Areas of Study

MSS 70 – Randolph, John Dennis, 1923-1992
Papers of John D. Randolph, 1944-1982
Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 70
Title: Papers of John D. Randolph, 1944-1982
>Quantity: 1.0 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 9.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Unknown.
Processed by: Collen M. Crisp. 1996 September 9.
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:


  • John D. Randolph [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits

Vertical Files

  • John D. Randolph. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Museum Artifacts:

  • Two Rifle Shooting Trophies
  • Penn. State Free Rifle Championship, September 23-24, 1967. 1st Expert Aggregate, National Mid-Winter Smallbore Championships, 1969
  • Eight Jacket Patches.
  • 1-3. NRA International Team Tryouts
  • 4-6. World Shooting Championships, 1970
  • 7. NRA National Indoor Championships, 1970
  • Desk pen set awarded from Dept. of Commerce
  • One U-controlled Gasoline engine flying model, 1943
  • Rifle shooting jacket
  • Blue sports suit (Olympics)
  • NRA Silverware
  • Six Wall Plaques
  • Penn. State Free Rifle Championship, 2nd place, Sept. 23-24, 1967
  • 1st Expert Standing, National Mid-Winter Smallbore Championship, 1969
  • Small Bore Rifle, NRA Regional, Winning Team-Any Sights, 1970
  • Berwyn Rod and Gun Club, Small Bore, Match-Prone Open Winner, 1979
  • Berwyn Rod and Gun Club, High Power Rifle, 1st Master, 1980. Berwyn Rod and Gun Club, High Power Rifle, 2nd Master, 1981

Biographical Sketch

John Dennis Randolph was born on April 30, 1923 in Claremore, Oklahoma. He became deaf at the age of three by whooping cough. He attended public schools in Oklahoma and Texas from age five to ten. He lost more of his hearing at the age of nine by scarlet fever, and then became severely deafened at the age of 12 by a double mastoid attack.

John D. Randolph attended the Texas School for the Deaf from 1933 to 1940. He entered Gallaudet College in 1940 and graduated from Gallaudet College in 1945 with a BA.

He went on to graduate school at the University of Texas and majored in Organic Chemistry, against many of his acquaintances’ advice. He got his MA in February 1948. He was an assistant to Dr. Benjamin F. Stimmel at the Rees Stealy Medical Research Foundation in San Diego carrying out cancer research from January 1949 to September 1953.

He worked for the U. S. Government as an Analytical chemist for the Bureau of Mines in 1955 and transferred to U.S. Patent Office (now U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) in 1956.

While working at the U.S. Patent office, he went on to study law at the Georgetown Law School from 1956 to 1960 and received his LL.B. degree in 1960.

In 1966, John D. Randolph received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award.

In 1969, he was involved with the U.S. Shooting Team for the 11th International Games for the Deaf in 1969 (in Yugoslavia) and 12th International Games for the Deaf in 1973 (in Malmo, Sweden).

John D. Randolph retired from the U.S. Patent Office in 1982 and he died on June 30, 1992.

Scope and Content

The Papers of John D. Randolph consist of correspondence, thesis, speech, class notes from schools, and International Games for the Deaf, from 1944 1982.

The John D. Randolph papers are small and consist mostly on class notes that he typed after students in classes took notes for him. Some notes are related to law studies, like, Conflicts of Laws, Creditor’s rights, etc. There are also exams included.

In folder 14, there is a book signed by a number of people on the day Randoph retired from United States Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office.

Also included are a few articles authored bu Randolph about Chemistry, and his 1948 thesis for his Master’s Degree, titled “The Dehydrohalogenation of 2 halo 2propen l OL” is in box 17. His 1946 Yearbook from the University of Texas is also present.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Articles 1944-1952
1 2 Autograph Albums 1982
1 3 Biography Notes n.d.
1 4 Booklets International Games for the Deaf 1965-1973
1 5 Class Notes Conflicts of Law 1959‑1960
1 6 Class Notes Creditor’s Rights 1959‑1960
1 7 Class Notes Domestic Relations 1958‑1959
1 8 Class Notes Restitution 1958
1 9 Class Notes Sales 1958
1 10 Class Notes Statutes 1960
1 11 Correspondence 1948-1953
1 12 Organic Chemical Exams 1946
1 13 Organic Chemical Quizzes 1946
1 14 Speeches 1982
1 15 Thesis – The Dehydrohalogenation of 2-halo-2-propen-1-OL 1948
2 1 Cactus Yearbook – University of Texas 1946

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