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Frank Ackerman Papers, 1942-1972 (C3443)
14.2 cubic feet (958 folders), 2 audio discs

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The Frank Ackerman Papers contain extensive documentation of his work on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities in Missouri. This includes his research materials on services offered to people with intellectual disabilities nationwide and his work for various organizations in Missouri. A lesser amount of material covers his farming business in Pike County, Missouri, and the funeral of Viola Ackerman. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, printed materials, organizational records, and handwritten notes.

 

 

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"Adventures in Silence," Howard Leslie Terry, 1932 (C1271)
0.08 cubic feet (1 volume)

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A novel about a deaf man.

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Blind Boone Heritage Foundation Collection, 1880s-1900s, 1960s-2014 (CA6088)
3 cubic feet, 1 audio disc, 1 audio tape, 2 jpgs

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Materials pertaining to musicians John W. "Blind" Boone and "Blind" Thomas Green Wiggins Bethune. Includes biographical material, publicity items, contracts, correspondence, clippings, programs, royalty statements, photographs, piano rolls, sheet music, and audio recordings. Also contains material on the foundation's Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, including grant material.

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Blind Boone Memorial Foundation, Inc. Papers, 1886-1976 (C3664)
0.4 cubic feet

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Included in this collection are some of the compositions of John William "Blind" Boone, a musician and composer of classical and ragtime music. Also included are orchestrations and choral arrangements of Boone's music, correspondence, programs, and posters from a memorial concert in 1961. Correspondence concerning recovery of Boone's piano and posters and tickets from some Boone concerts are also part of the collection.

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John William "Blind" Boone and Wesley Boone Papers, no date (C2883)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Publicity poster announcing the appearance of Blind Boone in Columbia, MO. Program of piano concert of Little Blind Wesley, nephew of Blind Boone.

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Cape Girardeau County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. Records, 1937-1989 (R1413)
1 cubic foot (14 folders, 1 volume)

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The Cape Girardeau County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. Records contain the records for the Cape Girardeau County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. a location of the National Easter Seal Society originally known as the National Society for Crippled Children.

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Daybreak Residential Treatment Center Records, 1980-1991 (CA6635)
0.1 cubic feet

Constitution, by-laws, incorporation papers, and minutes of a community-based non-profit founded in 1980 in Columbia, Missouri, to provide residential and other therapeutic services to persons with mental illness.

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Disabled American Veterans of the World War, Chapter No. 9 (Columbia, Mo.) Scrapbook, 1922-1923 (CA6364)
0.2 cubic feet

The scrapbook of a chapter organized by A.J. Westing includes history of the organization, photographs, writings, and clippings, 1922-1923.

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Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis Records, 1955-2019 (S0270)
1 cubic foot, 20 folders

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Founded in 1970, Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (DSAGLS) seeks to benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families through individual and family support, education, and public awareness. This collection consists of meeting minutes, financial statements, newsletters, brochures, and newspaper clippings. It also contains legal materials pertaining to Merry vs. Parkway School District, a legal case that DSAGLS participated in during the 1980s and 1990s that involved Parkway School District refusing to give proper education to students with disabilities.

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Eugene Field Foundation (St. Louis, Mo.) Minute Book, 1928-1931 (C1100)
0.02 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Records of an organization founded for the relief of children with disabilities.

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LifeBridge Partnership Records, 1952-2021 (S0280)
2 cubic feet, 1.9 GB

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The LifeBridge Partnership Records contain meeting minutes, newsletters, photographs, and histories documenting its mission to help individuals with disabilities become independent and active members in their communities. Materials of interest include a feasibility and need analysis commissioned by LifeBridge in 1983 to evaluate and recommend a centralized recreational facility for the St. Louis Region’s disability community. Also included in the collection are LifeBridge Partnership's born-digital files, including board meeting minutes and resolutions, newsletters, and strategic plans. Topics of interest consist of LifeBridge's reevaluation of its mission, name, and logo; program support services, including transportation services for clients; and LifeBridge's updated health policies and fundraising strategies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The materials in this collection date from 1952 to 2020.

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Missouri Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb (Fulton, Mo.) Report, 1851 (C2080)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The collection contains a report on the organization, facilities, regulations, and proper pupils of the asylum at Fulton.

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Paraquad Records, 1981-2002 (S0956)
17 cubic feet

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The Paraquad Records contain correspondence, grant files, legislative materials, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the organization's mission to help people with disabilities to live independently in the St. Louis area.

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Howard A. Rusk Papers, 1937-1991 (C3981)
24 cubic feet (888 folders), 13 audio tapes, 23 audio cassettes, 1 video tape, 7 video cassettes

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The papers of Howard A. Rusk, who developed the field of rehabilitation medicine, include correspondence, photographs, writings, publicity clippings, photographs, speeches, and other materials documenting his work in the field.

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Laura Redden Searing Papers, 1846-1963 (C2290)
4.0 cubic feet (142 folders)

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The papers of Laura Redden Searing, a poet and author whose works appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and Searing’s writings.  Also included are correspondence, publicity clippings, and photographs of Searing’s daughter, Elsa Searing McGinn.

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Weathers Family Papers, 1920s-2000s (CA6216)
32 cubic feet, 3 audio tapes

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Addition of family papers, primarily from Gene Weathers of Fayette, Missouri. Includes correspondence and teaching materials for the blind.

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R.P.C. Wilson II Papers, 1910-1939 (C1040)
1.9 cubic feet (210 folders)

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Correspondence and papers of a doctor who specialized in the treatment of the "feebleminded" and epileptic who was superintendent of the Missouri State Colony for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic in Marshall, Missouri, from 1912-1920, 1933-1940, and 1949-1953. The institution is now called the Marshall Habilitation Center.

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