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Papers concerning the Paget Gorman Sign Language

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7920

Scope and Contents

Papers dealing with the development and use of a `New Sign Language' (later `Systematic Sign Language') for the deaf, aimed in particular at the teaching of children with hearing and speech problems. It was begun in 1934 by Sir Richard Paget (1869-1955) and developed by his widow, Grace Paget, in collaboration with Dr Pierre Gorman after Sir Richard's death. Comprises: Sir Richard Paget's correspondence, lectures, articles and publicity material; Lady Paget's correspondence and papers; assorted manuals of instruction, research projects and reports.
The names of institutions or societies have been recorded as found. The original names are indicated by the use of initial capitals in the catalogue.


  • Creation: 1928-1988


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6 archive box(es) (6 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The earlier papers were deposited on indefinite loan by Lady Paget in 1972, with additions in 1974 and 1978. Further deposits were made in February and April 1998 by the Paget Gorman Society.

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