Manuscripts

MSS 24
Peet, Elizabeth, 1874-1961
Papers of Elizabeth Peet, 1900-1958
 
Gallaudet University Archives
 


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 24
Creator:
Title: Papers of Elizabeth Peet, 1900-1958.
Quantity: 3.5 Linear Feet (7 document boxes)
Abstract: Elizabeth Peet (1874-1961), was a professor and Dean of women at Gallaudet College. Peet was considered one of the foremost experts on Sign Language and frequently interpreted activities on Kendall Green.
Note: This document last updated 2005 September 27.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Elizabeth Peet gave her papers to the library in 1958.
Processed by:
Carie Lyn Kelly. 13 September 1984.
Processing Note: None.
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

  • Legends of Dr. Elizabeth Peet [videorecording]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf video 51
  • [David Peikoff, Elizabeth Peet and Earl Maczkowke [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 161-4
  • Classroom scenes 1949-1952 [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 46-4
  • Gallaudet alumni reunion [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 210-4
  • Address by Dr. Elizabeth Peet [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 292-4
  • Dr. Elizabeth Peet ; Dean of Women, Gallaudet College [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 33-4
  • 75th Anniversary celebration, Gallaudet College, June 1939 [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 132-4, 437-4
  • [Scenes at Gallaudet College] [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 20-8, 52-8

Deaf Rare

  • The Philology of the Sign Language by Elizabeth Peet. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Rare
  • Our Hall of Fame by Elizabeth Peet. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Rare
  • Gallaudet College : Seventy-five Years of Higher Education for the Deaf by Elizabeth Peet. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Rare

SMSS

  • Papers, Elizabeth Peet, 1953. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Vertical Files

  • Elizabeth Peet. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical
  • Peet Hall. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Gallaudetiana
  • Hall of Fame. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Gallaudetiana

Photographs

  • Elizabeth Peet [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits

Museum Artifacts

  • Golf Bag
  • Graduation Cap and Gown

Biographical Sketch

Peet was born on 26 March 1874 in New York City. In 1890, she passed the entrance exam at Harvard University then taught at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf for a year (1899-1900). In 1900, she was invited to join the faculty at Gallaudet College at the request of Edward Miner Gallaudet. At the time, she had no teaching certificate but taught sign language and Romance languages.

In addition to her teaching duties, she also frequently served as an interpreter and gave addresses both on and off-campus. She was considered an expert in Sign Language and published "A Dictionary of the Manual Alphabet." She also published "Our Hall of Fame," which appeared in the Gallaudet Alumni Bulletin.

By 1910, she had been appointed the Dean of Women at Gallaudet College and earned her B.A. degree from George Washington University in 1918. During the same year, she also won the Davis Prize for Speaking. She then earned a honorary M.A. from Gallaudet College in 1922 and spent time at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1923. In 1932, the Sorbonne awarded her the Certificat apres Examen, Cours speciaux d'Ete. In 1937, she earned an honorary doctorate of pedagogy from George Washington University.

Peet went on to serve as the assistant editor of the American Annals of the Deaf from 1942-1945. In 1950, she was appointed Deaf of Women of Mid Century by the National Association of Women Deans and Counselors. She earned her second honorary doctorate in Humane Letters, this one from Gallaudet College. She then retired in 1951 and died on 29 June 1961.

She was a member of American Association of the Deans of Women, American Association of University Women, American Convention of Instructors of the Deaf, Columbia Women of George Washington University, Daughters of the American Revolution, league of Republican Women, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority, and the Zonta Club.

Scope and Content

The Papers of Elizabeth Peet consists of approximately 5,950 pages of essays, addresses, publications, class notes, and correspondence, as well as museum artifacts. The bulk of the collection dates from 1900-1958, during which she was Dean of Women and a faculty member at Gallaudet College. This collection reflects her activities and responsibilities of both positions.

Included in the collection are some of her class notes from courses taken at George Washington University in Geography, First Aid and Home Nursing, Geology, and History. She also kept notes from the classes she taught at Gallaudet in Lip-reading and Speech Training, English Literature, Speech, and Spanish.

