Manuscripts

MSS 151
Hall, Dr. Percival, 1872-1953
Papers of Dr. Percival Hall, 1887-1958


Gallaudet University Archives


Descriptive Summary
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 151
Creator:
Title: Papers of Percival Hall, 1887-1958.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)
Abstract:
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 8.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The collection of Percival Hall Papers was donated to the Gallaudet University Library by Percival Hall. The gift was made in 1948. Some years later, his family donated additional papers to the Archives.
Processed by:
Michael Olson. 2005.
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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Biographical Sketch

Percival Hall, 2nd President of Gallaudet University, was born in Georgetown, D. C. on September 16, 1872. His father was Asaph Hall who was a professor of mathematics and astronomy at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D. C. Percival grew up in Georgetown and attended the public schools. He entered Harvard University at the age of 16 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the age of 19. His ambition was to enter the engineering field, but a twist of fate; he spent his Christmas vacation on Kendall Green with his Harvard roommate, Allan B. Fay, resulted in his becoming interested in the education of the deaf. Percival entered Gallaudet as a Normal student, graduated in 1893. Following his graduation, he taught at the New York School for the Deaf for two years. He was invited to accept as a secretary to President Edward Miner Gallaudet for a short time. He taught Latin and mathematics. Upon the retirement of President Gallaudet in 1910, Percival became the next President of Gallaudet where he remained until his retirement in 1945. He was the President during the two world wars and the great depression. He was involved in public and civic interests in the metropolitan Washington, D. C. area.
Percival Hall was married to Carolyn Clarke in 1895; however, Carolyn was stricken with an illness and passed away within one year. In 1900, he married a deaf woman, Ethel Taylor at the House One on the campus. They had three children. During the retirement of Percival, he and his wife remained on the campus until he passed away on November 7, 1953.

Scope and Content

The Percival Hall Papers consist of letters, clippings, certificates, diary, newsletters, telegrams, poems, photographs, by-laws, thesis, sermons and lectures.
The collection, which consists of approximately 4,250 pages, dates from 1887 to 1958. The bulk of the collection consists of his lectures, speeches and sermons. The next bulk of the collection consists of his biographical information. The bulk dates are mostly between 1930s and 1940s.
The largest subject in the collection is focused on the education of the deaf. Percival wrote many articles and speeches on deaf education. There are letters and greeting cards included in honor of President Hall's anniversary of his employment and also his birthday celebration. One interesting item in the collection is an 1890 thesis that Percival wrote while he was a student at Harvard. The thesis is titled, "Harmonoids". It is about mathematics. Also included in the collection are correspondence between Percival and the Como Orchard Land Company in the West where he invested in stocks with the company.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series.

