MSS 30
Porter, Sarah Harvey, 1856-1922
Papers of Sarah H. Porter, 1888-1922

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 30
Title: Papers of Sarah H. Porter, 1888-1922
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 9. 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Unknown.
Processed by: Ulf Hedberg. 1990 January 17.
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:


  • Papers of Sarah H. Porter, n.d. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 109


  • Sarah Harvey Porter, [191-?]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Vertical Files

  • Sarah H. Porter. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

Sarah Harvey Porter was born in Sutton, New Hampshire, July 21, 1856. She took a teacher training course at the Salem Normal School, Salem, Massachusetts, and taught for four years in public schools. Later she became interested in deaf education and taught at the Clarke School for the Deaf, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Sarah H. Porter's article, "Society and the Orally Restored Deaf-Mute," drew Dr. Edward M. Gallaudet's attention. She began working at the Columbia Institution for the Deaf in 1884 as a Kendall School teacher.

When the Normal Department was established in 1891, Miss Porter took part in the instruction of its students. In 1911 she gave up teaching children and devoted herself entirely to lectures and training of the Normals.

In September 1922, Miss Porter was granted a year's leave of absence. She went to her summer home near Keane,New York in the Adirondack Mountains. She died suddenly on October 1, 1922.

Scope and Content

The Sarah Harvey Porter Collection consists of material related to her work on psychological deafness. The collection consists of approximately 850 items dating 1888 to 1922. The majority of the papers date from approximately 1910s to the beginning of the 1920s. The bulk of the collection contains correspondence, essays, notes on deafness, and questionnaires.

In the folder of "Essays" are different articles written by Sarah H. Porter and other authors. The last folder "Questionnaires" includes questionnaires related to psychological deafness given by Miss Porter to her students and the students' handwritten responses.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Correspondence     1922
1 2 Essays Part One 1888-1914
1 3 Essays Part Two   n.d.
1 4 Notes on Deafness Part One  1911-1922
1 5 Notes on Deafness Part Two n.d.
1 6 Questionnaires 1921-1922