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|1810||Born, August 24, Chicopee, Massachusetts|
|1815||Left partially blind and deaf due to illness; became totally deaf 3 years later|
|1828||Entered Hartford, Connecticut “asylum,” or school for the deaf|
|1832||Was asked to become a teacher at the Hartford school even before his own course was finished|
|1839||Went to Iowa, helped to establish the town of Anamosa, near Dubuque|
|1840||Married Mary Ann Walworth, a former student at the Hartford school|
|1840-(1846)||Served as county recorder|
|1843||Went to Iowa City; elected enrollment clerk of the Territorial Legislature|
|1849||Left Iowa for the gold fields of California|
|1854||Returned to Anamosa|
|1856||Became editor of the Anamosa Eureka|
|1858||Bought the Anamosa Eureka; took son, Thomas, as partner|
|1880||Received honorary Master of Arts from National Deaf-Mute College (now Gallaudet College), Washington, D.C., in recognition of his attainments as a scholar and journalist|
|1880||Helped found National Association of the Deaf at a meeting in Cincinnati of deaf persons from all over the U.S.|
|1895||Retired from active work|
|1905||Died, March 29, Anamosa, Iowa|
The Dartmouth College Library received the Papers of Edmund Booth in 1989 and 1990, part of a larger gift from Philip Booth '47, great-grandson of Edmund Booth. Other sections of the gift have been processed separately; the Papers of Frank Walworth Booth, and an Addendum to the Papers of Edmund Hendershot Booth may also be found in Special Collections. The smallest of the three bodies of papers, the Edmund Booth collection is, nevertheless, rich in interesting items. Although totally deaf, Edmund Booth participated in the Gold Rush of 1849 to California, and later, owned and edited a newspaper in Anamosa, Iowa for almost forty years.
Edmund Booth was born August 24, 1810, in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Left partially blind and deaf by illness at the age of five, Booth retained his power of speech, but was unable to go to school. In 1828, he entered the Hartford, Connecticut “asylum,” or school for the deaf, and by 1832 had made such progress that he was asked to become a teacher in the school. He left the Hartford school after five years of teaching and travelled to Iowa, near Dubuque, where he helped to found a new town, Anamosa. In 1840, Booth married a former pupil, Mary Ann Walworth, who was both deaf and mute.
Edmund Booth left Iowa in 1849 to go to the gold fields of California, where he remained five years. His letters to his wife give a fascinating glimpse into life on the trail and in the mining camps of California. He returned home in 1854, and soon bought a newspaper, The Anamosa Eureka, which he ran, with his son, Thomas, until his retirement in 1895.
A highly respected newspaperman, Booth was instrumental in inducing the Iowa legislature to provide for sending deaf children to the Illinois School for the Deaf, and later, to establish the Iowa State School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. In 1880, he helped to found the National Association of the Deaf, at a meeting in Cincinnati, of representative deaf persons from all over the United States. Also in 1880, Booth received an honorary Master of Arts degree from the National Deaf-Mute College (now Gallaudet College) in Washington, D.C., in recognition of his attainments as a scholar and journalist. Edmund Booth died in 1905 in Anamosa, Iowa.
The Papers of Edmund Booth are housed in 2 boxes, occupying 2.5 linear feet of shelf space. The materials consist of books, newspaper clippings, letters, journals, photographs and miscellaneous other items. Booth's letters to his wife, describing life on the trail and in the mining camps of California, are of particular interest, as are the family letters and Booth's journals, written from 1832-1837 while he was at the Hartford School. References in the collection to Edmund Booth: Forty-Niner, are to a book published by the San Joaquin Pioneer and Historical Society of Stockton, California, in 1953; a copy is housed in Special Collections.
No restrictions have been placed on the use of this collection; photocopying may be done at the discretion of Special Collections staff. Further information concerning Edmund Booth and the Booth family is available in Special Collections in the Dartmouth College Library.
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||Book: Representative Deaf Persons of the United States of America...containing...Portraits
and Character Sketches of Prominent Deaf Persons Who Are Engaged in the Higher Pursuits
of Life, edited by James E. Gallagher; Chicago: James E. Gallagher, Publisher, 1898
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||Book: The Walworths of America. Comprising Five Chapters of Family History with Additional
Chapters of Genealogy, by Clarence A. Walworth; Albany: The Weed-Parsons Printing Company, 1897
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||Certificate of election of Edmund Booth to the position of County Recorder, Jones
County, Iowa Territory; 1844
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||Clippings; 1891, 1894, 1898, 1929, 1931, 1954-1955
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||Description of the wedding of Edmund Booth and Mary Ann Walworth, written by Thomas
Eyre Booth; carbon, undated
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||Index cards with names and addresses of persons and institutions to receive copies
of Edmund Booth: Forty-Niner; undated
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||Arthur Walworth to Thomas Eyre Booth; 1905
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||Edmund Booth to Frank W. Booth; 1873, 1898
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||Frank W. Booth to Edmund Booth; 1900, 1902-1903, 1905
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||Mary Ann Booth to Edmund Booth; 1868
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||Letters to Edmund and Mary Ann Booth from their son, Frank W. Booth; 1885-1886, 1889-1890, 1892-1897, undated
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||Letters to Edmund and Mary Ann Booth from Walworth relations; 1890, 1895, undated
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||Letter to Mary Ann Booth from Reynolds and Co., Dr. G. B. Minter, of Sonora, California;
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||Letters to and from Edmund Hendershot Booth concerning the book, Edmund Booth: Forty-Niner; 1952-1955, 1957, undated, with photograph of Edmund Booth for a book of biographies of notable deaf persons;
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||Misc.; 1853, 1866, 1902, undated
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||Page proofs of title pages of book, Edmund Booth: Forty-Niner, published by San Joaquin Pioneer and Historical Society, Stockton, California; 1953
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||Pamphlet: The Peacock Letters, April 7, 1850 to January 4, 1852, published by San Joaquin Pioneer and Historical Society, Stockton, California; 1950
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||Photocopies of letters from Edmund Booth to Mary Ann Booth from Iowa City, Iowa; 1844
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||Photographs of Caleb C. and James J. Walworth, brothers of Mary Ann Booth; undated
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||Photographs of Edmund Booth in middle and old age; ca. 1862, 1904, undated
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||Photographs of Mary Ann Booth in middle and old age; undated
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||Photographs of Walworth relatives; undated
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||Printing block of the photograph of Edmund Booth; undated
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||Program: Exercises at the Presentation and Unveiling of the Memorial Statue to Thomas Hopkins
Gallaudet, at Kendall Green, Washington, D.C.; June 26, 1889
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||Recommendation of Mary Ann Booth to the Christian community, by her pastor, Lemuel
Foster, Bethel, Bond County, Iowa; 1844
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||Texts of sermons preached by various speakers at the Hartford Asylum for the Deaf
and Dumb; 1831, 1833
|Edmund Booth: Oversize Materials
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||Book: The New York Mirror: A Weekly Journal, Devoted to Literature and the Fine Arts; July 7, 1832 - June 29, 1833, bound between boards
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||Photocopies of letters, Edmund Booth to Mary Ann Booth, from the California mining
camps; 1849-1853, undated, negative photocopies