Areas of Study

MSS 123

Stewart, Roy J., 1878-1967

Papers of Roy J. Stewart, 1894-1967

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives

Call No.: MSS 123


Title: Papers of Roy J. Stewart, 1894-1967.

Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)


Note: This document last updated 2008 February 6.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Roy J. Stewart Papers was given to the Gallaudet University Archives on June 28, 2001 by Hubbard Stewart, a great nephew of Roy J. and Ellen P. Stewart.

Processed by: Michael J. Olson, 2003.

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:

For more related materials on Roy J. Stewart, See ALADIN


  • Roy J. Stewart [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits


  • Scrapbooks belonged to Roy J. Stewart. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Scrapbook Albums (xx)

Small Manuscripts

  • Papers, Roy J. Stewart, 1893-1971. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Vertical Files

  • Roy J. Stewart. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

Roy J. Stewart was born in Centerville, Michigan, on January 6, 1878. He became deaf after falling off a one-horse wagon at age nine. Stewart received his Bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet College in 1899. He became a statistician for the United States Census Bureau’s Alexander Graham Bell division after graduation. Stewart was very active in many organizations for the deaf, such as the Motion Picture Committee under National Association for the Deaf and Gallaudet Alumni Association. He was very involved in preserving sign language. In 1964, he was named Gallaudet’s alumnus of the year by the college’s Kappa Gamma Fraternity. He married Ellen Pearson, a 1917 Gallaudet graduate. Stewart died at 89 years old on March 29, 1967. Before his death, he was a frequent visitor to the campus and became known as “walking dictionary on Gallaudet College history.”

Scope and Content

The Roy J. Stewart collection includes approximately 2,550 items. The majority of the papers are letter correspondence about old motion pictures. Also, there are postcards from all over the United States included in this collection.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists

No Series.

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Civil Service Examination 1899-1900
1 2 Constitution and By-Laws of the Alumnae O.W.L.S. of Gallaudet College n.d.
1 3 Gallaudet College Alumni Association 1914-1950
1 4 Letters 1894-1899
1 5 Letters 1901-1909
1 6 Letters 1910
1 7 Letters 1911
1 8 Letters 1912
1 9 Letters 1913
1 10 Letters 1914
1 11 Letters 1915
1 12 Letters 1916
1 13 Letters 1917
1 14 Letters 1918
1 15 Letters 1920
1 16 Letters 1921
1 17 Letters 1923
1 18 Letters 1924
2 1 Letters 1925
2 2 Letters 1926-1927
2 3 Letters 1936
2 4 Letters 1956-1958
2 5 Letters 1960-1964
2 6 Letters n.d.
2 7 Manuscripts n.d.
2 8 National Association of the Deaf 1910-1916
2 9 Personal Items 1914-1967
2 10 Program Books 1925-1954
3 1 Postcards 1905-1967

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