The Dorothy Elve Tombaugh Collection
- Created: 1961-1999
- Other: Majority of material found in 1970-1984
- Other: Date acquired: 02/09/2011
- Tombaugh, Dorothy Elve (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
5.50 Linear Feet
4 Hollinger boxes, 2 slide box, and 3 artifact boxes other_unmapped
Biographical or Historical Information
Dr. Dorothy Elve Tombaugh (1917-2009) was a public high school biology teacher who became an expert in the area of accessible science education in the 1960s-1970s. Upon encountering several blind students in her classroom, she sought to make both her lessons and her laboratory accessible to these and other disabled students. She developed new teaching methods, techniques, and equipment modifications which benefited both her blind and sighted students and went on to publish several articles on the subject. Through grants from the National Science Foundation, she traveled the country as a lecturer and consultant on accessible science education.
Roy Tombaugh was born on October 29, 1912 in Grand Ridge, IL. In 1922 his family moved to Burdett, KS, where he worked as a wheat farmer from 1930-1936. From 1937-1941 he attended the University of Arizona and taught at the Tucson Indian Training School during the school year, while working as a power plant operator during the summer in Ganado, AZ. From 1940-1970 he worked as a mechanical engineer for Westinghouse, Alcoa Aluminum, and Bohn Aluminum, where he specialized in extrusion engineering. One of his major projects was the creation of fuel rods for one of the first nuclear submarines. From 1970-1977, he worked as an environmental engineer for General Electric. He retired in 1977 and traveled with his wife during her lecture tours. He passed away in 2002.
Note written by Anna Kresmer
The collection is organized into 7 series:
Source of Acquisition
Accruals and Additions
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Biology - Study and teaching - Methods.
- Biology – Study and teaching – Equipment and supplies.
- Blind students - Education (Secondary) – Biology.
- Blind students - Education (Secondary) – Chemistry.
- Chemistry - Study and teaching - Equipment and supplies.
- Chemistry - Study and teaching - Methods.
- Mainstreaming in education.
- National Science Foundation (U.S.)
- Students with disabilities – Education (Secondary)
- Students with disabilities – Education (Secondary) – Biology.
- Students with disabilities – Education (Secondary) – Chemistry.
- Tombaugh, Dorothy
- Tombaugh, Roy
- Archon Finding Aid Title
- Anna Kresmer
- Description rules
- Language of description
- 09099999: Finding aid revised on December 13, 2011 and on June 1, 2012.