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Records of the Goodrich Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Identifier: MS 197

Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, legal information, budgets, agendas, and meeting minutes. Series I contains the history of the Goodrich Center, including building information and materials based on day-to-day office functions such as practicum records, board reports portfolios, client lists, manuals, and master copies of handouts and memos. Series II has Board of Governors meeting minutes, agendas, policies, and procedures. The photographs in Series III focus mostly on the Goodrich Center's Senior Center holiday parties for Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and New Years. Further photographs include Senior Center outings to the Atrium, Fort Worth Zoo, and Fossil Rim, and the group's involvement in children's outreach. The periodicals in Series IV are newsletters from various Deaf and Hard of Hearing organizations in the metroplex, and newsclippings from newspaper and magazine articles about Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, milestones, and topics. Series V contains interpreting manuals for legal matters, laws and bills pertaining to court interpreters, and information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are also documents, billing schedules, Title III information, and directories from the Goodrich Center's interpreting department.


  • 1967-2012
  • Majority of material found in 1979-1988

Biographical / Historical

Maurine Goodrich founded the Goodrich Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 1967, making it the first private social service center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Goodrich Center became a nonprofit organization in 1969 as "Tarrant County Services for the Hearing Impaired". The organization then moved to its permanent location at 2500 Lipscomb Street Fort Worth, Texas 76110. The purpose of the center was to support the Deaf community of North Texas, and "to improve the quality of life and support the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families".

The center provided services and resources for youth, adults, and senior citizens. Some of these services included legal counsel, communication, advocacy, support groups, referrals, job training, employment, financial assistance, case management, high school outreach programs, interpreting, sign language classes, education, and training. A Deaf senior citizens program for adults 60 and older met twice a week at the Goodrich Center. In addition to these meetings, Goodrich's Senior Center enjoyed holiday parties, outings, and events. A cochlear implant support group met on the fourth Sunday of each month from 10-12pm. Video phone services were available to the public Monday through Friday for free. The center also played host to many organizations throughout the years, including the Fort Worth chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, which met once a month.

After experiencing funding constraints, the Goodrich Center closed permanently on Friday, January 27, 2017.


14.00 Linear feet

Language of Materials



The Goodrich Center Collection contains fives series: History, Board of Governors, Photographs, Periodicals, and Legal, and twelve subseries: Office, Plaques and Framed Items, Minutes and Proceedings, Policies and Procedures, Albums, Newsletters, Newspapers, Resources, ADA, and Interpreting.

Physical Location

Wright Storage: 17A1-17A6

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to Mary Couts Burnett Library on March 23, 2017.
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July 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)