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Claude and Helen Samuelson papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITDSA-0028

Scope and Contents

The Claude and Helen Samuelson papers includes documentation regarding the Rochester Civic Association of the Deaf, and its successor organization, Empire Sate Association of the Deaf. Materials include reports, convention program books, and correspondence. Folder list below.

Collection inventory

Folder 1
ESAD biennial convention program books, 1977, 1975, 1973, 1971, 1969, 1948
Folder 2
Information on housing for senior citizen and elderly deaf citizens, 1974
Folder 3
Information on Rochester Civic Association of the deaf, 1974; Facilities for senior citizens advisory committee-correspondence, report
Folder 4
Photocopies of promotional materials from Stromberg-Carlson about Vistaphone
Folder 5
Correspondence: The Origin of Empire State Association of the Deaf, Inc., undated; National Association of the Deaf Movie films presented to the Edward Miner Gallaudet Memorial Library, April 9, 1965; Letter to Mr. Henry Buzzard, Archivist New York School for the Deaf from Gail Wilson, NTID, Sept. 29, 1987; Letter to "Librarian" from Helen Samuelson, Nov. 1988; RIT Office memo to Barbara Ray from Gail, 1/6/1989, re: Deaf Heritage Center


  • Creation: 1948-1989


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Claude Samuelson was born November 12, 1898 in Jamestown, New York. He attended the Rochester School for the Deaf. After graduating, he worked for Delco Appliance, where he worked for forty years. He died November 9, 1994 at age 95. Helen Samuleson was born March 3, 1904. Both she and Claude were active in the Deaf community and worked with the Rochester Civic Association of the Deaf and the Empire State Association of the Deaf. Helen died on March 15, 1997 at age 93.


.25 Linear Feet (1 half document box)




Correspondence, promotional materials, and convention programs related to Claude and Helen Samuelson's work with the Rochester Civic Association of the Deaf and the Empire State Association of the Deaf.


Materials are arranged by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 2009:84

The Claude and Helen Samuelson papers were gifted to the National Institute of the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology in November 1988 by Helen Samuelson. The papers were transferred to the Deaf Studies Archive in 2009.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011. Revised by Ella von Holtum in May 2020.

Claude and Helen Samuelson papers
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Amy Vilz
10 October 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA