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Manuscripts – MSS 72 – Williams, Boyce R., 1910
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
MSS 72 – Williams, Boyce R., 1910
Papers of Boyce R. Williams, 1968-1977
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 72
Title: Papers of Boyce R. Williams, 1968-1977.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 10.
Processed by: Colleen M. Crisp. 1996 September 6.
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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Boyce R. Williams was born on August 29, 1910 in Racine, Wisconsin. He became deaf at the age of 17 from spinal meningitis. He attended Wisconsin School for the Deaf four months before entering Gallaudet College.
He entered Gallaudet College in 1929 and was a president of the Gallaudet College Athletic Association during his senior year. He was one of the few men who played two consecutive winning seasons. williams graduated from Gallaudet College in 1932 and after graduating, he taught at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for two years, then at the Indiana School for the Deaf for two years.
While at Indiana School for the Deaf, he was the Vocational Training Director in 1937.
He married a woman who was the 4th generation of the Tillinghast family to teach the Deaf and had three sons.
In 1940, Boyce R. Williams received his Master of Arts from Columbia University in New York. In 1945, he moved to Washington, DC to become a consultant to the Rehabilitation Services Administration on Programs for Deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired.
Boyce R. Williams was active at Gallaudet College, serving on the Board of Directors and Board of Fellows and was a president of Gallaudet College Alumni Association. He received several awards, among them, the National Association of the Deaf Distinguished Service Award, and the Daniel T. Cloud Memorial Award for Leadership from San Fernando Valley State College. He also received an honory Doctor of Laws degree from Gallaudet College, and an honory Doctor of Letters from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
After 38 years with Vocational Rehabilitation, Williams retired in 1983.
During the year 1983-1984 he was a recipient of the Powrie Vaux Doctor Chair of Deaf Studies.
Scope and Content
Boyce R. Williams’ papers consist of letters, biography notes, newsletters, and programs from 1968 to 1977.
Williams received the Daniel T. Cloud Memorial Leadership Award in 1968 because of his service to the Deaf, and there are a number of letters of congratulations in the collection.
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Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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