In 2010, the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. established People Ink Press, dedicated to publishing books in the field of disability history.

Featured below is a detailed list of publications from our Abandoned History Series™, available for purchase at our Museum Store or online at the following websites: http://store.museumofdisability.org/books-cards/

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Dr. Skinner’s Remarkable School for “Colored Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Children” 1857-1860
Title:
Dr. Skinner’s Remarkable School for “Colored Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Children” 1857-1860

Authors:
James M. Boles, Ed.D. and Michael Boston, Ph.D.

Publication Date:
October 1, 2010

Length:
37 pages


Just before the American Civil War, Dr. Platt H. Skinner, a pioneer educator of people with disabilities, operated three schools for African-American children who were blind, deaf, or both. An ardent abolitionist, Dr. Skinner was forced to move his school twice. The second school, the subject of this book, was located in Suspension Bridge, New York, at the terminus of the Underground Railroad, on which he may have been a conductor. This book is published in association with the Museum of disABILITY History in hopes that it will raise awareness of the educational challenges that faced minority children with disabilities in the past.

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On the Edge of Town: Almshouses of Western New York
Title:
On the Edge of Town: Almshouses of Western N.Y.

Authors:
Lynn S. Beman and Elizabeth A. Marotta

Publication Date:
March 1, 2011

Length:
96 pages

 

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, towns and cities were bustling places in Western New York. People who could not afford to care for themselves were often sent to a building at the edge of town. Whether they were called almshouses, poorhouses, or county homes, these facilities have a mixed legacy that is both inspiring and controversial. This book tells the story of the almshouses of Western New York.

 

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When There Were Poor Houses: Early Care in Rural New York, 1808-1950
Title:
When There Were Poor Houses: Early Care in Rural New York, 1808 – 1950

Author:
James M. Boles, Ed.D.

Publication Date:
November 1, 2011

Length:
298 pages

 

To prevent them from slipping into the void of abandoned history, When There Were Poor Houses describes the institutions—some highly visible and others lesser known in and near Niagara County—that provided some of the earliest organized care for the blind, deaf, sick, disabled, insane, and destitute. Niagara County, a typical rural county of New York State, serves as a historical model for study of the various institutions – the poorhouses, almshouses, sanatoriums, asylums, orphanages, pest houses, widows’ houses, hospitals, and special schools in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Our predecessors, however harsh and outmoded their care seems now, labored under and along with societal and cultural attitudes that mandated a sense of responsibility toward the needy in their midst. Their early efforts provided a foundation for many of the programs in New York State that offer progressive services to its citizens today.

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An Introduction to the British Invalid Carriage, 1850 - 1978
Title:
An Introduction to the British Invalid Carriage, 1850 – 1978

Author:
Stuart Cyphus

Publication Date:
October 1, 2012

Length:
60 pages

 

This book covers over 128 years of British transportation for people with disabilities. Researched and written by invalid car enthusiast Stuart Cyphus, it contains rare photographs and details of these early adaptive devices—from the hand-propelled tricycles of the 1870s to the final withdrawal of all vehicles from service in 2004.

 

 

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Title:
Abandoned Asylums of New England: A Photographic Journey by John Gray

Publication Date:
December, 2012

Length:
220 pages

Abandoned Asylums of New England offers the work of photographer John Gray, who has captured the final throes of the once majestic monuments of medical treatment. This photographic journey into the world of urban exploration documents the state of some of New England’s storied temples of control, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with disabling conditions. The Museum of disABILITY History provides a historical context for these asylums that heightens the degree of entropy into which these feats of architectural grandeur have fallen. From the gigantic Kirkbride campuses to the airy tuberculosis hospitals, Gray’s photography reveals through its compositions the poignant echoes of the lives lived, and sometimes lost, at these vanishing asylums.

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The Gold Cure Institutes of Niagara Falls, NY, 1890s
Title:
The Gold Cure Institutes of Niagara Falls, NY, 1890s

Author:
James M. Boles, Ed.D.

Publication Date:
March 1, 2013

Length:
51 pages

 

The Gold Cure facilities are credited with developing an enlightened philosophy toward alcohol addiction that viewed it as a disease rather than a moral failing. They were a forerunner to Alcoholics Anonymous, as they eventually included support groups during and after treatment. Up to three times a day, patients were injected with the secret gold cure, afterward experiencing fear, painful muscle spasms, vomiting, choking, burning in the mouth, dizziness, loss of balance, and confusion. The extremely negative experience may have caused the patients to reconsider their bad habits. Proponents of these methods claimed to cure liquor, opium, morphine, other drug addictions, the tobacco habit, and nerve exhaustion.

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Title:

No Offense Intended: A Directory of Historical Disability Terms

Authors:
Natalie Kirisits, Douglas Platt, & Thomas Stearns

Publication Date:
September, 2013

Length:
104 pages

 

The Directory is the result of museum research into the history of early almshouses, hospitals, institutions, and schools. Most of the terms were early practitioners’ attempts to clarify and identify the nature and causes of diseases and deviations in human behavior. As you read the Directory, it is easily seen that, historically, yesterday’s diagnosis can, a few generations later, become negative and enter everyday language.

 

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poorhouse Title:

A Poorhouse Trilogy:

 Questions Relating to Poorhouses, Hospitals and Insane Asylums (1874)

 Handbook for Visitors to the Poorhouse (1888)

 He’s Only a Pauper, Whom Nobody Owns! (1910)

  Authors:

 Reprints from the Museum of Disability History Collection, Introduction by Douglas Farley

 Publication Date:

January 13, 2015

 Length:

128 pages

The Museum of disABILITY History and People Ink Press have combined three historic publications to create “A Poorhouse Trilogy,” These three reprints include: “Questions Relating to Poorhouses, Hospitals and Insane Asylums” by John Ordronaux M.D. (State Charities Aid Association Publication No. 3), 1874; “Handbook for the Visitors to the Poorhouse (1888)” by Frederick Law Olmsted; and “He’s Only a Pauper, Whom Nobody Owns!” by James Oppenheim, written for the American Magazine, June 1910. We hope that this unique pairing of publications from the collection of the Museum of disABILITY History will provide a window in time to better understand the historical treatment of individuals with disabling conditions.

