Guide to the Tom W. Tillman (1931-2000) Papers

Collection Title: Tom W. Tillman (1931-2000) Papers
Dates: 1949-2000
Identification: 20/61
Creator: Tillman, Tom W. (Tom Whitten), 1931-2000
Extent: 12 Boxes
Abstract: The Tom W. Tillman Papers document Tillman’s career at Northwestern as well as his professional activities in audiology. The papers, filling twelve boxes, span the dates 1949-2000 and include biographical materials, education files, general correspondence, subject correspondence, committee files, teaching files, research files, speeches/addresses/papers, and publications.
Acquisition Information: The Tom W. Tillman Papers were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Professor Tillman in two accessions: Accession #89-143 on August 10, 1989 and Accession #90-129 on August 21, 1990.
Processing Information: Morgen MacIntosh, May/June 1998
Separated Materials: Seventeen inches of duplicates and extraneous materials were discarded. One half-size archival box of material pertaining to Professor Raymond Carhart was transferred to the Raymond Carhart Papers, Series 20/13. One folder and several boxes of slides, and one VHS videotape of the 1990 School of Speech Honors Convocation, were transferred to the University Archives Audio-visual Collection.
Conditions Governing Access: Access is restricted on the following records: Box 1, Folder 2; Box 5, Folder 11; Box 6, Folder 12; Box 7, and Folder 11. These materials may only be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.
Related Materials: Alumni Biographical Files, Series 51/14, Box 588.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Tom Whitten Tillman was born in Dill City, Oklahoma, on December 2, 1931. He received both his B.A. (1954) and M.A. (1955) from the University of Oklahoma. While completing his masters degree, Tillman was an Instructor in Speech at the University of Oklahoma’s Speech and Hearing Clinic. In 1957, he resigned from this position to attend Northwestern University in pursuit of a Ph.D. degree in Audiology.

Tillman presented his doctoral dissertation, “Masking by Narrow Bands of Noise in Normal and Hearing Impaired Listeners,” at the 1959 convention of the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Tillman returned to the University of Oklahoma as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Director of Audiological Research in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. He resigned his position in 1960 because he was dissatisfied with the administrative organization of the Department of Speech at the University.

In 1960, Tillman accepted a Research Audiologist position at Northwestern University, beginning an affiliation that lasted thirty-one years. He became a member of the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of Speech in 1961. From 1961-1964 Tillman was Associate Director of the Auditory Research Laboratories. He became an Associate Professor in 1964, a full Professor in 1968, and upon his retirement in 1991, Professor Emeritus. Tillman served as Associate Dean of the School of Speech from 1972-1990, Acting Dean of the School during the Summer of 1983, and Interim Dean of the School in January 1988. Tillman participated in and chaired numerous committees at Northwestern, including university-wide committees as well as those in the School of Speech, and the Department of Communicative Disorders. Tillman was a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association from 1955-1989 and was elected a Fellow of the ASHA in 1965. He served ASHA in various capacities, including Vice-Chairman for Examinations of the Committee on Clinical Certification (1970- 1972). In 1985, he represented the Ad Hoc Committee on Cochlear Implants at the International Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Melbourne, Australia. Tillman was awarded a Basic Clinical Certificate in Hearing in 1956, an Advanced Clinical Certificate in Hearing in 1962, and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology in 1965 from ASHA. Most of his scholarly papers were written for presentation at ASHA conventions.

From 1965-1970, Tillman was the recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. He was member of several national technical committees, including the NAS-NRC Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics and Biomechanics (1966-1971) and Exploratory Group S-3-X-43, United States of America Standards Institute to Study Methods of Calibration of Bone Vibrators (1968-1972). Tillman was President Elect, Northwestern Chapter (1982), and later President (1983) of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of North America.

Tillman contributed over thirty research articles to various scientific and professional journals, reflecting his major interests in speech audiometry, auditory masking, bone conduction, differential audiology, and measurement of sensorineural activity.

Tillman directed twelve Ph.D. dissertations at Northwestern University in the Audiology and Hearing Impairment Program. In addition, he served as a member of 61 other Ph.D. dissertation committees at the University, including 54 in the Audiology and Hearing Impairment Program, six in the Speech/Language pathology Program, and one in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Tom Tillman died on March 27, 2000. He was survived by his wife, Helen (Northwestern University, MS in Journalism, 1972), two children, and five grandchildren.

Scope and Content

The Tom W. Tillman Papers documenting Tillman’s career at Northwestern, and his professional activities, fill twelve boxes, including one half-size box. The papers span the dates 1949-2000 and are arranged in eight categories: education files, general correspondence, subject correspondence, committee files, teaching files, research files, speeches/addresses/papers, and publications. These are preceded by one folder of biographical materials.

The education files consist primarily of class notes which Tillman took as a graduate student in Northwestern’s Department of Communicative Disorders. The folders are arranged chronologically by year, and then alphabetically by course name or folder title.

General correspondence is arranged chronologically by date; subject correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent’s surname, by organization, or by topic, and within each folder chronologically by date.

The committee files record Tillman’s participation as a member of various Northwestern University faculty committees and professional organizations. They contain correspondence to and from Tillman, meeting notes, and materials reviewed or generated by the respective committees. The folders are arranged alphabetically by committee name, beginning with committees associated with Northwestern University. The contents of each folder are organized chronologically by date.

