MSS 127
Scouten, Edward L., 1914-
Papers of Edward L. Scouten, 1941-1987

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 127
Title: Papers of Edward L. Scouten, 1941-1987.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 9.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Edward L. Scouten papers were given to the Gallaudet University Archives by Edward L. Scouten on October 29, 1987.
Processed by: Ulf Nilsson. 2001 April 3.
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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Vertical Files

  • Edward L. Scouten. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

Edward L. Scouten was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on July 10, 1914. A graduate of the Omaha Central High School, he served as Boys' Supervisor and Instructor at the Nebraska School for the Deaf from 1934 to 1937. Upon receiving a B.A Degree from the University of Omaha in 1937, he enrolled in San Francisco State Teachers College, where he received a Teacher's Certificate in 1938, he was a teacher in training at the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley.

From 1938 to 1940, he was an Instructor at the Rochester School for the Deaf. He taught in the Normal Department at Gallaudet College, where he received an M.A. in 1941. From 1941 to 1946 he served as Demonstration Instructor at Kendall School. During the world war years, 1943-1945,he served as Instructor of Lip-Reading as well as a Supervisor in Special Education in the Medical Department of the United States Army. He joined the Faculty at Gallaudet College in 1946. He served as the chairman of the College Preparatory Department beginning in 1954. He wrote two books, "A revaluation of the Rochester Method" and "Language through opportunity".

In 1962 he moved and became principal of the Louisiana School for the Deaf, where he was an advocate of the Rochester Method. Alpha Sigma Pi Fraternity of Gallaudet College selected him "Man of the Year" in 1964. In 1967 he became principal of the Florida School for the Deaf. In 1970, he joined the English Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In 1978, he served as a technical English specialist in the NTID data Processing Department.

Scope and Content

The Edward L. Scouten Collection consists of approximately 750 pages, dating from 1941 to 1987. The bulk of this collection consists of articles, booklets, course outlines, newspaper clippings, poems, term papers and speeches. One folder is dedicated to dissertations he wrote for his master's thesis about the history of the graduate level at Gallaudet College. There is a folder containing letters concerning Jan Afzelius written by a Swedish student who attended Gallaudet College". In another folder the focus is the Rochester method, of which he was a strong advocate.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 01 Articles     1954-1966
1 02 Booklets  "Language Through Opportunity" 1960   
1 03 Booklets "Language Workshop" 1959      
1 04 Course Outlines  1956-1957
1 05 Dissertations "The Gallaudet Normal Department, Its History and Development" 1941 
1 06 Letters          1955-1961
1 07 Letters from Jan Afzelius 1954-1960
1 08 Newsletter  “Prep’Rat, Class of 1966” 1966
1 09 Newspaper clippings 1941-1965
1 10 Plays  "Odysseus' Return" 1956     
1 11 Poems written by students 1953
1 12 Regulations 1947-1948
1 13 Rochester Method (articles) 1942-1987
1 14 Speeches                                                                  195?-1960
1 15 Term papers                                                              1955
1 16 Miscellaneous  1946-1959