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Polio

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1925-2008
Scope and Contents:
Consists primarily of articles, scholarly reprints, clippings, ephemera, and photographs. Topics include exhibition research material, the eradication of polio, orthotics, the Sabin and Salk vaccines, personal histories of polio survivors, post-polio syndrome and in particular the first mention of it in a letter written by Larry Schneider (Rehabilitation Gazette, Vol. XXII, 1979, Box 17, Folder 7), and Soviet Field trials. Material on polio can also be found in Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.; Series 5: Subject Files; Series 13: Printed Material; Series 14: Trade Literature; Series 15: Newspaper Clippings; and Series 16: Ephemera.
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1319, Series 3
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Disability Reference Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8cf3ced28-e8db-48ed-9182-12b05dba7ba3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref11

Scrapbook

Container:
Box 73, Folder 1-5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950 - 1950
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82728ea88-c72b-4de4-be66-8f0688e52ac2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref1102

Courageous Polio Victim

Extent:
1 Poster (12 5/8 in x 18 in)
Container:
Map-folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Date:
undated
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d9db9ef1-3759-455f-a53d-10ea9d453e68
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref1139

Entrance Modifications Approved by Archives

Extent:
4 Drawings (14 in x 18 1/8 in)
Container:
Map-folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
ca. 1979
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88081417c-8bf3-4266-b90a-fa9d5b0c858b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref1142

A Folding Concealed Ramp for Historic Buildings: Ramp Deployed. Barrier Free Environments, Inc.

Extent:
1 Drawing (14 in x 18 in)
Container:
Map-folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
1983 - 1983
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a7583136-bb20-4574-abcf-a588a68a7ad5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref1143

Mace, Ronald L.

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1990
Scope and Contents:
Ron Mace (1941-1998) was a design pioneer and visionary of universal design. This series consists primarily of newspaper clippings, slides, photographs, and a scrapbook. The scrapbook contains greeting cards from the time Ron was hospitalized with polio as a child. See also, Series 4: Universal Design for A Celebration of the Life and Contributions of Ronald L. Mace (Box 22 Folders 4-6 and Box 69).
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1319, Series 8
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Disability Reference Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e6f228be-2455-42d3-b5ed-ff845a002b47
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref15

Center for Universal Design. Photographs

Container:
Box 43, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990 - 1990
1980 - 1980
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fd8c36a6-3a95-4ece-bd62-dcca5052b5c0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref625

Illustrated Handbook of the Handicapped Section of the North Carolina State Building Code

Container:
Box 43, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974 - 1974
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep828cc7aa1-93bc-49dd-9ba5-d1cf06a7e093
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref626

Newspaper Clippings

Container:
Box 43, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1951 - 1951
1988 - 1988
1985
1976 - 1976
1953
1998 - 1998
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
See more items in:
Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep886882556-ea22-49f9-95b4-8396a5b140f4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref627

Personal

Container:
Box 43, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1982 - 1983
1975 - 1975
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88eb22908-53f4-4142-9dcf-6cf920822270
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref628

Photographs

Container:
Box 43, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
See more items in:
Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d6e3789e-91c1-4dab-ba5f-886680463436
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref630

Printed Material

Container:
Box 43, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983
1994 - 1994
1999 - 1999
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
See more items in:
Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep859741afd-f96c-4870-bb60-4c615a94cfb2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref631

Photographs and Drawings

Container:
Box 43, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
See more items in:
Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89d0f244b-bede-4383-8aee-efba435b0890
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref632

Slides

Container:
Box 43, Folder 11-12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
See more items in:
Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 8: Mace, Ronald L.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep851b31f00-2d61-4f95-8e7a-0b3ce9497753
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref633

Disability Reference Collection

Names:
United States (Title of work: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.)  Search this
Brody, Irwin Lee, 1926-1997  Search this
Hindson, Edna R.  Search this
Mace, Ronald L.  Search this
Former owner:
Davis, Audrey B.  Search this
Donor:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Extent:
40 Cubic feet (89 boxes, 2 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic discs (dvds)
Newspaper clippings
Photographs
Valentines
Videocassettes
Date:
1853-2015
Summary:
This collection consists of archival materials compiled by National Museum of American History Curator Katherine Ott, on numerous subjects relating to disability and the rights of the disabled.
Scope and Contents:
The Disability Reference Collection represents a range of research materials acquired by curators Audrey Davis (1967-1996) and Katherine Ott (2002- ) and Janice Majewski (1978-2001), the first director of the Smithsonian's Accessibility Program in support of their collecting and exhibition work in the Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History.

Material includes scholarly and popular articles, advertisements, product literature, clippings, schematics, photographs, audio, video, and ephemera. Some materials were sent to Davis and Ott by members of the general public who heard about their work; others were purchased by Ott at flea markets and on e-Bay.

Combined with associated Archives Center collections and objects housed in the curatorial divisions at NMAH, this collection constitutes one of the largest and most significant sources on American disability history. It is especially strong in accessibility policy documents from the early days of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its implementation, and product trade literature of the 1980s and 1990s. The collection also has a rich selection of newsletters and magazines published for various disability sectors, such as the Toomey J Gazette on polio and Mainstream.

