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Barrier-Free Design for the Disabled

Container:
Box 21, Folder 15
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.
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Disability Reference Collection
Disability Reference Collection / Series 4: Universal Design
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87bbf4113-ccf4-4ee6-85d2-f71024797ee1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref264

Airport Terminals and the Physically Handicapped. The President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. Committee on Barrier Free Design

Container:
Box 21, Folder 3
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 4: Universal Design
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e42d7b59-6e94-401f-9905-f446755c5ecc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1319-ref254

Mobility, Comfort and Style – Designing for the Disabled in Victorian America

Creator:
Smithsonian Libraries  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:00:03 +0000
Topic:
Library science  Search this
See more posts:
Smithsonian Libraries / Unbound
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_ed5f9f83835d65f21842003c9e6ccb04

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
See more items in:
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
Online Media:

Jim Mayo Demonstrates Silk-screening

Author:
Capilongo, Chris  Search this
Subject:
Mayo, James (Jim)  Search this
District of Columbia Association for Retarded Citizens  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group
Date:
c.1985
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Accessibility  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Museums--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
2003-19557
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8916

Ted Juchno

Author:
Ploskonka, Jeffrey  Search this
Subject:
Juchno, Thaddeus (Ted)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1981
Topic:
Accessibility  Search this
Locksmiths  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Disabilities  Search this
People with disabilities  Search this
Elevators  Search this
Museums and people with disabilities  Search this
Standard number:
81-13659-2
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9015

Hirshhorn Museum Docents

Author:
Stalsworth, Lee  Search this
Subject:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
c. 1986
Topic:
Trusty, Laurie  Search this
Miller, Dorothy  Search this
Bieliauskas, Diana  Search this
Women  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Accessibility  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Museums and visually handicapped  Search this
Art objects  Search this
Standard number:
97-9605
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8962

Museums for all? : conference proceedings 1992

Title:
GEM, 1992 conference proceedings
Author:
Museums for all Conference (1992 : Newcastle upon Tyne, England)  Search this
Stevenson, John  Search this
Group for Education in Museums  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
England
Date:
1993
[1993?]
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museum buildings--Barrier-free design  Search this
Call number:
AM2 .M98 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468847

Filming in the Sculpture Garden

Author:
Long, Eric  Search this
Subject:
Pilgrim, Dianne H  Search this
Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1991
Topic:
Accessibility  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Museums and people with disabilities  Search this
Sculpture gardens  Search this
Statues  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Art museum directors  Search this
Disabilities  Search this
People with disabilities  Search this
Standard number:
91-7908-12
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10155

Filming for Accessibility Video

Author:
Minor-Penland, Laurie  Search this
Subject:
Hiller, John  Search this
Sakaley, Mark  Search this
Fitzpatrick, John  Search this
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education  Search this
National Medical Enterprises  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1986
Topic:
Accessibility  Search this
Volunteers  Search this
Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Public programs  Search this
Disabilities  Search this
People with disabilities  Search this
Event  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Museums and people with disabilities  Search this
Motion pictures  Search this
Standard number:
86-12326-6
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9002

Adaptive Mobility Oral History Project Collection

Manufacturer:
Braun Corporation  Search this
Inventor:
Braun, Ralph W.  Search this
Extent:
4.4 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Oral history
Date:
2014
Arrangement:
Collecion organized into one series.

Series 1: Oral History Interviews, 2014
Provenance:
Made for the Smithsonian Institution by Mark Mullen, contractor, NMAH Division of Work and Industry, supervised by Roger White, curator, NMAH Division of Work and Industry. Transferred to the Archives Center, June 2015,
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Researchers must use reference copies available in the Smithsonian Institution Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). Archives Center reference staff will assist.
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 apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
barrier-free design  Search this
Blindness  Search this
Cartographic materials for people with visual disabilities  Search this
Disabilities  Search this
Self-help devices for people with disabilities  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority  Search this
wheelchairs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Oral history -- 2010-2020
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1359
See more items in:
Adaptive Mobility Oral History Project Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a7000498-97d3-4113-9293-bc715fc29cec
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1359

