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Dec 2, 2022
Manuscripts – MSS 38 – Bates, Robert L., 1930-1996
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
MSS 38 – Bates, Robert L., 1930-1996
Papers of Robert L. Bates, 1967-1987
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 38
Title: Papers of Robert L. Bates, 1967-1987
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: This collection consists of documents in Robert L. Bates’ possession during his tenure with the Alexandria-Potomac Lions Club.
Acquisition Information: The Papers of Robert L. Bates was donated to the Gallaudet University Archives on February 9th, 1989.
Processed By: Jeffrey Peterson, 2008 April 2
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:
Robert L. Bates was born on July 29, 1930 and became deaf at age seven stricken with scarlet fever. He enrolled at Indiana State School for the Deaf and graduated with academic honors. In 1955, he graduated from Gallaudet College with a B.A. degree in mathematics. Bates also did graduate work at American University and Evansville College.
He began his career in March 1955 as a mathematician with the Department of Navy in the Bureau of Aeronautics. Eventually, Bates became Chief of Scientific Programming Section. He was recognized as the project leader for several ADP systems. Bates was active in several organizations such as the Lions’ Club, Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, National Association for the Deaf, Virginia Association for the Deaf, and the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He was one of the recipients of the Outstanding Handicapped Federal Employees of the Year Award given by the U.S. Civil Service Commission in 1973. He married Joan Macaluso and they had four sons together. He passed away on March 4, 1996 at 65 in Rixeyville, Virginia.
Scope and Content
The Papers consists of 3 boxes of documents acquired during Robert L. Bates’ tenure with the Alexandria-Potomac Lions Club. Documents range from correspondences, club membership and officers lists, board meeting minutes, manuscripts, newsletters, and general club operation guidelines. The majority of content in the collection is comprised of membership lists, Membership and Activities Reports, and Lions Club newsletters.
The Strength of the collection is the Monthly Membership and Activities Reports. In these reports new and dropped members are listed, as well as the actions of the club on a month-by-month basis from 1976-1986.
Also included in the collection are 30 negatives and 17 loose photographs of club banquets. The photographs, however, are not labeled. (Please see Gallaudet University Archives staff for assistance with viewing photographs.)
Series Description and Folder Lists
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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