The teaching files consist mainly of course syllabi, reading lists, and lecture notes.

Lecture materials from classes Tillman taught in the School of Speech at Northwestern are organized by class number, while materials relating to lectures he gave in departments outside the School of Speech are arranged alphabetically. There are also two folders of lectures Tillman gave while a member of the faculty of the University of Oklahoma.

The research files include materials relating to Tillman’s grant from the National

Institutes of Health, as well as graphs and charts resulting from hearing tests administered at Northwestern. These files are organized alphabetically by title of project or study.

There are three boxes of speeches, addresses, and papers arranged alphabetically by title. Conference dates and locations, if known, are indicated on the container list. Within each folder the materials are organized in the following order: correspondence, program of the conference (if available), research materials and notes, drafts, and the final version.

The publication files, consisting of article reprints and a prologue, are arranged

alphabetically by title. Materials in the article reprints files are arranged chronologically by date.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Speech--Administration

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Speech--Faculty

Personal Name

Tillman, Tom W. (Tom Whitten), 1931-2000

Subjects

Audiology--Study and teaching--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical
    • Biographical Materials, 1961-2000Box 1, Folder 1
  • Education
    • University of Oklahoma - Grades, 1949-1957Box 1, Folder 2
    • Psychoacoustic Methods in Speech Correction and Audiology, D-55, 1957Box 1, Folder 3
    • Psychological Techniques in Speech Correction and Audiology, C-54, 1957Box 1, Folder 4
    • Advanced Statistics, D-67, 1958Box 1, Folder 5
    • Anatomy of the Hearing Mechanism, C-57, 1958Box 1, Folder 6
    • Community and Industry Programs in Audiology, D-50, 1958Box 1, Folder 7
    • Hearing Aids and Residual Hearing, C-56, 1958Box 1, Folder 8
    • Independent Study, D-99, 1958Box 1, Folder 9
    • Principles of Clinical Audiology, D-56, 1958Box 2, Folder 1
    • The Psychology of Deafness, D-54, 1958Box 2, Folder 2
    • Techniques and Interpretation of Hearing Tests, C-50, 1958Box 2, Folder 3
    • Ph.D. Dissertation Data, 1959Box 2, Folder 4
    • Examination for Advanced Certification in Hearing, 1961Box 2, Folder 5
    • Qualifying Exam in Clinical Audiology, n.d.Box 2, Folder 6
    • Qualifying Exam in Language Pathology and Psychology of Deafness, n.d.Box 2, Folder 7
    • Qualifying Exam in Psychoacoustics and Research Design, n.d.Box 2, Folder 8
  • Correspondence, General
    • Correspondence, 1979-1983Box 2, Folder 9
    • Correspondence, 1984Box 2, Folder 10
    • Correspondence, 1985-1986Box 2, Folder 11
    • Correspondence, 1987-1992Box 3, Folder 1
  • Correspondence, Subject
    • “A”, 1969Box 3, Folder 2
    • ASHA Professional Services Board - Site Visit Kent State University, 1969Box 3, Folder 3
    • Audiology Study Group, 1968-1969Box 3, Folder 4
    • “B”, 1969-1977Box 3, Folder 5
    • Bell-Berti, Fredi, 1981-1983Box 3, Folder 6
    • “C”, 1968-1976Box 3, Folder 7
    • Carhart, Raymond, 1965-1974Box 3, Folder 8
    • Carhart, Raymond - Death of, 1975-1984Box 3, Folder 9
    • Carhart, Raymond - Portrait fund and research colloquium, 1972-1973Box 3, Folder 10
    • Contracts / Job Offers, 1954-1972Box 3, Folder 11
    • Communicative Disorders Building, 1966-1972Box 3, Folder 12
    • “D”Box 4, Folder 1
    • Dissertation Committees, 1962-1981Box 4, Folder 2
    • “E”, 1969-1976Box 4, Folder 3
    • Evaluation of Proposed MA Program: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, St. John’s University, 1981-1982Box 4, Folder 4
    • “F-K”, 1963-1978Box 4, Folder 5
    • Knowles, Hugh - Honorary Degree Nomination and Hugh Knowles Center, 1979-1986Box 4, Folder 6
    • “L”, 1971-1975Box 4, Folder 7
    • Letters Never Sent, 1979-1988Box 4, Folder 8
    • Letters of Recommendation, 1973-1989Box 4, Folder 9
    • Letters of Recommendation - Students, 1964-1978Box 4, Folder 10
    • “M”, 1966-1978Box 4, Folder 11
    • Mid America Research Foundation, 1970-1972Box 4, Folder 12
    • “N”, 1971-1978Box 4, Folder 13
    • National Institutes of Health Research Career Program, 1963-1975Box 4, Folder 14
    • Northwestern University Strike, 1970Box 5, Folder 1
    • “O-R”, 1967-1978Box 5, Folder 2
    • “S”, 1964-1978Box 5, Folder 3
    • “T-V”, 1971-1977Box 5, Folder 4
    • Ver Steeg, Clarence L., 1975-1986Box 5, Folder 5
    • “W”, 1964-1976Box 5, Folder 6
    • Wood, Roy V., 1984-1990Box 5, Folder 7
  • Committee Files
    • Northwestern University General Faculty Committee, 1969-1970Box 5, Folder 8
    • Northwestern University Medical School - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Search Committee, 1987-1988Box 5, Folder 9
    • