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Sep 25, 2022
Manuscripts – MSS 30 – Porter, Sarah Harvey, 1856-1922
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
MSS 30 – Porter, Sarah Harvey, 1856-1922
Papers of Sarah H. Porter, 1888-1922
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 30
Title: Papers of Sarah H. Porter, 1888-1922
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 9.
Acquisition Information: Unknown.
Processed by: Ulf Hedberg. 1990 January 17.
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:
Sarah Harvey Porter was born in Sutton, New Hampshire, July 21, 1856. She took a teacher training course at the Salem Normal School, Salem, Massachusetts, and taught for four years in public schools. Later she became interested in deaf education and taught at the Clarke School for the Deaf, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sarah H. Porter’s article, “Society and the Orally Restored Deaf-Mute,” drew Dr. Edward M. Gallaudet’s attention.
She began working at the Columbia Institution for the Deaf in 1884 as a Kendall School teacher.
When the Normal Department was established in 1891, Miss Porter took part in the instruction of its students.
In 1911 she gave up teaching children and devoted herself entirely to lectures and training of the Normals.
In September 1922, Miss Porter was granted a year’s leave of absence. She went to her summer home near Keane, New York in the Adirondack Mountains. She died suddenly on October 1, 1922.
Scope and Content
The Sarah Harvey Porter Collection consists of material related to her work on psychological deafness.
The collection consists of approximately 850 items dating 1888 to 1922. The majority of the papers date from approximately 1910s to the beginning of the 1920s. The bulk of the collection contains correspondence, essays, notes on deafness, and questionnaires.
In the folder of “Essays” are different articles written by Sarah H. Porter and other authors. The last folder “Questionnaires” includes questionnaires related to psychological deafness given by Miss Porter to her students and the students’ handwritten responses.
Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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