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ivan activity Title:

 Ivan the Invacar Activity Book

Illustrator:

Bon Cunningham

Publication Date:

 2013

Length:

40 pages

The Museum of disABILITY History has just published an Activity Book featuring characters from the Ivan the Invacar children’s book series. Kids can enjoy coloring pictures, answering questions, navigating mazes, completing elementary-level math problems, playing a memory-match game, and more!

 

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Title:of grave

Of Grave Importance: The Restoration of Institutional Cemeteries

Author:

David Mack-Hardiman

Publication Date:

June 16, 2014

Length:

47 pages

 

More than one million people died in American asylums and institutions designed to care for people who had mental illness or developmental disabilities. To protect the privacy of patients or their families, many display no names. Patients were buried by number, in the final act of institutional depersonalization. Row upon row of numbered stones or cast iron markers are all that is left for the thousands and thousands of people buried in such cemeteries. This is a story of renewal and restoration of the dignity of the unnamed dead.

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no harm Title:

They Did No Harm: Alternative Medicine in Niagara Falls, NY 1830-1930 

Author:

James M. Boles, Ed.D.

Date of Publication:

July 9, 2014

Length:

160 pages

In the 1800s medicine was primitive. Physicians often were untrained, and licensing was not yet organized. Many died because of this care, and people had little confidence in doctors. In the same period, healing facilities and health products ranging from medicinal mineral water, patent medicine, food, and devices were developing in Niagara Falls as alternatives to traditional medicine. Established treatments for people with disabilities were crude and seldom effective, so the sanitariums and alternative methods and products were also used to treat diseases of the nervous system and physical and mental disabilities. With good marketing and common wisdom, these enterprises used a variety of colorful methods, mostly harmless, to help their customers. Mainstream medicine at the time was far more dangerous.

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path

Title:

Path to the Institution: The New York State Asylum for Idiots

Author:

Thomas E. Stearns

Date of Publication:

November 4, 2014

Length:

207 pages

The New York State Legislature voted in 1851 to establish an experimental school for idiots. At the time, “idiot” was a generic term used by physicians, educators, lawmakers, and the public to identify people who today would be described as having moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. This book explores the school’s fascinating history-including the origins of the school’s first educational method, the legislative struggle to create the school, the people who were the most influential in the school’s development, and how the school evolved over its 147 year existence. Featuring rare and never before published images, this book provides a unique glimpse into New York’s first state-sponsored school for people with intellectual disabilities.

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hubcap

 Title:

Ivan the Invacar Saves Wobbly Hubcap

 Author/Illustrator:

S. Boles/Bob Cunningham

 Date of Publication:

May 9, 2014

Length:

58 pages

There are many ways to look at disabilities. Ivan the INVACAR is a car that transports his driver Derry, who uses a wheelchair. So, Ivan is an adaptive device to help people with disabilities. However, Ivan is also a reluctant superhero who helps those in need: In this fourth of many adventures, Ivan, using his superpowers and along with his friend, Big Dog, rescue Wobbly Hubcap and returns him to his home on Mable the Morris Minor.

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Ivan the Invacar and the Cave

Author/Illustrator:

Jim Boles/Bob Cunningham

 Date of Publication:

March 28, 2013

 Length:

52 pages

There are many ways to look at disabilities. Ivan the INVACAR is a car that transports his driver Derry, who is in a wheelchair. So, Ivan is an adaptive device to help people with disabilities. However Ivan is also a reluctant superhero who helps those in need: In this third of many adventures, Ivan, using his superpowers and along with his friend, Big Dog, rescue the town from the horrible drought and help Hannah and the Hedge Hogs out of the cave.

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Ivan the Invacar Helps Big Dog

Author/Illustrator:

Jim Boles/Bob Cunningham

 Date of Publication:

June 19, 2016

 Length:

56 pages

There are many ways to look at disabilities. Ivan the INVACAR is a car that transports his driver Derry, who is in a wheelchair, to work. So, Ivan is an adaptive device to help people with disabilities. However, Ivan is also a reluctant superhero who helps those in need: In this first of many adventures, Ivan gains his superpowers and rescues his friend, Big Dog.

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little cat Title:

Ivan the Invacar Helps Little Cat

Author/Illustrator:

Jim Boles/Bob Cunningham

Date of Publication:

December 6, 2012

Length:

40 pages

There are many ways to look at disabilities. Ivan the INVACAR is a car that transports his drive Derry, who is in a wheelchair. So, Ivan is an adaptive device to help people with disabilities. However, Ivan is also a reluctant superhero who helps those in need: In this second of many adventures, Ivan, using his superpowers and along with his friend, Big Dog, rescue Little Cat from high in a tree. This book is published by the Museum of disABILITY History.

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mubu Title:

Mubu the Morph

 Author/Illustrator:

Stephen Nawotniak/Jeffrey Scott Perdziak

 Date of Publication:

June 3, 2015

 Length:

38 Pages

Go on a rhyming adventure with Mubu as he learns through trial and error the secret to being his best self. Vibrant colors and a playful tone amp up the fun factor in Stephen Nawotniak’s engaging story that’s sure to ignite the imaginations of children and adults alike. Illustrated by Jeffrey Scott Perdziak and published by People Ink Press, Mubu the Morph is suitable for children in grades K to 3 and the people who love them.

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