[NFBV-Alexandria] FW: Disability History News

BrianMiller brianrmiller88 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 16:08:46 UTC 2018

Good morning,


In case you don’t already receive this newsletter I thought I’d share it with the chapter as it contains some interesting information about a new documentary on Helen Keller and audio description… Full disclosure: I served as a consultant to this documentary, and depending on how the final edits go, may be one of the talking heads appearing in the film. 




Brian Miller





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Volume  2, No. 1

March 6, 2018 


*	3500 REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS, PLUS, Now @  Yale Medical Library
*	Disability History/Archives Consortium



  <https://gallery.mailchimp.com/49a96f7df054655f976a850e2/images/c3004e02-dbdb-488d-8d31-fe29a8b06f2a.jpg> AUDIO DESCRIPTION COMES TO  AMERICAN MASTERS 

In making  <https://straightaheadpictures.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49a96f7df054655f976a850e2&id=fe6030fc78&e=f31ecac76c> Becoming Helen Keller, a two-hour documentary (work-in-progress) for the PBS series American Masters, it has always been clear that the  program will need to be broadcast with audio description (AD) and closed captioning available.  Although closed captioning has long been established universally, AD is not as common.

What is it? Dr. Cathy Kudlick, Director of the Paul Longmore Institute at San Francisco State, described the advantages of this unique audio track in a film or television program: “Until AD came along … my visually-impaired comrades and I sat clueless during that key turning point in a film when a hand-written letter makes the audience gasp or the dog eating off the wedding banquet table had everyone around us in stitches.”  AD, audio description, is a distinct audio track that provides such information fluidly within a television or film program.  It can also be employed in the theater and at many types of exhibitions and performances.

In a feedback screening of  <https://straightaheadpictures.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49a96f7df054655f976a850e2&id=e2a881043a&e=f31ecac76c> Becoming Helen Keller's first-hour rough cut at the Perkins School For The Blind last fall, AD was included. Michael Kantor, Executive Producer for the award-winning American Masters series attended the screening and said, "As public media, our mission is to create diverse, trusted media content that educates, informs, and entertains our audiences. Going forward, Audio Description will be part of our effort to make the content we produce accessible to as wide an audience as possible."  

Becoming Helen Keller will have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere on American Masters. We are proud to be the prompt for this important step to increase access to content for all.  But this film is still a work-in-progress. Join us when we launch our Kickstarter campaign, later this spring.






3500 REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS, PLUS, Now @  Yale Medical Library  <https://gallery.mailchimp.com/49a96f7df054655f976a850e2/images/61c501a0-773f-4d98-ba18-e6e4fe6ff86f.jpg> 
“I'm feeling separation anxiety," Dr. Robert Bogdan told us, when we asked him about the big move he undertook recently. "It has been a life's work. and now it is elsewhere. I am used to thinking and looking at them much of the time."

DHM fans know that we regularly use elements from the “Robert Bogdan Collection” in our work.  Bob's disability history image collection has greatly enhanced the ability of all disability studies scholars to establish the full range of the representation of people with disabilities in 20th century photography. And, scholars of the future will greatly appreciateo this indefatigable collector's treasure-hunting efforts.  Recently, all 3500 images in the collection were acquired by Yale University’s Medical Library Special Collections, which has already posted a preliminary inventory of the archives online. 

Bogdan is one of disability history’s foundational scholars.  His work is especially attentive to the visual rhetoric of disability, including the material production and distribution context of these ephemeral artifacts—photo postcards, pamphlets, carte de visites. He has written about the images and pamphlets distributed by P. T. Barnum as part of the  American Museum and later in circus sideshows and by disabled beggars selling a variety of services and objects. He coined the phrase "citizen portraits" to describe photo postcards with families and individual photo portraits. His books include Freak Show: Presenting Human Odditites for Amusement and Profit, Picturing Disability, and more.

What many in the disability scholarship community may not know is that Bogdan also has a spectacular collection of panoramic photographs that includes images of mutual aid society members, institutions, union and other laboring groups, atheletic teams, musicians, school faculty and student groups, veterans, and more  He also collects and writese about photographers and postcards associated with the Adirondacks. Bogdan is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social Science and Education at Syracuse University. After teaching for 35 years at Syracuse he and his wife retired to rural Vermont.
 <https://straightaheadpictures.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49a96f7df054655f976a850e2&id=d920224cfb&e=f31ecac76c> Read Yale's Announcement 




  <https://gallery.mailchimp.com/49a96f7df054655f976a850e2/images/af54e295-d839-4169-aae1-c9fb5877ce7c.jpg> MENDICANT PAMPHLETS 
The image to the left is the cover of a 30 page pamphlet. Its colors are faded, and the printing quality is fair at best, but we found this recently at an ephemera show (where collectors go to buy and sell their finds). We go to these events as a form of research, but this post WWI era item was unusual. It includes nearly 25 WWI era cartoons, a dozen jokes and poems as well. Very few of either genre are top quality wit or humor.  The back cover identifies the seller as an "unemployed disabled veteran".

In addition to a few mendicant pamphlets in Bob Bogdan's collection at Yale, we know of three other mendicant "pamphlet" or "broadside" collections.  You can find them at Harvard's Countway Library of Medicine (mostly 19th c.). There are more from a broader period in the "Americana" American History Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and a few are at the Library of Congress.




OUR BEST Social Media REACH YET, 16,600!

  <https://gallery.mailchimp.com/49a96f7df054655f976a850e2/images/bb7c3f67-513c-4c91-ae84-0e2e5ce91d2f.jpg> Hidden Figure Wheels In: Today we honor a little-known civil rights leader, the Reverend Cecil A. Ivory, Sr., NAACP chapter leader in the early 1960s and pastor of the Hermon Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Ivory was from Arkadelphia, AR, but in the 1940s he attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. Later he settled with his family in Rock Hill. Cecil Ivory survived a significant back injury as a child, but he fell off the back of a pick-up truck in 1956, and subsequently used a wheelchair for mobility.  Continue Reading on  <https://straightaheadpictures.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49a96f7df054655f976a850e2&id=95e3148ded&e=f31ecac76c> DHM's Facebook Page.





Disability History/Archives Consortium

You can check out the latest issue of the  <https://straightaheadpictures.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49a96f7df054655f976a850e2&id=22d8da832d&e=f31ecac76c> Disability History Archives Consortium's newsletter. This issue features happenings in Collections at the National Federation of the Blind, an exhibit about the Deaf communities involvement in NASA, work ongoing at the National Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, at the Perkins School for the Blind, and a research request from the indomitable Beth Haller. To send images or request to receive the newsletter, contact  <mailto:mhudson at aph.org?subject=Please%20add%20me%20to%20DH%2FAC%20Newsletter> Micheal Hudson at the American Printing House for the Blind. 





Nicole Inhof, an undergraduate from the University of Massachusetts-Ameherst, and participant in that school's Women & Leadership Program has joined us for the spring semester as an intern working on our Kickstarter campaign preparations. 
Nicole is a finance and sports management major. We would also like to welcome Janna Zwerner, a long time disability advocate from Massachusetts and now Atlanta, Georgia, who is working on our Social Media efforts.  









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