MSS 50
Fusfeld, Irving S.,1893-1977
Papers of Irving S. Fusfeld, 1920-1972

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 50
Title: Papers of Irving S. Fusfeld, 1920-1989
Quantity: 10.0 Linear Feet (20 document boxes)
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 6.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:
Processed by: Carielyn Kelly. 1984 November 14.
Processing Note:
Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.

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Deaf Film

  • [Dr. Irving S. Fusfeld] [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 160-4
  • New scenes on Kendall Green [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 49-4, 419-4
  • [Deaf Minister Signed a Song] [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 188-4 
  • Psychology, educational psychology [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 135-4


  • Papers of Irving Fusfeld, 1922-1944. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 128
  • Papers of Cecile Leban Fusfeld, 193[?]-1947. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 11


  • Irving S. Fusfeld [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits.
  • Photograph album of Frances Margaret Parsons [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 85


  • Alta W. Patterson Domich, 1960. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS
  • Nancy Hutchinson, 1953. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS
  • Alice Armstrong Kent, 1938. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Vertical Files

  • Irving S. Fusfeld. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

1893 Irving Fusfeld was born on November 5th, in New York, N.Y.
1915 He received B.S. degree from Columbia University.
1915-1916 Fusfeld quickly took the Normal Training course at Gallaudet College following his graduation.
 1916 The next year he became a member of the college staff and an instructor until he eventually achieved the rank of professor in psychology and in education.
1917-1918 Fusfeld was hired as an assistant editor of the American Annals of the Deaf.
1920-1943 For 23 years he worked as Editor of the American Annals of the Deaf .
1921 At this time Fusfeld received M.A. degree from Gallaudet College.
1924-1925 Fusfeld was also involved as a field investigator in a nation-wide survey of schools for the Deaf. He co-authored with Dr. Rudolph Pintner the Survey of American Schools for the Deaf.
1928 The Survey of American Schools for the Deaf was published.
1938 Fusfeld was appointed as the first director of the Gallaudet College Research Department.
1939 The following year he was appointed as the first dean of the Gallaudet College.
1943 After 23 years Fusfeld resigned as Editor of the American Annals of the Deaf.
1946 Fusfeld received an honorary doctorate from Gallaudet College.
1953 Seven years later he was appointed as Vice-President of Gallaudet College.
1955 Fusfeld also became a member of the White House Conference on Education.
1956 A year later he was selected "Man of the Year" by the Alpha Sigma Pi Fraternity, Gallaudet College Chapter. That same year he retired as Vice President of Gallaudet College.
1960 At the California School for the deaf in Berkeley he served for several years as staff psychologist. Fusfeld retired this same year.
1974 Fusfeld was conferred Vice-President Emeritus from Gallaudet College.
1977 Irving S. Fusfeld died on March 8 at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Scope and Content

The Irving Fusfeld Collection consists of letters, manuscripts, articles, and addresses written by Dr. Irving S. Fusfeld. During the fifty years he served the deaf. Dr. Fusfeld functioned in various capacities including Professor, Vice President and Dean, all at Gallaudet College, Editor of the American Annals of the Deaf, Director of Research at Gallaudet College, Field Investigator of the National Research Council, and Psychologist at the Berkeley School for the Deaf.

The collection, which consists of approximately 19,500 pages of manuscript, dates from 1920-1972. The bulk of the collection consists of material collected while serving as editor to the American Annals of the Deaf, 1920-1966.

Included in the Annals series are letters to and from Fusfeld regarding articles to be published, articles to be researched, comments on articles, and Fusfeld's research. Also included are bank statements, cancelled check receipts, and expenditures.

Prior to being Editor of the Annals, Fusfeld began his career in deafness as a Professor at Gallaudet College. Lecture notes, class notes, and letters written while teaching at Gallaudet can be found in the collection.

In addition to teaching at Gallaudet, Fusfeld was a member of the Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf. Fusfeld was instrumental in establishing accreditation standards for schools for the deaf. Letters relating to certification requirements and standards, as well as committee minutes, applications, and financial documents have been kept in the Fusfeld collection.

In 1938 Fusfeld became director of the Research Center at Gallaudet. In 1940, he surveyed various schools for the Deaf to establish standards and to obtain a gauge for progress. Included in this series are data sheets, class records, teacher evaluations and questionnaires from the Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas Schools for the Deaf. The bulk of these materials are dated 1940.

Dr. Fusfeld became Dean of Gallaudet in 1939 and served Kendall Green in that capacity until 1952. As Dean, Fusfeld initiated the re-organization of Gallaudet's curriculum, to provide for areas of concentration, which later developed into departmentalization. While dean, Fusfeld kept records and letters related to the curriculum, entrance exams, and letters for discipline to students.

Also, as Dean then as Vice President of Gallaudet, Fusfeld wrote numerous articles and addresses. Topics include: occupational conditions of the deaf, counseling the deaf, problems in deaf education, and psychological aspects of deafness. These and other articles dating from 1940-1966 are included in the collection.

The final series of the collection consists of personal manuscripts of Dr. Fusfeld. Included are letters from family members, awards and certificates, and personal legal documents.

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