Library Service to the Deaf”, as well as correspondence relating to these articles and descriptions of the contents, function and purpose of the library.

Miss Pendell also was asked on numerous occasions to review books and articles associated with both library services and deafness. Pendell’s reviews, as well as letters requesting the reviews, are included among her papers.

On February 5, 1957 the Edward Miner Memorial Library opened. During the planning stages of the library, Pendell wrote two separate descriptions of the operational program of the Library, including the physical layout and facilities of the Edward Miner Gallaudet Memorial Library. These handwritten descriptions can be found along with various correspondence, including Pendell’s appointment as chairperson of the Library Science Department, in 1971.

In addition to being an integral part of the E.M.G. Memorial Library and the Library Science Department, Pendell was also actively involved with the Gallaudet students. Specifically, she was an honorary member and the advisor of the Phi Kappa Zeta sorority. One can find Pendell’s name tags, certificate of membership, correspondence, invitations and programs relating to the sorority’s activities from 1952 on.

In 1972, Lucille Pendell retired as Head Librarian at Gallaudet College. To show their appreciation to Pendell, the students, faculty and staff wrote personal letters of thanks and compiled these into a book. The book was then presented to Mrs. Pendell at her retirement party. Copies of the letters, as well as Mrs. Pendell’s thank you letters and banquet napkins, book markers and programs are included in the collection.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists

No Series.

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 01 American Library Association 1958‑1962
1 02 Article Published 1950-1960
1 03 American Association for Public Information, Education and Research 1953
1 04 Book reviews 1955‑1962
1 05 Catholic University 1948‑1972
1 06 Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf 1957‑1967
1 07 Correspondence, miscellaneous 1950‑1966
1 08 D.C. Library Association 1954‑1970
1 09 Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf 1968
1 10 Delta Zeta 1954‑1964
2 01 Edward Miner Gallaudet Memorial Library 1950‑1971
2 02 Events at Gallaudet College 1959‑1971
2 03 Events attended ‑ invitations 1951‑1973
2 04 Intersorority Council, Articles n.d.
2 05 Retirement 1972
2 06 Participation in Institutes 1953
2 07 Phi Kappa Zeta 1953‑1964
2 08 Thank‑you letters 1972
2 09 Two Thousand Women of Achievement Award 1969
2 10 University of Oklahoma, subject headings for still pictures n.d.
2 11 Who’s Who in American Colleges 1968‑1969
2 12 Who’s Who in the South 1952
2 13 Women’s Governing Council 1952

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