 
Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 75th Anniversary Celebration, Gallaudet College 1938
1 2 American Annals of the Deaf, The - Copies of 1944
1 3 Articles on Dr. Percival Hall 1936-1944
1 4 Articles - Dr. Hall's 70th Birthday Celebration 1942
1 5 Awards and Certificates 1887-1953
1 6 Biographical Information 1929-1953
1 7 Buff and Blue, The 1910
1 8 Cosmos Club, The - 50th Anniversary 1929
1 9 Cosmos Club - List of Members 1941
1 10 Diary 1910
1 11 Dr. Hall's 70th Birthday Anniversary from Graduates of the Normal Dept. 1942
1 12 Funds Available for the Columbia Institution for the Deaf n.d.
1 13 Funeral Services for Dr. Percival Hall 1953
1 14 Great Educator of the Deaf, A - Dr. Percival Hall, 1872-1953 Bulletin #1 Vol. 4 1955
1 15 Greeting cards - 70th Birthday Anniversary 1942
1 16 Greeting cards from Dr. and Mrs. Percival Hall 1940
1 17 Harvard College 1887-1947
1 18 Hazel's Handy Pocket Parliamentary Chart 1936
1 19 Installation of Leonard M. Elstad as Third President of the College 1947
1 20 Kappa Gamma Fraternity 1939-1947
1 21 Letter - Closson, Grace Gallaudet 1941
1 22 Letter - Elstad, Dr. Leonard M. to Ethel Taylor Hall 1953
1 23 Letter - Gallaudet Dinner - California School for the Deaf, Berkeley 1939
1 24 Letters - Gallaudet, Edward Miner 1910
1 25 Letter - Garner, John Nance, Vice President of the United States 1935
2 1 Letter - Hall, C. A. S. to Percival Hall 1892
2 2 Letter - Hall, Percival to May Koehn 1933
2 3 Letter - Hall, Percival to Mr. Tiberio (C. Samuel Tiberio) 1950
2 4 Letter - Hoover, Herbert, President of the United States 1931
2 5 Letter - Noyes, Theodore W. 1946
2 6 Letter - O. W. L. S. Sorority 1939
2 7 Letter - Pach, Alexander L. 1936
2 8 Letters - Roosevelt, Franklin D., President of the United States 1935-1942
2 9 Letter - Wilbur, Ray Lyman, Secretary of the Interior 1933
2 10 Letters - 25th Anniversary as President of Gallaudet College 1935-1936
2 11 Letters - Dr. Hall's 70th Birthday Celebration 1942
2 12 Letters - Hannan, Helen to Ethel Taylor Hall 1954
2 13 Membership cards n.d.
2 14 National Research Council - Conference on Problems of Deafness 1940
2 15 National Research Council - Conference on Problems of Deafness - Letters 1940
2 16 News Release - Special Celebration at Gallaudet College 1931
2 17 Notes for suggestions for the Federal Works Agency re: construction at Gallaudet n.d.
2 18 Notes on Publications n.d.
2 19 Obituary 1953
2 20 Percival Hall Fund 1949-1954
2 21 Poems 1932-1954
2 22 Program - 93rd Annual Commencement of George Washington University 1914
2 23 Program - All Souls Church Unitarian 1957
2 24 Program - Birthday Dinner in Honor of Dr. Percival Hall 1942
2 25 Program - Testimonial Dinner in Honor of President and Mrs. Percival Hall 1933
2 26 Program of Tribute to Dr. Percival Hall 1953
2 27 Program book - Inauguration of Arthur A. O'Leary as President of Georgetown U. 1935
2 28 Report of Accreditation Committee after their visit to Gallaudet College 1952
2 29 Retirement as President of Gallaudet College - Articles 1944-1945
2 30 Retirement as President of Gallaudet College - Letters 1945-1947
2 31 Retirement as President of Gallaudet College - A Resolution 1945
2 32 Scrapbook contains clippings in honor of Dr. Hall's Birthday 1942
2 33 Silent Worker, The 1923
2 34 Story of the Peets, The - by Elizabeth Peet 1958
2 35 Sympathy Letters 1953-1954
2 36 Testimonial from the Faculty 1933
2 37 Thesis - Harmonoids 1890
2 38 Wedding and Honeymoon Trip of Ethel Taylor and Percival Hall 1900
3 1 Asaph Hall, Astronomer n.d.
3 2 Background of Dr. Peet, The 1949
3 3 Early History of the Education of the Deaf in America, The n.d.
3 4 Early History of the Education of the Deaf in America, The (original) n.d.
3 5 Education of the Deaf 1921
3 6 For the Complete Education of the Deaf 1924
3 7 Gallaudet College - College Magazine 1924
3 8 Gallaudet College - Letter to the Alumni by Percival Hall 1920
3 9 Health at Columbia Institution for the Deaf 1923
3 10 Impressions of English Schools for the Deaf n.d.
3 11 Industrial Education of the Deaf 1917
3 12 Plan to Further Secondary Education of the Deaf in the U. S. A., A 1952
3 13 President Hall's Creed n.d.
3 14 Problems of Technical Training for the Deaf 1907
3 15 To the Gallaudet College Alumni 1941
3 16 Address at the Laying of the Primary Unit Cornerstone, West Virginia School Deaf 1938
3 17 Address to Alumni at the Alumni Meeting 1947
3 18 Address to the Class of 1927 1927
3 19 Address to the Members of Board of Directors, Gallaudet College n.d.
3 20 Address to the Teachers Association, New York City 1940
3 21 Addresses - Untitled n.d.
3 22 American Oligarchy, An 1933
3 23 Carnegie Institution of Washington, Opening of Administration Building n.d.
3 24 Century of Progress, A - Illinois School Deaf's 100th Anniversary Celebration 1937
3 25 Columbia Institution for the Deaf n.d.
3 26 Commencement Address at the Indiana School for the Deaf 1938
3 27 Commencement Address at the New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood 1937
