Name and location of repository
Level of description
The Central Institute for the Deaf-Max A. Goldstein Historic Devices for Hearing Collection.
82.35 cubic feet (78 boxes, 1 frame)
Scope and content
The hearing devices in the collection range from small hand-held trumpet type devices; long rubber conversation tubes that allow for the user to hold one end to their ear and the other end directly to the speaker’s mouth; large London-dome shaped devices; animal horns; acoustic fans; walking sticks; a leather and metal device manufactured to resemble a water canteen; telescopic devices that could be discreetly folded within a pocket; headpieces for women; beard receptacles for men; the first electronic hearing device model; devices that resemble radios or cameras; devices hidden within barrettes and eyeglasses; early cochlear implant models, and many more. There are very few duplicate devices with many representing the only known extant models in existence.
System of arrangement
Conditions governing access
The collection is open and accessible for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.
Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.
For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (email@example.com).
Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.
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Immediate source of acquisition
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.
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Existence and location of originals
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Rules or conventions
"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."
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