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Sep 28, 2022
Manuscripts – MSS 44 – Stokoe, William Clarence, 1919-
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
MSS 44 – Stokoe, William Clarence, 1919-
Papers of William C. Stokoe, 1948-1982
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 44
Title: Papers of William C. Stokoe, 1948-1982.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 10.
Processed by: Ulf Hedberg. 1990 January 19.
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:
William Clarence Stokoe was born on July 21, 1919 in Lancaster, New Hampshire. In 1942 he received a B.A. degree in English from Cornell University. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in 1946 from the same university.
From 1955 to 1971 he worked as a professor of English at Gallaudet College. He became a Professor of Linguistics in 1968. In 1971 he established and became the Director of a research laboratory called the Linguistics Research Laboratory. Dr. Stokoe has since been recognized as a an authority on American Sign Language, a natural language of the Deaf community. He has contributed to and written many articles and books in the field of linguistics, sign language, and Deaf culture.
The Linguistics Research Laboratory was dissolved upon the retirement of Dr. Stokoe in 1984.
Scope and Content
The William Clarence Stokoe Collection. The collection consists of approximately 150 items dating from 1948 to 1982. The majority of the papers date from about 1950s to 1960s. The bulk of the collection contains articles, clippings, memorandums, news releases, and printed materials relative to Dr. Stokoe.
In the folder of clippings contains some biographical information and some of his successful works in linguistics research. The next folder contains essays written by Dr. Stokoe, and includes an essay entitled “Language and the liberal arts at Gallaudet College” that Dr. Stokoe criticized. There is also a response to this particular essay in the folder of memoranda.
“Sign Language: An Outline of the Visual Communication Systems of the American Deaf” and other printed booklets are included in the folder on printed materials. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
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