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Creator:Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing.
Title:Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing records
Dates:1916-2003
Call Number:M105
Location: 63/2-3, 73/1, FF3/D3, Art File 19, 22
Volume:17.25 cubic ft. (32 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:The records document the formation, operations, programs, financial health, and publicity efforts of the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing between its establishment in 1916 and closure in 2003. Records include board meeting minutes, annual reports, committee reports, educational brochures and booklets, budgets and financial reports, a nearly complete run of the newsletter "The Guilder", scrapbooks, photographs, and moving images. Of special interest are historical artifacts used by the hard of hearing, including hearing aids, ear trumpets, and speaking tubes.
Historical Abstract: Until its closure in 2003, the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing (BGHH) was the largest nonprofit organization in New England dedicated to serving the needs of people with hearing impairment. Founded in 1916 as the Speechreader's Guild of Boston by Mildred Kennedy, Anna L. Staples, and Clara M. Ziegler, BGHH initially provided educational and recreational services out of rented rooms in Jefferson Hall in Trinity Court, Copley Square. As membership grew, BGHH purchased a larger facility at 339 Commonwealth Ave. in 1921. BGHH relocated again to 283 Commonwealth Ave. in 1937 and 1505 Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton in 1999. BGHH provided lip reading classes for children and adults, conducted hearing tests, and held various events to raise awareness for the hard of hearing.
Arrangement:Organized into 3 series: 1. Administration; 2. Audio-Visual and Visual Materials; 3. Artifacts
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Kennedy, Mildred
  • Staples, Anna L.
  • Ziegler, Clara M.

  • Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing
  • Speechreader's Guild of Boston

  • Hearing impaired -- Services for -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Hearing impaired -- Societies, etc. -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Audiology -- Instruments
  • Hearing impaired children -- Services for -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Michelle Light, Lloyd Williams, Jeanine Rees, and John Fienberg, November 2004