Manuscripts

MSS 107
Hughes, Regina Olson, 1895 -1993
Papers of Regina Olson Hughes, 1914-1982


Gallaudet University Archives


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 107
Creator:
Title: Papers of Regina Olson Hughes, 1914-1982.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Abstract:
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 13.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Estate of Regina Olson Hughes donated her collection to The Gallaudet University Deaf Archives in 1993.
Processed by: Tan Nguyen and Thomas Strunk. 2000 October 26.
Processing Note:
Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.


Related Material in the Archives:

Films

  • Dedication of Hughes Memorial Gymnasium (II) [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 403-4
  • Troy Hill [motion picture] Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 50-4

Photographs

  • Regina O. Hughes [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits
  • Photograph album of Ellen Pearson Stewart [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 87
  • Photograph album of Harry Wroth Hetzler [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 83
  • Photograph album of Henry J. Pulver [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 74
  • Photograph album of Effie Anna Weseen Anderson [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 59
  • Photograph album of Ellen Pearson Stewart [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 98, AL 99

SMSS

  • Albert Berke, 1956-1959. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Vertical Files

  • Regina O. Hughes. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

Born February 1, 1895 in Herman, Nebraska. She grew up drawing pictures. She lost hearing when her family doctor poured sweet oil down her ears for her earache, losing it completely at age 13. She learned lip-reading out of necessity on her own as she went through public schools and hearing family. Her family punished her whenever she did not pay attention to any hearing people talking to her. She went to art schools while growing up. She went to Gallaudet College, graduating in 1918. That's where she met her husband, Frederick Hughes while he was a teacher, she a student. They got married in 1923.

Regina Olson Hughes knows four Romance languages, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. So, she got a job translating for State Department. After a variety of jobs as a translator, she got a job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a botanical artist, illustrating hundreds of pictures of plants. That's where she got her fame. She had her drawings of plant published in botanical books all over the world. She had her work exhibited in many galleries, including Smithsonian. In honor of her accomplishments, she got a species of orchid in her honor, hughesia reginae. She received an honorary doctorate from Gallaudet in 1967. She died from cardiovascular disorder on August 12, 1993.

Scope and Content

This collection is composed primarily of correspondence, letters, books, pamphlets, and illustrations of Regina Olson Hughes.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

 
Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Correspondence 1960-1982
1 2 Letters 1962, n.d.
1 3 School Report & Invitation Card 1914, 1978
1 4 Books & Pamphlet 1942-1962
1 5 Illustrated Plate of Agrostis Seeds 1948
1 6 Illustrated Plate of Fescues 1949
1 7 Illustrated Plate of Agropyron Seeds 1950
1 8 Various Illustrated Plates of Seeds 1944-1946
1 9 Various Illustrated Plates of Seeds 1948-1952 & n.d.
1 10 Index to 15-Plate Set of Drawings of Seeds 1945