Mary Switzer and Richard Hoover

Print, Photographic

Accession Number: 2007.33.2.21

Description: Glossy black-and-white photograph shows a smiling Mary Switzer, at left, seated at a speaker's table, listening as Dr. Richard Hoover, standing behind a podium, at right, speaks. Stamped in blue ink on reverse: "Chicago Photographers." Handwritten file no. in red marker on reverse: 48645-11. As director of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, HEW, Mary Switzer implemented the overhaul of rehabilitation services for the blind through her Research and Demonstration Program between 1954 and 1970. She vigorously backed orientation and mobility with $5 million in research grants over those years. Dr. Richard Hoover was the father of the long cane travel technique developed at Valley Forge Army General Hospital at the end of WWII. Another copy is held in the O&M Archives; see related record.

Medium: Photographic Paper

Print Size: 10" (h) x 8" (w)

Date: ca. 1965

History/Provenance: Photograph was found in the Richard Hoover biographical file of the C. Warren Bledsoe Manuscript Collection.

Credit Line: Gift of Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Subjects: Photographs