The materials in this collection were produced by Paul K. Longmore (1946-2010), Associate Professor of History at San Francisco
State University and the founder of the SFSU Institute on Disability. The collection documents Longmore's prestigious academic
career as a historian and educator as well as his tenacious advocacy for disability rights and the development of disability
studies as an academic field. It includes personal correspondence and financial records; writings; extensive research files
relating to Longmore's work in colonial U.S. history and in disability studies; audio-visual materials; and artifacts/realia.
Paul K. Longmore, Professor of History and founding Director of the San Francisco State University Institute on Disability,
was one of the first historians to study the social history and experience of people with disabilities. A respected scholar
and author of numerous publications on the disability rights movement and disability history, Longmore delivered keynote addresses
and presentations at conferences across the country and mentored academics, activists, and artists from diverse backgrounds
and disciplines. He was a founder of the Disability History Association, the H-Disability listserv and the American Historical
Association's Taskforce on Disability. As Director of the SFSU Institute on Disability he won major federal research grants
to develop disability studies curricula, to sponsor conferences and symposia, and to establish a certificate program in Independent
63.0 cubic ft.
(135 document boxes, 2 audiocassette tape boxes, 9 bulk video storage boxes, 1 digital media box, 3 record storage cartons,
1 flat oversized box, 1 oversized document box, 1 textiles box).
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Collection is open for research. Access restrictions are placed on material with privacy issues for a specific time period
from the date of creation. Access to personal correspondence from third parties is restricted for 20 years from the date of
creation or until the death of the author, whichever occurs first, and will be further reviewed at that time. Restrictions
are noted at the file level. Contact the University Archives staff for information on access to these files.