MSS 17
Hume, Boyd Douglas and Louise Minnie.
Collection of Boyd and Louise Hume, 1940-1985

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 17
Title: Collection of Hughes Memorial Theatre, 1940-1985
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 13.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:
The Boyd Douglas and Minnie Louise Goad Hume Papers were donated to the Gallaudet University Archives by Minnie "Louise" Hume on January 8, 1986.
Processed by: Nora L. McCabe. 1994 November 8.
Processing Note: Revised by Michael J. Olson. 2001 April 2.
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:


  • Boyd D. Hume [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits

Biographical Sketch

Boyd Douglas Hume was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on July 28, 1899. He lost his hearing at the age of 3 from scarlet fever, although it was partially restored by the time he was 35, enough for him to be able to use the telephone. A 56-year resident of Akron, Ohio, Boyd was a tire builder for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. He retired in 1965 after 43 years of service. He was a member of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, the Ohio Chapter Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and the Akron Club of the Deaf.

Minnie Louise Goad Hume was born on August 5, 1908 in Covington, Tennessee. She became deaf at age 13 after taking high doses of quinine during the flu epidemic of 1911. Her parents died around the same time, and she was sent to live with relatives. Louise, as she was known, entered the Tennessee School for the Deaf in 1922, graduating in 1925. She spent only one year at Gallaudet College. Later, Louise was active in the Ohio deaf community with her husband for more than 40 years. She taught sign language classes and helped establish a pilot education program for deaf patients at Apple Creek Hospital, among other things. She was a counselor for the deaf for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority from 1978 to 1982. Her accomplishments are too numerous to list.

Married in 1930, Boyd and Louise Hume were tireless advocates for the Ohio deaf community, assisting them with daily living tasks. Boyd Hume passed away on December 12, 1975 after a brief illness at the age of 76.

Scope and Content

Boyd and Louise Hume were active in the Ohio deaf community, especially in their hometown of Akron, for more than 40 years. However, their papers do not cover the time period of 1930 to 1975. Instead, it covers sporadically their careers in the deaf community.

Most of the papers are related to Louise's work after Boyd passed away. There are award certificates, correspondence, death notices (for Boyd), newspaper clippings, and several addresses and reports. In addition, there are copies of reports Louise wrote while working for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.

They all provide an excellent insight into the lives of two deaf people committed to the lives of other deaf persons over a 40-year period.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series.

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Addresses - Louise Hume 1975-1982
1 2 Articles - Honoring the Humes for service and dedication to the Ohio deaf 1940-1983
1 3 Award Certificates - Louise Hume 1977-1985
1 4 Biographical Information - Louise Hume n.d.
1 5 Correspondence to Louise Hume n.d.
1 6 Correspondence to Louise Hume 1955-1984
1 7 Death Notices - Boyd Hume 1975
1 8 Newsletter Buckeye State Bulletin [Ohio Association for the Deaf] 1960
1 9 Newspaper Clippings - Louise Hume 1953-1981
1 10 Papers - Automobile Workshops 1966-1975
1 11 Papers - Miscellaneous - Louise Hume n.d.
1 12 Papers - Miscellaneous - Louise Hume 1972-1982
1 13 Reports - Louise Hume 1970-1979
1 14 Reports - Boyd Hume 1948-1973
1 15 Reports - Akron Metropolitan Authority - Louise Hume 1978-1982