Areas of Study

MSS 150

Davis, John, 1909-

Papers of John Davis, 1967-1992

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 150
Title: Papers of John Davis,1967-1992.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 12.

Administrative Information
Acquisition Information:
Processed by: Octavian Robinson. 2005 January 12.
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:

  • Photographs
    • John Davis [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits

Biographical Sketch
John B. Davis was born in Evanston, Illinois, on August 30, 1909. He was born deaf and attended the Parker and Bell Grammar schools and the Lane, Evanston, and Wisconsin School for the Deaf for high school. He attended Gallaudet in Washington, DC. He embarked upon a career as a linotype printer. He worked in Washington, DC, Chicago, and California. When he retired as a printer, he became the state coordinator of Rehabilitation Services, and after eight years, he retired for the final time. He was active in the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, Chicago Club of the Deaf, and the Illinois Association of the Deaf. He fathered three children and has seven grandchildren. A more detailed biography can be found in the collection.

Scope and Content
The papers in the Davis collection range from 1967 to 1992. The papers include awards, correspondence, newspaper articles, and reports. This collection’s strength is the assorted speeches and essays regarding education, rehabilitation, and services for the deaf.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Awards 1973-1991
1 2 Biographies 1990
1 3 Correspondence and Memos 1969-1990
1 4 Flyer 1972
1 5 House Resolution 45 1989
1 6 Newspaper Articles 1991-1992
1 7 Notes and Sketches 1991
1 8 Papers re Department of Vocational Rehabilitation 1977
1 9 Published Essays and Speeches 1972-1974
1 10 Reports 1975
1 11 Speeches about Deaf Issues 1975-1977
1 12 Speeches about Deaf Education 1972-1977
1 13 Speeches about Miscellaneous n.d.
1 14 Speeches about Services for the Deaf 1977
1 15 Speeches about Deaf Organizations and Schools 1967-1991

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