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Edward Scouten papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0035

Scope and Contents

The Edward Scouten papers includes his published papers, lectures, research, curriculum plans, correspondence, awards, and collected books, and give a broad overview of his professional life. Topics covered include his service in the United States Army Medical Department in World War II as well as his teaching career at Rochester School for the Deaf, Gallaudet, Louisiana and Florida Schools for the Deaf, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. A lesser amount of material covers Scouten's personal life. This includes photographs and his life after he retired in 1985.


  • Creation: 1914-1988


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Scouten was a teacher, author and lifelong educator of the deaf. Scouten taught for twenty years at Gallaudet University, was principal at the Louisiana and Florida Schools for the Deaf, and then taught English at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). While at NTID, Scouten wrote his seminal text, Turning Points in the Education of Deaf People. He retired from NTID in 1985. Edward Scouten died of heart failure April 25, 2004 in Adamstown, Maryland. He was 89.

To honor his memory, the Scouten Endowed Internship was established at RIT. A one week endowed internship in English literacy is awarded to English teachers of deaf middle or high school students. Honorees are awarded a stipend and learn techniques from NTID faculty for promoting English literacy skills for deaf and hard of hearing students in preparation for college.


4.3 Linear Feet (3 File boxes, 2 Document boxes, 1 Oversize folder)




Collection materials are roughly arranged by subject.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelves 219-220

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 08:17, 08:18, 08:21, 09:86

The Edward Scouten papers were gifted to the Deaf Studies Archive in multiple accessions, 2008-2009 by his wife, Eleanor Scouten.


Materials are added to this collection as they become available from Mrs. Scouten.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

Edward Scouten papers
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Amy Vilz
11 October 2011
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Revision Statements

  • January 2021: multilevel description added from inventory by Gigi Ye

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA