Sir Richard and Lady Paget: Papers concerning the Paget Gormon Sign Language

Scope and Content

Papers dealing with the development and use of the 'New Sign Language' for the deaf.

A. Sir Richard Paget: correspondence. 1928-1955 (box 1).

B. Sir Richard Paget: lectures, articles, etc., 1928-1954 (box 2).

C. Lady Paget: lectures, articles, etc., 1928-1954 (boxes 3-4).

D. Manuals of instruction, 1964-1978 (box 5).

E. Research studies, 1973-1988 (box 6).

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Richard Arthur Surtees Paget (1869-1955), 2nd Baronet and barrister, began the 'New Sign Language' (later 'Systematic Sign Language') for the deaf, which was aimed in particular at the teaching of children with hearing and speech problems, in 1934. It was developed by his widow Grace Paget in collaboration with Dr Pierre Gorman. The Paget Gorman Society, a charitable trust which runs courses, publishes manuals, and acts as an examining body in the use of the system, refers to it as 'Paget Gorman Signed Speech'.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

The earlier papers were deposited on indefinite loan by Lady Paget in 1972, with additions in 1974 and 1978. Further deposits were made in February and April 1998 by the Paget Gorman Society.


Former title of collection: Sir Richard and Lady Paget: Papers concerning the Paget Gormon Sign Language.

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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