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the haggerty papers

PHOTO: Dennis Haggerty speaks at a podiumPHOTO: Mr. Haggerty addresses audience gathered to acknowledge his gift of his personal papers in 2008.

In 2008, Dennis Haggerty, a Philadelphia-based attorney, respected disability rights advocate, and parent of a child with an intellectual disability donated his personal papers to the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Mr. Haggerty's correspondence, newspaper clippings, photos, and manuscripts document a change in the political and social trends that affected the quality of life for Pennsylvanians with disabilities (and for the disability community nationally). Dating back to 1970, the Haggerty Papers tell the story of a movement that gave people with disabilities equal access to education, freed people with disabilities from institutions, and ultimately allowed people with disabilities to take their rightful place in the community.

The Visionary Voices project collaborated with archivists, librarians, historians, and technicians to preserve the Haggerty Papers and to create a finding aid. The project's long-term goal is to digitize the Haggerty Papers, making select items accessible to users worldwide.

The Haggerty Papers are permanently housed in Temple University's Urban Archives, adding to its formidable collections on disability including the papers of Judge Raymond J. Broderick and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.


Review the content of The Haggerty Collection with this finding aid


For more information, please email lisa.sonneborn@temple.edu


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