About Our Founders
Edmund Booth and William E. Ijams are the founders of Iowa School for the Deaf. Booth, an Iowa resident, became deaf at the age of 8 and received his formal schooling at the Hartford School for the Deaf in Connecticut. After moving back to Iowa, he held several political positions and lobbied the Iowa legislature to start a school for the deaf.
A Timeline of the History
ISD has dedicated an entire wing to preserving historical items, many donated by alumni. Rooms, divided into decades of ISD, tell the stories of residential life, ISD’s farming years, and the various philosophies of oralism versus signing. Make an appointment to tour the museum here.
After you have confirmation of an appointment, here is how to find the museum. As you enter campus (north entrance from Wabash Trace), stay to the left. The first building on your right is the Administration Building. Turn into Scott Circle, a semi circle parking area directly in front of the Administration Building. Or, park across the street in the Lied Multipurpose Complex lot and walk to the Administration Building. Once you climb the stairs to the top entrance, press the button to have the door opened. There will be someone to guide you to the museum.
The museum is in the Administration Building on the ISD campus. As you enter campus, stay to the left. Turn right into the semi-circle (the street name is Scott Circle) just after this sign, and park in any open space. Once you climb the stairs to the top entrance, the reception area will be just inside. There will be someone there to guide you to the museum. If you need ramp access, please indicate this when you make your appointment and alternate parking instructions will be provided.