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Oral History Interview: Deborah Kent Stein

Identifier: 05-C2012.5

Scope and Contents

1 audio recording, 1:43:06 in length. An interview log with time stamps has been created, but the recording has not been transcribed. 0:00    Introductory Statements / Release 2:20    Ed’s Introduction of his research on Debbie. 3:35    Where and when were you born? 4:58    Upbringing. 7:31    Brother Gordon is also blind / What was the cause of your blindness? 9:31    Do you remember when you realized you were blind? 11:00    Camp Marcella / Brother 11:43    What does blindness mean? 12:15    The Novel Belonging and her real experience. 13:35    Resource Class / Education 14:30    Math / The Taylor Slate 17:04    Recap of blind skills learned. 18:00    Braille class. 20:30    Resources / Mainstream 21:49    First cane. 23:39    Discussion about characters in her work and how they are inspired by real life people / family. 29:18    Did you develop any alternative techniques? 31:07    Leaving Patterson. 34:00    The fight for Mainstreaming. 37:48    Was this the first time seeing blindness as a social problem? 38:56    The 8th Grade. 40:15    All American girls. 41:38    High School. 45:32    How did you get to school without a cane. 47:15    Gordon’s experience. 48:35    College 50:32    Barbra Pierce / Other blind students 54:26    Life at Oberlin. 55:55    Not having blind role models. 57:41    Did your parents socialize you to have certain expectations? 59:27    Did you date in college? 1:00:20    Did you do well at Oberlin? 1:00:53    Smith Social Work School. 1:01:22    Building Resume / Summer Experiences. 1:09:05    Smith’s unique hands on education experience. 1:10:27    Reunion / Type of people 1:12:20    First placement in Cleveland. 1:12:50    Second placement in Boston. 1:14:38    The Job hunting experience. 1:17:53    Golda Edinburg. 1:21:19    Getting a Guide Dog & Getting an Interview. 1:22:02    Interview with the University Settlement House. 1:23:45    Being assigned to the Mental Health Department. 1:25:00    Living on the block with the Hells Angels. 1:26:30    Work / Decision not to get another Guide Dog. 1:28:04    Where you writing while working at the Settlement house? 1:29:30    Leaving New York for San Miguel. 1:32:00    NFB 1:33:33    Talking with Adrienne Asch about blindness in New York 1:36:42    First demonstration as a blind person. 1:37:54    NFB Metropolitan Chapter falls apart. 1:38:42    San Miguel: The Art Colony 1:39:55    Consciousness raising group. 1:41:22    The differences in dialects. 1:42:09    Did you start as a writer while in San Miguel – Not answered needed to make a call.


  • Created: 2012
  • Other: Majority of material found in 2012
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/25/2012


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Biographical or Historical Information

[url=]Featured Book from Your tenBroek Library: Deborah Kent. Belonging: A Novel.[/url] Braille Monitor, October 2012

Note written by Edward Morman


1.00 items

1 digital audio recording, 97MB other_unmapped

Language of Materials



Oral history interview with Deborah Kent Stein collected by Edward Morman on April 25, 2012, in the Recording Studio at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.

Source of Acquisition

Ed Morman

Method of Acquisition

Collected as part of the NFB Oral History Program.

Other Descriptive Information

Interview Log prepared by Alexander Lester, July 2016

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Anna Kresmer
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Repository Details

Part of the Jacobus tenBroek Library, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Repository

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at Jernigan Place
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