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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Erastus "Deaf" Smith Collection of Steve C. Baldwin, 1985-2012



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Baldwin, Stephen Charles, 1944-
Title: Smith, Erastus "Deaf", Collection of Steve C. Baldwin
Dates: 1985-2012
Abstract: Consisting of papers, articles, clippings, photocopies, original writings, photographs, videos, maps, theater scripts and programs, mounted posters and music sheets, the Erastus “Deaf” Smith Collection of Steve C. Baldwin, 1985-2012, documents the research performed by Dr. Steve C. Baldwin for more than 30 years on the figure of Erastus “Deaf” Smith and his role in the Texas Revolution.
Accession No.: AR 2014-033; 2014-065
OCLC No.: 881092253
Extent: 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

BA in American History, MA in Special Education and PhD in Theater History, Theory and Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Steve C. Baldwin spent more than 30 years researching and writing about Texas Revolution hero Erastus “Deaf” Smith. “Deaf” Smith (1787-1837), who lost his hearing due to a childhood disease, was a scout for Stephen F. Austin’s army, served as a messenger from William B. Travis and fought in the battle of San Jacinto close to Sam Houston. He died and was buried in Richmond, Texas.

As an advocate for deaf rights, Dr. Baldwin was the president, newsletter editor and secretary of the Texas Association of the Deaf between 2006 and 2012, and received several awards from institutions such as the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and the National Association of the Deaf. In 1985 he was awarded a Texas Humanities grant for producing a sesquicentennial play about “Deaf” Smith, premiered at the Texas School for the Deaf on May 25th. In April 2012 he curated an exhibit celebrating “Deaf” Smith’s 225th Birthday that was displayed on the ground floor of the Texas Capitol Rotunda. The event was celebrated with a public commendation from Governor Rick Perry. Dr. Baldwin has also been a history instructor for 39 years in various cities and states, including 17 years at TSD, and authored a theater history book, 30 community plays, 122 cable interview scripts, several documentaries and over 75 articles covering an eclectic list of topics.

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Scope and Contents

Consisting of papers, articles, clippings, photocopies, original writings, photographs, videos, maps, theater scripts and programs, mounted posters and music sheets, the Erastus “Deaf” Smith Collection of Steve C. Baldwin, 1985-2012, documents the research performed by Dr. Steve C. Baldwin for more than 30 years on the figure of Erastus “Deaf” Smith and his role in the Texas Revolution.

The research materials comprise photocopies of original documents obtained at the Texas Rangers Museum and Library, Texas State Archives and the Dolph Briscoe Center. They also include articles and clippings, books, “Deaf” Smith pictorial representations, papers and photographic reproductions, Richmond maps and photographs of monuments, music sheets of traditional Texas songs and documentation about the 1840 Republic of Texas five dollars bill portraying “Deaf” Smith.

Original writings include published articles, an essay and a poem. Programs, scripts, photographs and a video of his play “Deaf Smith: The Great Texian Scout”, first staged in 1985, are also contained in the collection, as well as a Deaf Theater flyer for a later representation of the play in 1998. Also covered by the collection is the 225th Birthday Celebration “Deaf” Smith exhibit displayed at the Texas Capitol in April 2012, including foam board mounted posters and labels.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Baldwin, Stephen Charles, 1944-
Smith, Erastus, 1787-1837
Travis, William Barret, 1809-1836
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas School for the Deaf
Texas Association of the Deaf
Subjects
Smith, Erastus, 1787-1837 -- Pictorial works
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1845
Deaf, Theater for the
Places
Richmond (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also San Jacinto Collection, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Erastus "Deaf" Smith Collection of Steve C. Baldwin, 1985-2012, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, May 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4L994a Panels and Signage (reproductions), Flyer, Script, Documents, 2012
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2.325/T33a Exhibit Panels, Photographs, Signage, 2012
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2x300a Photographs, CDs, 2012
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4L994a Theater
“Deaf Smith” (play), Lights on! Deaf Theater flyer, 1998
“Deaf Smith: The Great Texian Scout”, scripts and programs, 1985
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2.325/D36h Photographs, 1885
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2x74i Video, DVD, 1985
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4L994a Original Writings
Deaf Smith monograph, The Deaf Texan, 2012
“El sordo” article, The Voice Magazine, 1990
Essay and Poem, 1986, undated
Research materials
Article by Swain, The Deaf American, 1969
Artwork Research, 1836-2003
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2.325/D36h Photographic reproductions, 1836-2003
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4L994a Cleburne Huston’s “Deaf Smith: Incredible Texas Spy” (photocopy), 1973
Clippings, maps, photocopies and notes, 1832-1983, undated
Clippings and articles, 1885-2012, undated
Deaf Smith Note, Travis’ Letter, Music Sheets, reproductions, 1830-1832, undated
From Texas Rangers Museum and Library, 1932-1998, undated
From Texas States Archives and Dolph Briscoe Center, 1836-1935, 1989
Notebooks and Clipping, 2013, undated
Republic of Texas Five Dollars Bill, 1964-2011
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2.325/D36h Smith in Texas, photographs, undated

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