MSS 176

Stewart, Roy J., 1878-1967

p>Papers of Roy J. Stewart, 1897-1972

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives

Call No.: MSS 176


Title: Papers of Roy J. Stewart, 1897-1972

Quantity: 0.5 linear foot (one document box)

Abstract: This collection consists of clippings, correspondence, program books, magazines and poems.


Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Papers of Roy J. Stewart was transferred to the Gallaudet University Archives from the Office of Alumni, Gallaudet University on May 26, 1993.

Processed by: Michael J. Olson, 2009 July 31.

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


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


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


  • 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 the history of Gallaudet College.”

Scope and Content

The papers of Roy J. Stewart consist of one document box for a total of 0.5 linear feet and approximately 50 pages. The materials within the collection range from 1897 to 1972 with the majority of content from 1931 to 1963.
The bulk of the papers are various subjects on historical information on Gallaudet University. Included in the collection contains letters written by Ellen P. Stewart, wife of Roy J. Stewart. One interesting letter is written by Roy J. Stewart about a specific location of filming on Edward Miner Gallaudet’s lecture that was filmed in 1910 and the location was at the studio of Mathew Brady, a famous Civil War photographer.

Folders List

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
01 01 Clippings 1931
01 02 Dance Card- Class of 1897 1897
01 03 Ernest Gallaudet Draper 1928
01 04 Gallaudet College Alumni Association 1947-1963
01 05 Helen Keller by Bert L. Forse n.d
01 06 Kappa Gamma Fraternity 1948-1952
01 07 Letter – Cloud, James H. 1917-1918
01 08 Letter – Fleming, Mildred 1960
01 09 Letter – McClure, George M. 1959
01 10 Letter to Burnes, Byron B. from Roy Stewart about film 1960
01 11 Letter to Gannon, Jack & Rosalyn from Ellen Stewart 1972
01 12 Letter to Peikoff, David & Polly from Ellen Stewart 1968
01 13 Magazine and poems 1933
01 14 William Wolcott Beadell 1931

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