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Nov 28, 2022
Manuscripts – MSS 4 – Cason, Mary D., 1880-1961
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 4
Creator: Mary D. Cason
Title: Papers of Mary D. Cason, 1909-1952.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)
Abstract: Mary D. Cason was a long-time teacher at the Maryland School for the Deaf and her collection focuses on Deaf education.
Note: This document last updated 2005 November 28.
Processed by: Carielyn Kelly. 1984 June 11.
Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.
Mary D. Cason was born on August 8, 1880. By 1925, Cason had begun teaching at the Maryland School for the Deaf at Frederick, MD. In January of 1926, she took a position as head teacher at the Maine School for the Deaf. This position lasted six months and she then returned to the Maryland School for the Deaf where she taught until 1946.
She was in charge of primary and intermediate departments. She retired in 1946 due to health reasons. She was a member of Presbyterian Church, Frederick Historical Society, president of the Frederick Zonta Club, member of the Fitzbugh Lee Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee for the League of Women Voters.
She died on September 20, 1961.
The Mary D. Cason Papers consist of the academic and personal papers of Mary Cason, who taught at the Maryland School for the Deaf, from 1926-1946. The collection, which includes approximately 3,400 pages, dates from 1909-1952.
The bulk of the collection falls into the period when Cason was in charge of the primary and intermediate departments of the Maryland School for the Deaf. Included are teacher meeting notes, plan books, programs from demonstrations, programs of commencement activities, and a manuscript on deaf education.
Cason had a special interest in speech development. Notes specifically relating to stammering, speech, articulation, and stuttering can be found in the collection. Information on the Radio Ear is also included in this series.
The remainder of the collection consists of Cason’s personal papers. Cason kept a personal diary from 1904-1905.
She also recorded “dinner stories” for a year, 1921-1922. The last component of her personal papers is three scrapbooks: Maryland School for the Deaf, 1939-1945; Nazi Germany, 1939-1945; and miscellaneous items, 1938.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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