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Booth, Frank Walworth, 1855-1938

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1855 - 1938

Frank Walworth Booth was born on July 27, 1885 in Anamosa, Iowa. Both of his parents were deaf. He attended Iowa State College, graduating in 1877 after which he taught there for two years. In 1879, Booth accepted a teaching positions at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, beginning a career of service to the deaf. In 1883, he moved on to the Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, where he met his wife Marion Elizabeth Hendershot. In 1899, Booth became General Secretary of the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf where he also edited and published "The Association Review." In 1906, he and the Association moved to Washington, DC. He left the Association in 1908 to become Superintendent of the Volta Bureau, a position he held for three years. In 1911, Booth accepted the Superintendency of the Nebraska School for the Deaf in Omaha where he stayed until his retirement in 1936. In recognition of his work, Dartmouth College bestowed an honorary degree on him in 1932. Booth died in 1938.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Frank W. Booth papers

MS-707
 Collection
Identifier: MS-707
Overview Fank Walworth Booth (1855-1938), educator. The collection contains papers relating to his career as a teacher and educator of the deaf, farming and farm management in South Dakota, and experiments in teaching methods for the deaf.