The Leonard A. Robinson Collection
- Created: 1927-1990
- Other: Majority of material found in 1927-1975
- Other: Date acquired: 12/31/2015
- Robinson, Leonard A. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
2.08 Linear Feet
6 boxes, 3 oversize folders other_unmapped
Biographical or Historical Information
Leonard A. Robinson (1904-1980) was a blind lawyer and advocate who worked for the Vocational Rehabilitation Service in the District of Columbia. The program was administered by the Federal Government from 1938-1954 and by the Government of the District of Columbia from 1954-1975.
Upon graduating from Western Reserve University Law School and being admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1929, Robinson began practicing law and served as a member of the Cleveland Chapter of the Welfare Sightless Association in Cleveland, OH. While attending the World Conference on Work for the Blind in New York City in April 1931, Robinson met Joseph F. Clunk of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind of Toronto, Canada, after which Robinson began directing his efforts towards the passage of legislation to create federal work programs for the blind (Bledsoe 1972, 57; Robinson 1975, 13). Two years later Robinson drafted a bill to create blind operated vending stands in federal buildings and Matthew Dunn, a blind representative from Pennsylvania, introduced the bill to the House of Representatives in 1933 (Hiestand 1950, 14; Robinson 1975, 29-33; Koestler 1976, 195-6). The legislation failed, but after meeting Jennings Randolph of West Virginia, the pair worked to draft the Randolph-Sheppard Act which was successfully passed in 1936 (Koestler 1976, 197). Robinson started working for the Federal Government in 1938 as assistant to the supervisor of the vending stand program and served as Director of Blind Services from 1947 until his retirement in 1971.
Note written by David Durden
The collection is organized into 6 series:
Physical Access Requirements
Source of Acquisition
Other Descriptive Information
- Associations, institutions, etc.--Law and Legislation--United States--Congresses.
- Atkinson, J. Robert (John Robert), 1887-1964
- Blind – Employment
- Blind--Rehabilitation--Economic aspects--United States.
- Blind--Services for--Maryland.
- Blind--Services for--United States.
- Blind--Services for--Washington Metropolitan Area.
- Blindness – Social conditions
- Bulkley, Robert Johns, 1880-1965
- Community foundations.
- Department of Education--Rehabilitation Services Administration
- District of Columbia. Mayor’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped
- Foundation for the Handicapped and Elderly, Inc.
- Friedlander, Blaine P., 1928-2013
- George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. Low Vision Center.
- H.R. 4349 (77th Congress)
- H.R. 4688 (74th Congress)
- H.R. 5175 (79th Congress)
- Johns Hopkins University. Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute.
- McCahill, William P. (William Paul Michael), 1916-1999
- Randolph Sheppard Vendors of America
- Randolph, Jennings, 1902-1998
- Randolph-Sheppard Act, 1936; Amended, 1974
- Robinson, Leonard A., 1904-1980
- Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941
- Sloan, Louise L. (Louise Littig), 1898-1982
- Sunga, Roberto N., 1933-
- Swing Trim, Inc. (Swingtrim Corporation)
- The President’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- World Conference on Work for the Blind (1931)
- Archon Finding Aid Title
- David Durden
- Description rules
- Language of description