The collection contains the typed scripts of her addresses related to Sign Language, Gallaudet, and individual characteristics and qualifications. Speeches include; "Gallaudet College," "Personality," "The Philology of Sign Language," "The Sign Language," and "Co-Operation." The Davis Prize for Speaking is also in the collection.

Essays written by Peet in the collection include "The Art of Living," "The Sign Language," "The Importance of Personality in Everyday Living," "The Story of the Peets," and "Mary Toles Peet." Individual articles, miscellaneous information, and a copy of the completed "Our Hall of Fame" can be found in the collection.
Correspondence between Peet and Lucille Pendell, Percival Hall, Helen Fay, Leonard Elstad, Hugo Schunhoff, and Walter Peet is kept in this collection.

Among personal memorabilia are reports written as Dean of Women (1938-1941), and an ink drawing given by Mr. and Mrs. Fay, her honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, her golf bag, and her retirement banquet program.

In 1907, Peet traveled to Europe. During her trip, she kept a diary and collected over 150 postcards. In 1923, she again traveled abroad and collected 200 postcards. The Peet diary and postcards give an excellent description of European countries in the early 1900s.

Correspondence with Prominent Individuals:
Bardy, Josette
Barnett, Mrs.
Barnes, Frederick
Bodie, Leah
Deming, Joseph
Elstad, Leonard
Fay, Helen
Fox, Thomas
Friedman, Max
Hall, Percival
Lembrick, Marcella
Marvin, Cloyd
Murphy, Helen
Peet, Walter
Pendell, Lucille
Riekehof, Lottie
Schornstern, Florence
Schunhoff, Hugo
Williams, Boyce
Williams, Thomas
Wood, Gladys
Yatabe, Y.


Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series.

