MSS 22
Moss, Elizabeth Lucinda, 1898-1978
Papers of Elizabeth Lucinda Moss, 1923-1944

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 22
Title: Papers of Elizabeth Lucinda Moss, 1923-1944
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 5.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Unknown.
Processed by: Ulf Hedberg. 1989 December 6.
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:


  • Photograph album of Charles Jacob Falk [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 77
  • Photograph album of Elizabeth Moss [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 42

Historical Sketch

Elizabeth Lucinda Moss was born on April 16, 1898 in Govans, Maryland. She went to the Maryland School for the Deaf at Frederick for 13 years. Miss Moss enrolled Gallaudet College in 1916 and received a B. S. degree in 1921.

In 1925 she traveled to Europe and visited the international exposition in Paris and the International Conference on the education of the Deaf in London, Great Britain.

She taught at the Florida School for the Deaf, 1921-1922, South Carolina School for the Deaf 1926-1930, Indiana School for the Deaf 1930-1944, and Virginia School for the Deaf 1944-1945.

In 1957 Miss Moss became the second wife of Thomas Watson Osborne, Elizabeth L. Moss Osborne died on July 13, 1978 in a suburb of San Francisco.

Scope and Content

The Elizabeth L. Moss Collection includes materials related to her visits in France and Great Britain and other travels within the United States.

The collection dates from 1923 to 1944 and consists of 51 items. The majority of the papers date from 1925 and the 1930's. The bulk of the collection includes written articles, correspondence, greeting cards, menus, programs and memorabilia including postcards and snapshots from Elizabeth Moss' travels in Europe and the United States.

The folder of articles includes an article entitled "Chemical Industries in the South and Available Resources" written by Thomas W. Osborne which was found by his wife Elizabeth Moss while going through his papers after his death.

Included in the folder related to correspondence is a letter from the Board of Trustees at the Indiana School for the Deaf regarding a pupil named Magdalena Rudman.

The folder of menus contains mostly menus from the Cunard Line which Miss Moss traveled to Europe on in 1925 as well as one menu from the International Conference on the Education of the Deaf held in London, 1925.

The collection includes programs including a brochure from the international exposition in Paris, 1925. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Article "Chemical Industries in South and Available Resources" n.d.
1 2 Correspondence 1936-1938
1 3 Greeting Cards 1944
1 4 Guides for tourists 1923-1931
1 5 Menus 1925
1 6 Programs 1925-1940
1 7 Miscellaneous 1925-1936