The Edward V. Roberts Papers, 1953-1998 [bulk 1975-1995], consist of writings, professional activities, subject files, and
biographical information documenting Roberts's leading role in the movements for disability rights and independent living.
The majority of the material is about Roberts's professional and political activities; there is limited information on his
personal life. The records include information about Roberts's tenure as the director of the California Dept. of Rehabilitation,
and his involvement in the World Institute on Disability (WID) and Disabled Persons International (DPI). The collection contains
Roberts's speeches, appearances, testimonies, and records of travel throughout the United States and the world as an outspoken
activist for the rights of disabled people.
Edward V. Roberts, 1939-1995, contracted poliomyelitis in 1953 at the age of 14. Surviving the disease, he became a quadriplegic,
requiring the use of a respirator (called an iron lung) Roberts taught himself how to swallow air in order to survive outside
his iron lung and began to attend classes at Burlingame High School once a week as a senior.
11 cartons, 1 oversize box
14.15 linear feet
9 digital objects
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Collection is open for research.