The Max D. Steer papers (1931-2004; 17 cubic feet) document the academic and scientific career of Prof. Steer. The collection details the many different facets of his career at Purdue University including teaching, publishing, primary research, campus-wide, national, and international committee involvement, and awards. This collection would be very useful to anyone researching in the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences at Purdue because Steer is the founder of that department. There is a great deal of documentation on Steer’s committee involvement with American Speech and Hearing Association, International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, and his research on international speech and audiology programs supported by the United States Senate. Types of materials include newspaper clippings and articles, article manuscripts and primary research materials, correspondence, committee minutes and correspondence, publications, and awards. The papers are organized into six series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Committee materials, Published materials, and Artifacts, awards, and audio-visual materials.
History of Speech and Audiology clinic
The program in Speech Pathology at Purdue University began in 1935 when Professor M. D. Steer joined the faculty. Its primary function at that time was to provide remedial services to those university students who had deviant speech skills. A year later, an undergraduate academic training program was started. The graduate program began in 1940. In its earlier years, the program was part of the Department of English. In 1947, the bachelors program was introduced. The first doctoral degree was granted in 1948. The SLHS program was one of the first in the country to achieve accreditation in both speech pathology and audiology from the Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The program has experienced continual growth. In honor of M. D Steer, the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Purdue University was renamed the M. D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics in 2006.