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MSS 138 Lependorf, Bertt, 1920- Papers of Bertt Lependorf, 1943-1991

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Descriptive Summary
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 138
Title: Papers of Bertt Lependorf, 1943-1991
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 4.

Administrative Information
Acquisition Information: Acquired in the 1990s.
Processed by: Octavian Robinson. 2004 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:

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    • Bertt Lependorf. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch
Bertt Lependorf was born in 1920 in an Irish neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He became totally deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other ear as a child. His deafness is attributed to an unspecified childhood illness. He graduated from Gallaudet College in 1944 and entered a trade as a printer. His wife, Betty-Jo, is also a graduate of Gallaudet. Lependorf worked for various newspapers, including The Daily Review, where he worked for 22 years before retiring in 1982. In addition to his trade as a printer, he also served on the California Vocational Rehabilitation Board of Appeals, a governor’s position. His first appointment was in 1974, and he was reappointed in 1982.

Scope and Content
The Bertt Lependorf papers include reports; newsletters; minutes; correspondence; papers regarding legislation for deaf jurors, interpreting services, social services, TDDs; membership lists for the California Association of the Deaf; papers related to the Santa Clara Valley and East Bay Chapters of the California Association of the Deaf; correspondence about captioned films; and news clippings. The collection dates from 1943 to 1991, with the bulk dates from 1974 to 1986. This collection has good information about deaf civil rights in California and their activism.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Appeals Board: California Department of Rehabilitation 1975, 1981
1 2 C.H.A.D. 1965-1967
1 5 California Association of Teachers of the Hearing Impaired 1986
1 3 California Association of the Deaf 1960-1991
1 4 California Association of the Deaf Membership 1986
1 6 California Legislation re: Deaf Jurors 1974-1980
1 7 California Legislation re: Interpreters for the Deaf 1977
1 8 California Legislation re: Social Services for the Deaf 1979-1980
1 9 California Legislation re: TDD 1975-1982
1 10 Captioned Films for the Deaf 1972-1983
1 11 Deaf Counseling Advocacy Referral Agency 1963-1988
1 12 Department of Rehabilitation 1989
1 13 East Bay: California Association of the Deaf 1982-1991
1 14 Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness 1980, 1984
1 15 Hayward Deaf Senior Citizens 1988
1 16 Internal Revenue Service Workshop 1979-1980
1 17 Miscellaneous 1943-1991
1 18 News clippings 1966-1990
1 19 Santa Clara Valley Chapter: C.A.D. 1982
1 20 Television captioning 1980-1989

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