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Julius Wollmann collection

 Item — Container: Box 1
Identifier: MG.021


The Julius Wollmann collection contains three drawing signed by Cooper alum Julius Wollmann as well as his diploma, all dated 1883. Wollmann was among the first deaf students to attend The Cooper Union.


  • Creation: 1883

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Biographical / Historical

Julius Wollmann was born in Brooklyn in either 1866 or 1867, the son of David and Pauline Wollmann, both immigrants from Prussia. Wollmann was what was then known as a "deaf mute," being unable to hear or speak like other children. He attended the Institution for Improved Instruction of Deaf Mutes as well as the Lexington Avenue School for the Deaf, before enrolling at The Cooper Union as a student in the decorative design program. His family believes him to be the first deaf student to enroll at Cooper. Wollmann went on to become a member of the Brooklyn Society for Deaf Mutes and work as a pocket watch engraver and later as a farmer, owning 66 acres in East Northport, Suffolk County. At some point he abandoned the Wollmann spelling of his name in favor of Wollman, as did his siblings.

(Biographical information provided by grandson Kenneth J.F. Kennedy; longer bio enclosed with materials)


1.667 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

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This collection has been arranged in the order that it was received.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Kenneth J.F. Kennedy.

Mary Mann
August 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections Repository

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