| Alexander Graham Bell Letter,
Alexander Graham Bell, renowned for his invention of the telephone,
was born in Scotland in 1847. His father and grandfather
had been authorities in speech training, and his mother was deaf,
so it is not surprising that Bell would devote his life to devising
teaching methods for speech defects and improving acoustic communications.
On May 10, 1870, he wrote to Isaac L. Peet, principal of the New
York School for the Deaf and Dumb, in New York City, applying for
a position as “professor of articulation.” Professor
Peet apparently filed the letter away and forgot about it, since
Bell was not hired.
letter is an interesting item in the records of the New York School
for the Deaf, as the institution is now known. The school, founded
in 1817 and the second oldest school for the deaf in America, moved
from New York City to the town of Greenburgh in 1939. The extensive
records of the school provide a rich source for the study of education
of the deaf.