Ahira Webster diary and papers
Scope and Contents
Ahira Webster papers includes a diary from 1849-50, with daily entries describing Webster's life at the New York Institute for the Deaf and Dumb and news of events and people in the United States during this period, particularly about abolitionism and other political issues of the time. Also included is a 3 x 5 inch index card with a brief biography of Ahira George Webster, a June 15, 1899 issue of Deaf-Mutes Journal, the 1849 Annual Report and Documents of the New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, and a photocopied portrait of Webster in middle age by photographer C. O. Mason of Fredonia, N.Y.
- 1849-1850, 1899
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This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
Ahira G. Webster (1829-1906), born in Fredonia, New York, was a deaf student at the New-York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb in White Plains, NY. He married Olive Matoon in 1857 and had three children Carl, Emma, and Fay. He kept a diary while a student at the Institute from 1849-50.
1 Linear Feet (1 clam shell box)
Ahira Webster papers contains a personal diary, photocopy of a portrait of Ahira Webster, a short biography, a copy of an 1899 issue of Deaf-Mutes Journal, and an 1849 annual report and documents of the New-York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb.
The collection is arranged by material type.
C.S. North, Shelf 234
Other Finding Aids
In addition to this finding aid, a digital copy of the diary is available. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.
Ahira Webster diary
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Aneita Van Horn in October 2012. Accession number(s): 2012:070
Diary is fragile and brittle. Hard-bound cover is detached from spine. Pages are in good condition and handwriting is quite legible.
Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in November 2012.
- Ahira Webster diary and papers
- RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
- Jody Sidlauskas
- 27 November 2012
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