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MSS 76 – Laro Club, Inc., 1938-1979

Collection of Laro Club, Inc., 1938-1979

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives

Call No.: MSS 76


Title: Collection of Laro Club, Inc., 1938-1979

Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)


Note: This document last updated 2006 January 3.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Laro Club, Inc. papers were given to the Gallaudet University Archives by Robert Swain Jr. The gift was made in 1982.

Processed by: Carielyn Kelly. 1984 June 13.

Processing Note: Revised by Gary W. Brooks. 1998 May 12.

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:


  • Laro Club : part one [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 241-4
  • Laro Club : part two [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 242-4
  • Laro Club : part three [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 295-5
  • Laro Club : part four [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 253-4

Historical Sketch

1935 The Laro Club was founded in New York City, New York.
1938 In January the Constitution and By-Laws were ratified.
1938 By December the Club was organized as a social club for practicing oral deaf adults.
1955 On June 27th the Laro Club became incorporated.
1961-1965 The Club’s newsletter, “Laro Log,” saw publication.
1963 This year marked their 25th Anniversary.
1964 At this time in the Club’s history membership included residents of: District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota and Florida.
1979 In September the Laro Club, Inc. officially disbanded.

Scope and Content

In 1935, the Laro Club (Oral spelled backwards) was founded by a group of five deaf oralists. In 1938, a total of 49 deaf oralists joined together for the sole purpose of organizing the Laro Club.

The club was designed as a social club for practicing deaf oral adults in the greater New York Metropolitan Area. Schools represented by members were: Clarke School for the Deaf, St. Louis Central Institute for the Deaf, Public School 47 in Manhattan, Lexington School for the Deaf, St. Josephs School and various other private schools.

The Laro club, Inc. collection consists of approximately 700 pages, dating from 1938-1979.

The bulk of the collection falls into the period when the club was in its peak: 1950-1964.

Eventually the club became the best known social group for oral deaf adults in the country. During the club’s peak years, it had slightly over 100 members.

Membership was based on sponsors, applications, personal interviews and a percentage vote at the business meetings. Membership applications from 1940-1970 are included in this collection, as well as the Cash Account Books and the club’s Constitution (ratified 1938).

Business meetings were held every month. Social affairs were held monthly except for July and August. Fund raising events were sponsored for worthwhile causes. The clubs outstanding social event was their annual banquet and dinner. Social affair reports, social activities, membership lists and business meeting minutes can be found in the collection.

In 1955, the Laro Club became incorporated. In 1961 it published and disseminated its first issue of the newsletter, “Largo Log”. This newsletter was printed until 1965. It seemed that the Laro Log was an effective means keeping members together. Copies of many of the newsletters, various correspondence and information from the historical committee are included in the collection.

Over the years, the club’s membership rules changed. Standards relaxed to encourage more members. This dissatisfied members among the Old Guard. Inevitably interest lagged, and membership dropped. In September 1979, the Laro Club, Inc. disbanded.

Correspondence by the following people can be found among the Laro Club, Inc. Papers: Franz Ascher, LaMoyne Ascher, Eugene Bergan, Helen Gordon Bergan, Catherine Evans, Howard Hoffman, Margaret Jackson, Milton Ohringer, Chares Rancke, William Rogers, Elliott Rosenholz, James Russell, and Robert Swain.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists

No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Applications A-D 1940-1970
1 2 Applications E-H 1940-1970
1 3 Applications I-M 1940-1970
1 4 Applications N-Q 1940-1970
1 5 Applications R 1940-1970
1 6 Applications S-T 1940-1970
1 7 Applications U-Z 1940-1970
1 8 Announcements-Misc. n.d.
1 9 Banquet 1958-1969
1 10 Cash Account Book 1941-1947
1 11 Cash Account Book 1951-1956
1 12 Cash Accounts 1960-1961
1 13 Certificate of Incorporation 1955
1 14 Constitution, By-Laws & Revisions 1944-1949
2 1 Correspondence-Misc. 1940-1944
2 2 Correspondence-Misc. 1945-1950
2 3 Correspondence-Misc. 1951-1955
2 4 Correspondence-Misc. 1956-1960
2 5 Correspondence from Franz Ascher 1960-1961
2 6 Correspondence to Franz Ascher 1944-1961
2 7 Correspondence between Franz Ascher and Elliot Rosenholz 1959-1961
2 8 Correspondence Bob Swain to LaMoyne Ascher n.d.
2 9 History Committee Report n.d.
2 10 Laro Log (Laro Club News) 1943-1966
2 11 Laro Log (Laro Club Newsletter) 1957-1960
2 12 Laro Log 1961
2 13 Laro Log 1962-1963
2 14 Laro Log 1964-1965
2 15 List of Club Officials 1938-1963
3 1 Meeting Minutes 1937-1940
3 2 Meeting Minutes 1941-1944
3 3 Meeting Minutes 1945-1952
3 4 Meeting Minutes 1952-1954
3 5 Meeting Minutes 1955-1956
3 6 Meeting Minutes 1957-1960
3 7 Meeting Minutes 1966-1967
3 8 Membership Information-Misc. n.d.
3 9 Membership Lists. 1946-1961
3 10 Memos and Reports n.d.
3 11 Minutes of Board Meetings n.d.
3 12 Misc. n.d.
3 13 Revision Committee-Proceedings 1961
3 14 Social Activities 1948-1951
3 15 Social Activities 1957-1959
3 16 Social Activities 1961-1965
3 17 Social Activities 1974-1979
3 18 Social Affair Attendance Records 1945-1947
3 19 Social Affair Reports 1945-1954

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