PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/10/1929 - HFSID 27651
Sale Price $637.50
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Concerning the possibility of a state school for the deaf.
Typed Letter Signed: "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as Governor of New York, 1p, 8x9¾. Albany, 1929 August 10. To Mr. C. Allen Dunham, Esq., Arcade, N.Y. In full: "I thank you for your letter of July 30th, and am much interested in what you say as to the needs of the deaf in this state. It is impossible at this time to forecast what the future relation of the state to the schools for the deaf now under private management will be, for any plan looking toward the taking over of these schools as state institutions will necessarily include consideration not only of the Rome, Rochester and Malone schools which are mentioned in the clipping which you inclose (sic), but also the three schools in New York City. It would be unfortunate to present to the Legislature a proposition affecting the future of these schools without first carefully considering the whole situation and consulting with the Directors of the several schools as well as the State Departments of Education and Social Welfare. I can, however, assure you that I am personally interested in the schools for the deaf and shall, within the next few months, see to it that their problems and needs are given the consideration which they deserve. Similarly, your suggestions as to a State Bureau of Labor for the Deaf and a State Home for Aged and Infirm Deaf will need a good deal of study before a conclusion can be reached as to whether such a bureau and home are necessary or desirable and, if so, in what way they can best be organized. I need hardly assure you that your suggestions will not be overlooked in connection with any further extension of the social welfare program of the state." It was not until 1963, 34 years later, that New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller signed the law establishing The New York State School for the Deafunder the jurisdiction and control of the State Department of Education. Its primary object is to furnish to children of the state suffering from deafness or a combination of deafness and other handicaps and who may be expected to profit from instruction, such educational opportunities as will enable them, so far as practical, to become useful and well-adjusted citizens of the state. The New York State School for the Deaf is located midway between Albany and Syracuse in the city of Rome. Lightly creased, not at signature. Overall, fine condition.
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