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Title: The Central Institute for the Deaf-Max A. Goldstein Historic Devices for Hearing Collection.Add to your cart.
ID: VC/VC703
Extent: 81.5 Linear Feet
expand icon Biographical/Historical Note
The Central Institute for the Deaf-Max A. Goldstein Historic Devices for Hearing Collection at Washington University Bernard Becker Medical Library was started by Max A. Goldstein (1870-1941), a St. Louis otologist and founder of Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). The collection contains over 400 hearing devices dating from 1796 and represents one of the largest collections in the world. Associated with the collection is archival material dating from the 19th century including photographic prints, catalog illustrations, advertisements, patents and related ephemera.
expand icon Access and Use Restrictions
Restrictions: The collection is open and accessible for research.
Rights: Users of the collection should read and abide by the guidelines of the Use of Archival Collections policy at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.
Acquisition Note:   In 2003 ownership of the Central Institute for the Deaf-Max A. Goldstein Historic Devices for Hearing Collection was transferred to Washington University Bernard Becker Medical Library, effective with the merger between CID and Washington University School of Medicine.
Related Materials:

Deafness in Disguise: 19th and 20th Century Concealed Hearing Devices

In 2002 Central Institute for the Deaf and Washington University Bernard Becker Medical Library collaborated to produce a digital exhibit that showcases hearing devices from the 19th and 20th centuries that were designed to be concealed or camouflaged within everyday items or worn on the person. Created for viewers of all ages and backgrounds – from the layperson to the scholar – this exhibit combines over 500 images of hearing devices, rare books, photographs, illustrations, advertising literature and patents to provide a unique glimpse into the evolution of hearing devices over the past two hundred years.

Deafness in Disguise was inspired by Max Goldstein’s handwritten notes in describing his intent for the collection, “. . . such a collection should serve a more dignified and useful purpose than simply that of an exhibit of the many curious forms and devices created to exemplify the ideas of inventors.”

The Image Gallery in Deafness in Disguise contains digital images of the bulk of the hearing device collection and includes all types of hearing devices, both mechanical and electronic, and can be searched via keyword or by type of device. A drop-down menu of device types is available for the user to select from.

Exploring Object Virtual Reality: A Manual for Libraries and Museums

Select mechanical and electronic hearing devices from the collection are the focus of Exploring Object VR which features interactive, three-dimensional “movies” of 20 hearing devices including zoom capability.

Publications

Koelkebeck, Marylou, Colleen Detjen and Donald Calvert. Historic Devices for Hearing: The CID-Goldstein Collection. St. Louis, Missouri: Central Institute for the Deaf, 1984.

Sarli, C.C., et. al. “19th-Century Camouflaged Mechanical Hearing Devices,” Otology and Neurotology, 2003 Jul; 24 (4): 691-8).

Organizations

International Society for Historic Hearing Devices

In order to facilitate a greater understanding of hearing devices and to identify similar collections worldwide, the International Society for Historic Hearing Devices (ISHHD) was created in 1999. ISHHD is an informal consortium of organizations and private collectors with hearing device collections. The goals of the Society are to increase awareness of hearing devices, mechanical and electronic; to identify organizations and collectors with hearing device collections; and to share knowledge and resources related to hearing devices. To date, there are 23 members, worldwide, with Washington University Bernard Becker Medical Library acting as the host.

Preferred Citation: [Item description, Item number], The Central Institute for the Deaf-Max A. Goldstein Historic Devices for Hearing Collection., Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
Collection Material Type: Visual Collection
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