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Harry Lang collection on Edmund Booth

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: RITDSA-0055

Scope and Contents

The Harry Lang collection on Edmund Booth mainly consists of photocopies of research material Lang used in writing his book, Edmund Booth: Deaf Pioneer. Materials include correspondence, clippings, and remembrances from Booth family members. Topics include biographical information, town of Anamosa, Iowa, and the California Gold Rush.


  • Creation: circa 2000-2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

There is one folder of reproduced Booth documents from Dartmouth College. These cannot be copied without the granted permission of Dartmouth.

Biographical Information: Harry Lang and Edmund Booth

About Harry Lang

Dr. Harry Lang attended the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, earned a BS in Physics from Bethany College, MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and his doctorate in Education from the University of Rochester. Lang has taught at National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) since 1969, first in the Physics Department, and later as a faculty member in the Master of Science Program in Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

He is also a prolific author, including Edmund Booth: A Deaf Pioneer, Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story, and Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary (co-authored with Bonnie Meath-Lang). The dictionary includes 150 biographies of deaf scientists, artists, engineers, actors, writers, poets, and other professionals. In 2006, Lang was awarded the Rochester Institute of Technology Trustees Scholarship Award in recognition of establishing an outstanding record of academic scholarship.

About Edmund Booth

Edmund Booth was born August 24, 1810. At age five, he lost partial sight and his hearing from illness. He attended the Connecticut School for the Deaf, eventually teaching at the school for five years. From there he travelled to Iowa and helped found the town of Anamosa. Booth left Iowa to seek his fortune in the California Gold Rush in 1849. In 1854 he returned to Anamosa and bought the local newspaper, The Anamosa Eureka. Not only did Booth own the paper, he served as writer and editor as well.

Booth was also a passionate advocate for educating deaf children, and he was heavily influential in the establishment of the Iowa State School for the Deaf and the National Association of the Deaf. Edmund Booth died in Anamosa, Iowa in 1905.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 carton)




The Harry Lang collection on Edmund Booth consists of Lang's research files used in writing his book, Edmund Booth: Deaf Pioneer.


Collection is roughly arranged by subject.

Other Finding Aids

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Harry Lang collection on Edmund Booth

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 07:90

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

Harry Lang collection on Edmund Booth
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Amy Vilz
24 October 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA