This list gives the names of superintendents of schools and institutions - from 1920 - across the U.S.
Alabama School for the Blind - J.S.Ganey
Arkansas School for the Blind - George Tornbarth
California School for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind - L.E. Milligan
Colorado School for the Blind - W. E. Argo
Connecticut School for the Blind - Gordon Hicks
Florida School for the Deaf and Blind - A.H Walker
Georgia Academy for the Blind - G.F. Oliphant
Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind - W.E. Taylor
Illinois School for the Blind - R.W. Woolston
Indiana School for the Blind - G.S. Wilson
Iowa College for the Blind - Francis Eber Palmer
Kansas School for the Blind - Lee Harrison
Kentucky School for the Blind - Susan B. Merwin
Louisiana School for the Blind - J.J. Murphy
Maryland School for the Blind - John F. Bledsoe
Massachusetts School for the Blind - E.E.Allen
Michigan School for the Blind - C.E. Holmes
Minnesota School for the Blind - J.J. Dow
Mississippi School for the Blind - M. L. Batson
Missouris School for the Blind - S.M. Green
Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind - H.T. Menzemer
Nebraska School for the Blind - N.C. Abbott
New Mexico School for the Blind - R.R. Pratt
New York (Batavia) School for the Blind - C.A. Hamilton
North Carolina School for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind - G.E. Lineberry
North Dakota School for the Blind - B.F. Chapple
Ohio School for the Blind - J.O.Lumb
Oklahoma School for the Blind - O.W. Stewart
Oregon School for the Blind - J.W. Howard
Pennsylvania Philadelphia School for the Blind - O.H. Burritt
Pennsylvania Western School for the Blind T.E. McAloney
South Carolina School for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind - N.F. Walker
South Dakota School for the Blind - O.O. Mule
Tennessee School for the Blind - I.S. Wamler
Texas School for the Blind - E.E. Bramlette
Utah School for teh Deaf and Blind - F.M. Driggs
Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind - H.W. McManaway
Washington School for the Blind Mrs.Sadie E. Hall
West Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind - F.L. Burdette
Wisconsin School for the Blind - J.T. Hooper
Wyoming School for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind - ??
[ Editors Note: ean Stenehjem, rejected for this position in 1983, went on to become the Washington State School for the Blind's superintendent. (1990 - 2016)]
March 22, 1983
131 16th Street
Greeley, CO 80631
Mr. William H Miller, Superintendent
Texas School for the Blind
1110 West 45th ST.
Austin, Texas 78756
Dear. Mr. Miller:
This letter is in response to the secondary school principals’' position which is currently open at your school. I am very interested in such a position and do believe I have the qualifications you desire in a person to fill this job.
Approximately 1.5 years ago I had the opportunity to visit your school while supervising a practicum student who was under the direct supervision of Ms. Effie Eastham. I was very impressed with the staff that I met and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the school facilities. This experience created an interest for me in your school and the possibility of seeking future employment with your organization.
Currently I am enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado, completing a degree in special education with emphasis areas in vision and educational administration. I plan to complete my program the summer of 1983.
Enclosed is a copy of my personal vita. I have contacted the University of Northern Colorado Placement Office and they will be mailing you a copy of my credentials. Also enclosed are a copy of my transcripts from the University of North Dakota and the University of Northern Colorado. Should you need the official copies, please let me know and I will contact both University Registrars' offices.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I will be looking forward to hearing from you.
Dean O. Stenehjem
Natalie Barraga - one of the most prominent educators in the state, was first a home economics teacher at TSB. A series of letters marks her career - from being recommended for educational programs to finally being a UT-Austin Professor - and someone to which other students were recommended.
May 27, 1954
Mrs. Natalie Barraga
4200 1/2 Speedway
Dear Mrs. Barraga:
This is to notify you of your appointment as Teacher of Homemaking for the school term beginning September 1, 1954, and ending June 30,1955. It is impossible for me to set your salary as the Austin School Board has not finally decided what will be paid to Austin teachers.
You will be notified as to the opening of school at a later date.
March 13, 1961
Dr. S.C. Ashcroft, Coordinator
Preparation for Teachers of the Visualy Limited
George Peabody College for Teachers
Nashville 5, Tennessee
Dear Dr. Ashcroft:
In reply to your notice concerning possible scholarships, I wish to submit the name of Mrs. Natalie Barraga. I believe that she has had some contact with you. Mrs. Barraga has been employed as Teacher of Homemaking at this school for the past nine years and taught for six years in public schools prior to this time. Her services have been very satisfactory here, but she would like to take the doctor’s degree from Peabody College. She holds a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Texas, and I understand that they recommend her for this work.
Mrs. Barraga has a child who is totally blind and spastic; consequently, it will be necessary for her to have a scholarship which would pay more than $2,000.00 a year. Mrs. Barraga is forty-five years of age and in good health. She would like to enter Peabody College after the close of our present school term. I will certainly appreciate anything you can do to help her realize this ambition.
Very truly yours,
John Best was a beloved superintendent of the 1960s, after W.E. Allen.
April 17, 1969
Dr. Natalie Barraga
Special Education Department
University of Texas at Austin
Sutton Hall 205
Austin, Texas 78712
Dear Dr. Barraga:
This letter is in support of the application of Mr. Phillip Cross for a summer traineeship at the University of Texas.
Mr. Cross has been employed at the Texas School for the Blind on an Emergency Permit during this1968-1969 School year and exhibits characteristics which makes us think he has good potential as a teacher of the visually handicapped. Since he has no specialized training, I think it would be particularly important if your department could help him secure a traineeship for this purpose.
Thank you in advance for your interest and consideration.
John P. Best