Restoration and Renovation Records

Creator::
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution). Department of Design and Production  Search this
Extent:
14 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1984-2006
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of two series and documents the Department of Design and Production's role in restoration and renovation projects at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). Series 1 consists of records documenting miscellaneous projects involving conservation lab ventilation, lighting, the courtyard fountain, exterior stone and window restoration, and roof replacement. Series 2 consists of records documenting the Patent Office Building (POB) renovation and enhancement. This series contains extensive documentation of the development and planning work that went into the renovation and enhancement of the POB. Such aspects of this process include materials related to the movement of personnel and labs into the Victor Building, accessibility issues, work on museum shops, historic preservation, landscape planning, lighting, open storage cases, off-site storage facilities, exterior window and stone restoration, and the courtyard roof. Key people involved in this process include Stephen di Girolamo, POB Project Director, and Nello Marconi, Chief of Design and Production. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, meeting minutes, chronologic files, architectural drawings, floor plans, schematics, maps, drawings, color photographs, and black-and-white photographs.
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Portraits, American  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration  Search this
Architecture and the physically handicapped  Search this
Museum buildings -- Barrier-free design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-061, National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution), Department of Design and Production, Restoration and Renovation Records
Identifier:
Accession 07-061
See more items in:
Restoration and Renovation Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa07-061

Anacostia Community Museum Closes for Renovation

Subject:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
District of Columbia Public Library  Search this
A Right to the City (Exhibition) (Apr 21, 2018 - Apr 20, 2020: Anacostia Community Museum)  Search this
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
March 15, 2019
Topic:
Buildings  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Libraries  Search this
Renovations  Search this
Closings  Search this
Accessibility  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14890

Roll It! Creating an Entrance Ramp

Publisher:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Language:
English
Object type:
Lesson Plan
Date created:
2010-01-27 00:00:00
Topic:
Arts  Search this
Design  Search this
Pythagoras  Search this
Pythagorean  Search this
Accessibility  Search this
Typical age range 14-16  Search this
Typical age range 16-18  Search this
Data source:
SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SCLDA_876

School Redesign and Multiple Intelligences

Publisher:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Language:
English
Object type:
Lesson Plan
Date created:
2009-10-23 00:00:00
Topic:
Arts  Search this
Design  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Social Sciences  Search this
Accessibility  Search this
Learning  Search this
Intelligence  Search this
Typical age range 14-16  Search this
Typical age range 16-18  Search this
Data source:
SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SCLDA_880

Slippery Slope

Publisher:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Language:
English
Object type:
Lesson Plan
Date created:
2009-01-15 00:00:00
Topic:
Arts  Search this
Design  Search this
Accessibility  Search this
Algebra  Search this
Measurement  Search this
Typical age range 14-16  Search this
Typical age range 16-18  Search this
Data source:
SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SCLDA_886

Vision Disorder

Publisher:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Language:
English
Object type:
Lesson Plan
Date created:
2009-07-23 00:00:00
Topic:
Arts  Search this
Design  Search this
Science  Search this
Medicine - Health  Search this
Accessibility  Search this
Typical age range 14-16  Search this
Typical age range 16-18  Search this
Data source:
SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SCLDA_943

Exhibition and Facility Review Files

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Accessibility Program  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1995-1999
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the review of Smithsonian Institution exhibition and facility plans for visitor and staff accessibility. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, drawings, and related materials.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums and people with disabilities  Search this
Museum buildings -- Barrier-free design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-084, Smithsonian Institution, Accessibility Program, Exhibition and Facility Review Files
Identifier:
Accession 06-084
See more items in:
Exhibition and Facility Review Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa06-084

Exhibition and Facility Review Files

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Accessibility Program  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1973-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the review of Smithsonian Institution exhibition and facility plans for visitor and staff accessibility. Some files also pertain to museum brochures or staff training. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, drawings, and related materials. Some materials pre-date the establishment of the Accessibility Program.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums and people with disabilities  Search this
Museum buildings -- Barrier-free design  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Employees -- Training of  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-290, Smithsonian Institution, Accessibility Program, Exhibition and Facility Review Files
Identifier:
Accession 05-290
See more items in:
Exhibition and Facility Review Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-290

Exhibition and Facility Review Files

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Accessibility Program  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Architectural drawings
Date:
1979-1999
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the review of Smithsonian Institution exhibition, facility, publication, and event plans for visitor and staff accessibility. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, drawings, background information and related materials.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums and people with disabilities  Search this
Museum buildings -- Barrier-free design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-085, Smithsonian Institution, Accessibility Program, Exhibition and Facility Review Files
Identifier:
Accession 06-085
See more items in:
Exhibition and Facility Review Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa06-085

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