Torr, Donald V., 1926-
Papers of Donald V. Torr, 1971-1984
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 28
Title: Papers of Donald V. Torr, 1971-1984.
Quantity: 1.0 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 10.
Processed by: Nora L. McCabe. 1995 March 3.
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:
- Donald V. Torr [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits
- Donald V. Torr. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical
Donald V. Torr was born on June 14, 1926 in Clinton, Iowa. He received his B.A. in 1948, his M.A. in 1949, and his Ph.D. in 1952, all from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Starting in 1950, Torr was employed with the government, working on test development/validation projects with the Personnel Research Laboratory of the Air Force Personnel and Training Research Center. In 1959, he became the manager of systems applications at General Electric in upstate New York, leaving in 1967. Torr then joined the faculty at Gallaudet University as assistant vice president of the Office of Educational Technology and professor of education. He retired in 1991 after 21 years of service.
He and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Leslie Winkleman and Sally McAleer.
Scope and Content
The Donald V. Torr Papers cover the issue of closed captioning between 1971 and 1984. Torr was the assistant vice president of the Office of Educational Technology, known as College Educational Resources at the time.
The collection is comprised mainly of correspondence and material related to lobbying for closed captioned television. There are several reports to various committees within the government, most notably the Federal Communications Commission. Photographs are included. Of particular interest is the British closed captioning system of the late 1970s, which appears to have served as a model for the American system.
Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
|Box||Folder||Title of Folder||Date|
|1||1||Booklet ‑ College Educational Resources||n.d.|
|1||2||Captioning Evaluation Forms||1971|
|1||3||Captioning ‑ Line 21||1975‑1977|
|1||5||Captioning Project Evaluation Final Report||1974|
|1||6||CBS Closed Captioning||1979‑1980|
|1||8||CBS Teletext (petitions, etc.)||1980‑1982|
|1||9||CBS Teletext Field Tests Phases I, II, III||1979|
|2||1||CEEFAX Service (BBC Captioning)||1976‑1979|
|2||2||Copyright ‑ Manual of Experimental Signs for Conversational English||1973|
|2||3||Correspondence ‑ Merrill, Edward C.||1981|
|2||4||Correspondence ‑ Miscellaneous||1975|
|2||6||Gallaudet College Self‑Evaluation Report||1976|
|2||7||Gallaudet College Self‑Evaluation Report||1977|
|2||8||Gallaudet College Self‑Evaluation Report||1980|
|2||10||Paper ‑ "Captioning Methodologies for Enhanced Reading Level & Vocabulary Development", by Pamela R. Getson||1979|
|2||11||PBS ‑ Closed Captioning||1977‑1979|
|2||12||Research Report ‑ "Closed Caption Decoder Ownership and Program References Among Two Groups of Hearing Impaired People"||1981|
|2||13||Strategic Plan, Part III: Component Report Reaction Guidelines||1984|