Image of the first words of the act creating the school along with early pics of buildings




This list gives the names of superintendents of schools and institutions - from 1920 - across the U.S.

superintendents of schools for the blind in the U.S. in 1920

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 - ??



Dean Stenehjen application for principal at school for the 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.


1954 Homemaking teacher

May 27, 1954

Mrs. Natalie Barraga
4200 1/2 Speedway
Austin, Texas

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.

Respectfully yours,

W.E. Allen




1961 Barraga Ashcroft ltr


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,


W.E. Allen




John Best was a beloved superintendent of the 1960s, after W.E. Allen.


 john best recommendation letter to Dr. Natalie Barraga at UT


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