MSS 55 – Sanderson, Dr. Robert Gordon, 1920-
Papers of Dr. Robert G. Sanderson, 1961-1984
Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 55
Title: Papers of Dr. Robert G. Sanderson, 1961-1984.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 9.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Dr. Robert Gordon Sanderson collection was given to the Gallaudet University Archives in 1986 by Dr. Robert G. Sanderson.
Processed by: Ulf Hedberg. 1988 November 8.
Processing Note:
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 G. Sanderson [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits

Vertical Files

  • Robert G. Sanderson. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

Sanderson was born on February 20, 1920, in Las Vegas Nevada. In 1931, he lost his hearing at age 11. He subsequently attended the Utah School for the Deaf and graduated in 1936. In 1936, he was admitted to Gallaudet College where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in 1941. He was employed as a chemist for the U.S. Bureau of Mines from 1941-1947. In 1947, he became a drycleaner then in 1948, he worked as an assistant county recorder until 1956. From 1956-1958, he worked as a proofreader then in 1958, returned to work as an assistant county recorder until 1966. During this time, from 1960-1962, he served as the secretary of the Utah Association of the Deaf and then as president from 1962-1964. In 1964, he was elected President of the National Association of the Deaf, where he served until 1968. In 1965, he earned a M.A. degree from the San Fernando State Valley College. In 1966, he became coordinator of the Service to the Deaf, Utah State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Scope and Content

The Dr. Robert Gordon Sanderson collection consists of mostly his work for the deaf community, dating from 1961-1984. The collection includes correspondence from the National Association of the Deaf, guidelines of the NAD, history-services to the deaf in Utah and peddling.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists

No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Correspondence 1972‑1974
1 2 Guidelines of the NAD 1973
1 3 History‑Services to the Deaf, Utah 1961‑1964
1 4 Miscellaneous 1961‑1984
1 5 Peddling 1961

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