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Correspondence - Josette Bardy to E. Peet 1932
1 2 Correspondence - Frederick R. Barnes to E. Peet 1941
1 3 Correspondence - Leah Bodie to E. Peet 1950
1 4 Correspondence - Joseph B. Deming to E. Peet 1930-1932
1 5 Correspondence - Leonard Elstad to E. Peet 1957-1958
1 6 Correspondence - Marcella Lembrick to E. Peet 1906
1 7 Correspondence - Cloyed Marvin to E. Peet 1958
1 8 Correspondence - Helen Murphy to E. Peet 1917
1 9 Correspondence - Lottie Riekehof to E. Peet 1948
1 10 Correspondence - Hugo Schunhoff to E. Peet 1957
1 11 Correspondence - Walter to E. Peet 1930
1 12 Correspondence - Boyce R. Williams to E. Peet 1957
1 13 Correspondence - Thomas Williams to E. Peet 1924
1 14 Correspondence - Gladys Wood to E. Peet 1926
1 15 Correspondence - Y. Yatabe to E. Peet 1925
1 16 Elizabeth Peet to Mrs. Barnett 1944
1 17 Elizabeth Peet to Helen Fay 1944
1 18 Elizabeth Peet to Thomas F. Fox 1927
1 19 Elizabeth Peet to Max Friedman 1951
1 20 Elizabeth Peet to Percival Hall 1915
1 21 Elizabeth Peet to Lucille Pendell 1958
1 22 Elizabeth Peet to Florence Schornstein 1943
1 23 Admission Exam - Grammar n.d.
1 24 Class Notes - Archaeology 1905-1906
1 25 Class Notes - "Bell's visible speech as taught by Laura Richard, Rhode Island Institution," 1899-1900
1 26 Class Notes - First Aid and Home Nursing n.d.
1 27 Class Notes - First Aid and Home Nursing 1942
1 28 Class Notes - Geology and History 1917
1 29 Class Notes - Geography 1917-1918
1 30 Class Notes - German n.d
1 31 Class Notes - English Literature 1903-1904
2 1 Class Notes - Latin 1916
2 2 Class Notes - Latin 1916
2 3 Class Notes - Latin n.d.
2 4 Class Notes - Lip-reading and Speech Training 1900
2 5 Class Notes - Lip-reading and Speech Training 1900
2 6 Class Notes - Lip-reading and Speech Training 1900
2 7 Class Notes - Psychology 1917
2 8 Class Notes - Spanish n.d.
2 9 Class Notes - Speech 1905
2 10 Class Notes on the Ear 1902
3 1 Davis Prize in Speaking 1918
3 2 Demonstration Work-Outline 1917
3 3 English Lessons n.d.
3 4 French Lessons n.d.
3 5 Gallaudet College Auxiliary American Red Cross  Minutes 1918
3 6 Hall of Fame - Miscellaneous Information 1954
3 7 Hall of Fame - Numerical List of Names n.d.
3 8 Hall of Fame - Synopsis #9-33 n.d.
3 9 Hall of Fame - Abbe Sicard - Dr. Hall n.d.
3 10 Hall of Fame - Cadwallader Washburn 1954
3 11 Hall of Fame - Olof Hanson 1954
3 12 Hall of Fame - Herbert E. Day 1954
3 13 Hall of Fame - Frank B. Smith 1954
3 14 Hall of Fame - Harley D. Drake n.d.
3 15 Hall of Fame - Publication n.d.
3 16 Notes - Miscellaneous n.d.
3 17 Notes - Philology n.d.
3 18 Poetry - Miscellaneous 1926-1934
3 19 Program - 1940 1940
3 20 Report Card - 1892
3 21 Teacher's Certificate 1932
4 1 Address - "College Student as a Social Individual" n.d.
4 2 Address - "Co-Operation" 1934
4 3 Address - "Gallaudet College" n.d.
4 4 Address - "Gallaudet College - Its Work and Play" 1949
4 5 Address - "Highlights of One Hundred Years of Convention" 1949
4 6 Address - "Our Hall of Fame" 1933
4 7 Address - "Personality" 1940
4 8 Address - "The Philology of Sign Language" 1921
4 9 Address - "The Sign Language" n.d.
4 10 Address - "A Unique College" n.d.
4 11 Address - "Unveiling of Abbe de l'Epee Statue" 1930
4 12 Essay - "The Art of Living" 1937
4 13 Essay - "The Importance of Personality in Everyday Living" n.d.
4 14 Essays - "Modern Miracles" n.d.
4 15 Essays - "Prose and Poetical Writings of the Deaf" n.d.
4 16 Essays - "The Sign Language" n.d.
4 17 Essays - "Summary of Foreign Affairs During Last Month" 1935
4 18 Manuscript - "A Dictionary of the Manual Alphabet and the Language of Signs" n.d.
4 19 Publications - "A Dictionary of the Manual Alphabet" n.d.
4 20 Publications - "Gallaudet College Seventy-Five Years of Higher Education for the Deaf" 1939
4 21 Publications - "Mary Toles Peet" 1943
4 22 Publications - "Our Hall of Fame" n.d.
4 23 Publications - "The Philology of Sign Language" 1934
4 24 Publications - "The Story of the Peets" 1931-1958
5 1 Automobile Insurance Policies 1940-1941
5 2 Automobile User's Guide 1940s
5 3 Banquet - International Congress on the Education of the Deaf  1933
5 4 Cash Account Book 1906-1908
5 5 Christmas Cards n.d.
5 6 Columbian Women of George Washington Univ. 1929
5 7 D.A.R. Museum Info. n.d.
5 8 Dean of Women Association - Reports 1938-1941
5 9 Diary 1907
5 10 Federation of Women 1941
5 11 Finger spelling Charts 1914-1958
5 12 Gallaudet College Alumni Association 1940
5 13 Gallaudet College - Memorabilia 1954
5 14 George Washington University 1905-1958
5 15 George Washington's Portrait n.d.
5 16 Honorary Degree - Gallaudet College 1950
5 17 Ink Drawing (from Mr. & Mrs. Fay) 1907
5 18 Manual Alphabet n.d.
5 19 Miscellaneous 1878-1950
5 20 New York Avenue Presbyterian Church 1931-1944
5 21 O.W.L.S. Sorority 1933-1954
5 22 Poetry n.d.
5 23 Programs - Duke University 1939
5 24 Retirement Banquet 1954
5 25 Social Register - Washington, D.C. 1954
6 1 Postcards 1907
7 1 Postcards 1918-1923
7 2 Shakespeare Birthday Book 1876

 

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