Each series represents a subject or type of material. Researchers should look across all series when examining a topic or type of material. For example, trade literature items for the disabled person are found not only in the dedicated series, but also in series specific to a particular disability (i.e. Blindness: Aids and Appliances). Another example is material on polio. Researchers should look in the dedicated series, but also in Series 9: Edna Hindson's Scrapbooks and Series 8: Ron Mace.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seventeen series.

Series 1: Blindness, 1945-2001

Series 2: Hearing, 1855-2009

Series 3: Polio, 1925-2008

Series 4: Universal Design, 1962-2006

Series 5: Subject Files, 1863-2008

Series 6: Americans with Disabilities Act: 1968-2015, undated

Series 7: Brody, Lee/TTY, 1941-2001

Series 8: Mace, Ron, 1950-1990

Series 9: Hindson, Edna R., 1946-1954, 1991, 2003

Series 10: Lindahl, Lisa, 1988-2002, undated

Series 11: Wheelchairs, 1853-2007

Series 12: Arizonans for Safe and Equal Access to Transportation, 1987-1992

Series 13: Printed Material, 1959-2013

Series 14: Trade Literature, 1971-2013

Series 15: Newspaper Clippings, 1973-2000

Series 16: Ephemera, 1866-2011, undated

Series 17: Audio Visual Materials, 1979-2005
Historical Note:
The Disability Reference Collection represents a range of research materials [primarily] acquired by curators Audrey Davis (1967-1996) and Katherine Ott (2002-) in support of their collecting and exhibition work in the Divison of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The collection also contains material acquired by Janice Majewski (1978-2001), the first director of the Smithsonian's Accessibility Program. Additional materials have been added since the collection was transferred to the Archives Center.

Audrey Davis (1934-2006) was a NMAH curator from 1967 to 1996. Her interest and expertise in rehabilitation medicine, including prosthetics and orthotics, led to important three-dimensional collections in the Division of Medicine and Science. Davis did a series of showcases on such topics as hearing aids, artificial noses, and a large exhibition in 1973 entitled Triumph over Disability: the Development of Rehabilitation Medicine in the U.S.A., for the 50th anniversary of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. The exhibition was dedicated to Mary Elizabeth Switzer, an influential figure in the field. Katherine Ott joined the Division in 2001 as a permanent curator and broadened research to include pan-disability issues. Ott led exhibitions on the history of maxillofacial surgery (About Faces, 1998), The Disability Rights Movement (2000-2002), polio (Whatever Happened to Polio?, 2005-2006), HIV and Aids Thirty Years Ago (2011-2012); general disability history (EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America, 2013), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25, 2015). Ott received a grant in 2000 from NMAH's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to study the history of Universal Design; this included the collection of supporting materials.

Janice Majewski was the first director of the Smithsonian's Accessibility Program. Her tenure lasted from 1978 to 2001. She gathered background on museums and accessibility, followed current events, consulted on museum projects around the United States, and received a constant flow of product literature from vendors hoping for a Smithsonian contract. Most of the assistive technology brochures, policy papers, and gray literature on accessibility came from her office.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Kevin M. Tuohy Papers (NMAH.AC.0317)

Milton S. Wirtz, D.D.S., Artificial Eye Collection (NMAH.AC.0501)

Van Phillips Video Oral History and Papers (NMAH.AC.0859)

Safko International, Inc. Records (NMAH.AC.0911)

Hariett Green Kopp Papers (NMAH.AC.1130)

Division of Science, Medicine and Society HIV/AIDS Reference Collection (NMAH.AC.1134)

Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers (NMAH.AC.1356)
Materials at Other Organizations

Rochester Institute for Technology Collections

Lee Brody TTY Collection, circa 1969-1989

Collection of TTY (text telephone) equipment, business records, posters, and awards relating to telecommunications pioneer Lee Brody. TTY phones allow the deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to use the telephone to communicate.

Gallaudet University Library Deaf Collections and Archives

The Harry G. Lang Collection on Early TTY History, 1947-1999

Collection of correspondence, news clippings, technical data, and other materials documenting the invention and first 15 years of the phone teletypewriter for the deaf.

North Carolina State University Libraries

Ronald L. Mace Papers, 1974-1998

Collection of correspondence, project reports, architectural drawings, videos, and publications.
Provenance:
The core of the collection was assembled by curators Audrey Davis (1967-1996) and Katherine Ott (2002-) in support of their collecting and exhibition work in the Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History. The collection also contains material acquired by Janice Majewski, the first director of the Smithsonian's Accessibility Program. Additional materials have been added since the collection was transferred to the Archives Center.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
barrier-free design  Search this
Blindness  Search this
Deafness  Search this
Disabilities  Search this
Down syndrome  Search this
Epilepsy  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Hearing impaired  Search this
Medicine -- 1970-2000  Search this
Newspapers -- 20th century  Search this
Poliomyelitis  Search this
People with disabilities  Search this
Telecommunication  Search this
wheelchairs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic discs (DVDs)
Newspaper clippings
Photographs -- 20th century
Valentines
Videocassettes
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1319
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Disability Reference Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep866be04ff-bd47-44d3-b300-370876d6b4e8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1319
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