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Disability Studies: Primary Sources

Texas Disability History Collection


When searching for disability studies resources, keep in mind what language was used during different points in history and substitute synonymous keywords if initial searches fail to return results.

Some keywords not on that list (including many related to Texas history) are:

  • Addison’s Disease
  • colitis
  • color blindness
  • deafness
  • developmental
  • disability
  • disability in the media
  • iron lungs
  • Movin’ Mavs
  • paralympics
  • poliomyelitis
  • private life
  • Special Olympics
  • UTA Freewheelers
  • UT Austin High Rollers

Some notable people in Texas history include:

  • Henry A. Barnum
  • P.T. Barnum
  • Welborn Barton
  • Anita Blair
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Chris Cooper
  • Todd Cox
  • Joe Davis
  • Thomas P. Gore
  • Beriah Graham
  • Jim Hayes
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Jim Montgomery
  • William James Oliphant
  • ​Elisha M. Pease
  • Paul Pettigrew
  • Wiley Hardeman Post
  • Bob Ross
  • Antonio López de Santa Anna
  • James C. Sewell
  • David Thornton
  • Robert McAlpin Williamson

Some notable charities/organizations/facilities in Texas history include:

  • Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools
  • Brenham State School
  • Carnation Charity Club (African-American women’s club in Dallas)
  • Crippled Children's Society of Fort Worth
  • Dallas Association for the Blind
  • Dallas Raiders
  • Dallas Society for Crippled Children
  • Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
  • Diamond Charity
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Lufkin State School
  • Morning Star Charity
  • Richmond State School for the Mentally Retarded
  • San Angelo State School
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children
  • State Commission for the Blind
  • Texas Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs
  • Texas Institution for the Deaf and Dumb
  • Texas Rehabilitation Commission

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