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Manuscripts – MSS 48 – Vernon McCay 1928 Papers of McCay Vernon 1949-1983
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Descriptive SummaryRepository: Gallaudet University Archives Call No.: MSS 48Creator: Title: Papers of McCay Vernon, 1949-1983.Quantity: 8.5 Linear Feet (18 document boxes) Abstract: Note: This document last updated 2008 March 3.
Administrative Information Acquisition Information: McCay Vernon donated his papers to Gallaudet University Archives in October of 1984. Processed by: Michael J. Olson and Carielyn Kelly. 1984 March 28.Processing Note: Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.
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1928 Born October 14
1951 B.A. degree. University of Florida
1955 M.S. degree. Education of the Deaf, Gallaudet College
1957 M.A. degree. Psychology Florida State University
1966 Ph.D. Psychology. Claremont Graduate School Claremont, California
1951 1954 Teacher, Coach, Residence Hall Counselor. Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.
1955 1956 Teacher and Coach Texas School for the Deaf
1956 1958 Teacher and Coach. Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind
1956 1962 Psychologist and Teacher
1963 1964 California School for the Deaf
1962 1963 Clinical Psychologist. Riverside County General Hospital, California
1962 1964 Associate Professor and Lecturer. California Baptist College (Summer and Part Time)
1963 Lecturer, Los Angeles State College (Summer and Winter)
1964 1965 Research Associate. Institute for Research on Exceptional Children. University of Illinois
1965 1966 Research Associate Professor. DePaul University. Chicago, Illinois
1966 1969 Research Psychologist on Project Director of Project on Psychosis and Deafness Psychosomatic and Psychiatric Institute. Michael Resse Hospital. Chicago, Illinois
1969-1991 Professor of Psychology. Western Maryland College, Westminster, Maryland
1969 1989 Editor in Chief, American Annals of the Deaf
1979 1980 Powrie V. Doctor Chair of Deaf Studies. Gallaudet College. Washington, D.C. Honors
1970 Man of the Year, Alpha Sigma Pi Fraternity
1971 1972 Distinguished Teacher Award. Western Maryland College
1973 Alice Cogswell Award
1975 Declaration of Merit, World Federation of the Deaf
1975 Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree. Gallaudet College
1976 Daniel T. Cloud Award. University of Northridge
1979 1980 Powrie V. Doctor Chair of Deaf Studies. Gallaudet College
Scope and Content
The McCay Vernon Papers consist of class notes, correspondence, manuscripts and articles written by Dr. McCay Vernon. Dr. Vernon is presently professor of Psychology at Western Maryland College and Editor in Chief of the American Annals of the Deaf.
The collection, which consists of approximately 14,850 pages, dates from 1949 1983. The bulk of the collection consists of Vernon’s articles, manuscripts and papers. Being one of the most prolific writers in the field of deafness, Vernon has included more than 150 articles etc. in the series dated from 1969 1983. Some of the issues addressed in his literature include: Deafness and Mental Health., Genetics and Deafness, Total Communication, Diagnostic and Assessment Tools, Psycho Social aspects related to the Deaf Blind, Ushers Syndrome, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Political Rights and the Multihandicapped Deaf.
McCay Vernon holds a Master’s Degree in both Deaf Education and Psychology. A large part of the collection consists of personal class notes taken while pursuing his degrees. Lecture notes dating from 1950 1960 can be found for the following courses in Child Development, Educational Psychology, Human Development, Experimental Psychology, Methods of Teaching the Deaf and Personality Adjustment.
Also included from the Graduate School are some of Vernon’s term papers: Rational “Psychology of Albert Ellis, Recent and Outstanding Research on Prenatal Care, and Relative Intelligence and Achievement of Jews and Gentiles.
Since 1969, McCay Vernon has been Editor in Chief of the American Annals of the Deaf. In The A.A.D. series of this collection, included are letters of acceptance and rejection of submitted publications ¬along with the reviewing board’s comments.
The Annals provide reviews of books relating to the field of deafness. Included in this series are Vernon’s letters requesting reviews and copies of the reviews. The correspondences along with the reviews are arranged by subject in alphabetical order.
Other correspondences found are those with the managing editor, the Annals Committee, Administrative Committee, letters to the Editor, and New Trends Publishing Company.
During the mid 1970s and early 1980s, Vernon became interested in film as a medium to educate the general public on the issues and aspects of deafness. Proposals and correspondence for the following films can be found in Vernon’s collection: Deaf Blindness (1981), Human Difference The Study of Exceptionality (1980), Preschool Program, Quota Film Series Communication Disorders (1982), Mainstreaming: Hearing Impaired Children in Regular Schools (1975), We Tiptoed Around Whispering, Listen, Total Communication, Swan Lake: Conversations with Deaf Teenagers and Intolerable (1975).
The final component of the McCay Vernon Collection consists of general and personal correspondence. Being a nationally recognized psychologist, writer and consultant in the field of deafness, Dr. Vernon’s expertise is sought on a national level.
Correspondence includes invitations to speak at conferences, seminars, and conventions on topics such as Rubella, Multihandicapped deaf, Ushers Syndrome, and Deaf Blindness. Other letters are requests for available materials, reprints of articles and information on available services. Consultation on legal matters, information on assessment procedures and dissertation evaluations are also discussed.
Among McCay Vernon’s correspondents are: Linda Annala, Bernard Bragg, Robert Davila, Sen. John East, Joanna Greenberg, Gov. Harry Hughes, Barbara Kannapel, Jacqueline Mendelsohn, Michael Olanski, Art Roehrig, William Stokoe and Jerry Vlaska.
Series DescriptionsSeries 1 Class Notes, Correspondence, Materials, and Term PapersBoxes 1 5 1949-1972McCay Vernon kept most of his class notes, materials and term papers while he was in college. Most of the notes are about psychology, deafness, and speech for the deaf.
Series 2 General CorrespondenceBoxes 5 9 1966 1982
Series 3 Films and Proposals FilmsBoxes 10-11 1975-1982 In this box, there are proposals and grants for the films about Deaf Blind, Communication Disorders, Exceptional Child and Psychological Testing.
Series 4 American Annals of the Deaf, McCay Vernon, EditorBoxes 11 13 1968-1983General Correspondence, Annals Meetings
Series 5 Manuscripts and Correspondence (Accepted/Rejected)Boxes 13 16 1972-1983In this content, the author’s articles are accepted and rejected for the publication in the Annals. These files are arranged by the author’s name in the alphabetical order.
Series 6 Book ReviewsBoxes 17 18 1969-1983Correspondences and Reviews. Arranged by subject in alphabetical order.
The Archives has over 221 manuscript collections and more manuscripts are continuously being added. The collections may be the papers of faculty members, deaf individuals, or deaf organizations. Each collection has a "register," which includes a biographical/historical sketch, scope and content description, folder index, and...
Resource Type: Archives & Exhibits
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