Collection Location: The National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland
Collection LocationThe National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland
Collection Overview:Jacobus tenBroek (1911-1968) was a constitutional law scholar and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Blind from the age of seven, he founded the National Federation of the Blind in 1940, the first national memebership organization of blind people in America. He also served as president of the American Brotherhood for the Blind and the International Federation of the Blind, and served as chairman of the California State Social Welfare Board (1960-1963). Dr. tenBroek received law degrees from Berkeley's law school at Bolt Hall and Harvard Law, and his legal scholarship in the area of the 14th ammendment played a role in the Supreme Court's decision to invalidate the separate but equal doctrine in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. His 1966 California Law Review article The Right to Live in the World: The Disabled in the Law of Torts stands as a seminal article in the field of American disability law.