3 28 Dedication of the New School Building at Morganton, North Carolina 1939
3 29 District of Columbia Medical Association n.d.
3 30 Do You Understand Me? 1952
3 31 Duke of Wellington, The n.d.
3 32 Education of the Deaf in America, The 1916
3 33 Education of the Deaf on the Western Continent 1937
3 34 Educational Problems of the Deaf n.d.
3 35 Eighty-eight Years of Service to the Nation n.d.
3 36 Enoch Henry Currier 1917
3 37 Entrance Requirement for Gallaudet College n.d.
3 38 Evolution of Transportation n.d.
3 39 Faculty Lectures n.d.
3 40 Fifty Anniversary of Founding of Gallaudet College 1914
3 41 Forward March! Or A Forward Step in the Education of the Deaf n.d.
3 42 Gallaudet College 1937
3 43 Gallaudet College and Our Schools n.d.
3 44 Gallaudet College Today n.d.
3 45 Government Aid at Gallaudet College n.d.
3 46 Harder Road, The n.d.
3 47 Hartford School Address on the Occasion of the 125th Anniversary 1942
3 48 Higher Education of the Deaf in the United States 1925
3 49 History of Gallaudet College 1936
3 50 Lecture Delivered to the Normal Class of Gallaudet College 1907
3 51 Literary Society Lectures n.d.
3 52 Looking Backward and Forward n.d.
3 53 Maryland School Commencement 1941
3 54 Meeting of the Alumni in Chapel Hall n.d.
3 55 Miscellaneous Pages of Manuscripts n.d.
3 56 Mississippi Day Address 1910
4 1 New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood - Dedication of New Buildings 1939
4 2 Notes on the Education of the Deaf n.d.
4 3 Other Side, The 1941
4 4 Our Debt to the American School for the Deaf - Dedication of the New Building 1923
4 5 Physical Education n.d.
4 6 Preparation for College 1901
4 7 Present Problems in the Education of the Deaf 1934
4 8 Radio Address, New York 1937
4 9 Recent Changes at Gallaudet n.d.
4 10 Recent Developments in the Education of the Deaf n.d.
4 11 Results of Recent Tests at Gallaudet College 1929
4 12 Road to Happiness, The n.d.
4 13 Seventy-fifth Anniversary of Gallaudet College 1939
4 14 Sir Isaac Newton n.d.
4 15 Some of Our Educational Needs 1926
4 16 Sons and Daughters at Gallaudet, The n.d.
4 17 Spirit of Gallaudet, The 1914
4 18 Standards in Teaching Speech and Lip-Reading to the Deaf 1916
4 19 Subject is the History of Deaf Education n.d.
4 20 Talking With Senseless People n.d.
4 21 Tenth Conference of Superintendents and Principals of America Schools Deaf 1913
4 22 United States Forest Service, The n.d.
4 23 Voyages of Discovery n.d.
4 24 Washington - Patriot 1920
4 25 Welcome to the 1924 Meeting of the Alumni Association 1924
4 26 What Has Gallaudet to Offer You? n.d.
4 27 What Must Be the Required Training of Normals Previous to their Special Training n.d.
4 28 What Our Schools Have Done for the Deaf Child 1936
4 29 Why I Believe in Sports 1935
4 30 Why I Went to College and What I Learned There n.d.
4 31 Your Capital City n.d.
4 32 Aim in Life, Sailing or Drifting?, An n.d.
4 33 And Now Abideth Faith, Hope, Love, These Three; but the Greatest of These is Love n.d.
4 34 And Now Abideth These Three; Faith, Hope, Charity, but the Greatest of These is… n.d.
4 35 And Saul Was Consenting unto His (Stephen's) Death n.d.
4 36 And the Lord Called to Him Out of the Mountain n.d.
4 37 And Who is He That Will Harm You, If Ye Be Followers of That Which is Good? n.d.
4 38 And Whosoever of You Will be the Chiefest, Shall be Servant of All 1908
4 39 Are God's Laws Broken? n.d.
4 40 Battle of Life, The n.d.
4 41 Be Not Deceived; God is Not Mocked, for Whatsoever a Man Soweth, That Shall… n.d.
4 42 Christian Life, A n.d.
4 43 Christianity, A Religion of Action n.d.
4 44 Drifting n.d.
4 45 Everybody's Doing It n.d.
4 46 Examine Yourself, Whether Ye Be in the Faith; Prove Your Own Selves n.d.
4 47 Faith n.d.
4 48 For He that Will Love Life, and See Good Days, Let Him Refrain His Tongue from n.d.
4 49 Giving n.d.
4 50 God's Blessings n.d.
5 1 Habit n.d.
5 2 Happiness n.d.
5 3 Happy Heart, The n.d.
5 4 Here Am I; Send Me n.d.
5 5 How God Speaks to Us n.d.
5 6 Lesson of the Mountains, The n.d.
5 7 Let Us Be Judged by Our Deeds n.d.
5 8 Manliness of Christ, The n.d.
5 9 New Year, The n.d.
5 10 Other Side, The n.d.
5 11 Patriot, A n.d.
5 12 Patriotism n.d.
5 13 Point of View, The n.d.
5 14 Praise of Men and Praise of God n.d.
5 15 Put Off the Old Man Which is Corrupt…and…put on the New Man Which After God… n.d.
5 16 Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy n.d.
5 17 Ruling Passion, The n.d.
5 18 Simple Life, The n.d.
5 19 Simplicity n.d.
5 20 Six Words, Know Thyself; Control Thyself; Give Thyself n.d.
5 21 Then Thou Shalt Have Good Success n.d.
5 22 Trial and Death of Jesus, The n.d.
5 23 True Education n.d.
5 24 Untitled (Subject is about noble women) n.d.
5 25 Waste n.d.
5 26 Whatsoever a Man Soweth, That Shall He Also Reap n.d.
5 27 Como Orchard Land Co., The - Correspondence 1913-1914
5 28 Como Orchard Land Co., The - Correspondence 1915-1916
5 29 Como Orchard Land Co., The - Correspondence 1916-1923
5 30 University Heights Farm Co. - Correspondence 1919-1922

 

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