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Dec 9, 2022
Manuscripts – Papers of Roy J. Stewart, 1897-1972
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Stewart, Roy J., 1878-1967
p>Papers of Roy J. Stewart, 1897-1972
Gallaudet University Archives
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.
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.
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 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.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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