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A Guide to the Lester L. Hale Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hale, Lester L.
Title: Lester L. Hale Papers
Dates: 1940-1956
Abstract: Records related to Hale's work in the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Florida Center of Clinical Services, his work with cleft palate disorders, and his association with Florida's exceptional student education programs.
Extent: 1.7 Linear feet. 4 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 94
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Lester Leonard Hale was born July 6, 1913 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. After a stint as an instructor of speech at Louisiana State University, where he received his Master's (1935) and doctoral (1942) degrees, he joined the University of Florida's Dept. of Speech in 1935. From 1935 to 1939 he was also director of the Florida Players. In 1956, he was appointed Dean of Men and was promoted to Dean of Student Affairs in 1960. He assumed the rank of Vice President for Student Affairs in 1967. He stepped down in 1972 and served for one year as a special advisor in the Office of Academic Affairs surveying the University's career and academic counseling programs. Dean Hale was an accomplished and popular speaker, and his annual reading of the Christmas Carol in the University Auditorium became a campus tradition.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of records related to his work in the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Florida Center for Clinical Studies, his work with cleft palate disorders, and his association with Florida's exceptional student education programs. Also included in the collection are copies of his publications and publicity files related to his reading of the Christmas Carol.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Hale's records related to his directorship of the Florida Players were removed and placed in Series 77 of the Archives' Public Records Collection. His administrative records as dean and vice president are in Series 49c.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lester L. Hale Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 American Speech and Hearing Assoc./Certification
1 Camp Crystal. 1948-1954
1 Child Guidance and Speech Correction Clinic
1 Cleft Palate Conference. 1951
1 Cleft Palate Program. 1952
1 Exceptional Children Personnel Directories, Florida. 1951-1956
1 English Language Instruction. 1951
1 Education for Exceptional Children. 1947-1956
1 Florida Assoc. of Crippled Children
1 Florida Center of Clinical Services
1 Establishment by Committee on Handicapped Persons. 1949-1950
1 Building Plans. 1949
1 Minutes, Clinic Heads. 1950-1956
2 Board of Directors. 1952-1954
2 Budget. 1951-1954
2 Mase correspondence. 1950-1955
2 Medical study. 1952-1953
2 Reports. 1950-1955
2 Curriculum
2 Perspective for Speech
2 Moultrie Speech and Hearing Center. 1956-1957
2 Junior Service League Orthopedic Center, Daytona
2 Public Personnel Services Advisory Comm.
2 Sigma Alpha Eta
3 Speech Correction Program. 1940-1947
3 Speech Correctionists Conferences (3 folders). 1954-1956
3 Speech Readiness
3 Speech Corrections Teachers, Survey of. 1941
3 Speech Corrections Teachers, Certification of Individuals. 1943-1950
3 Speech Corrections Teachers, Certification requirements. 1941-1951
3 Thiamin and speech studies (3 folders)
4 Copies of published articles, publicity for Christmas
4 Carol readings, newspaper clippings

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Speech therapy for children -- Florida -- History.
University of Florida. Center of Clinical Services. Speech and Hearing Clinic.

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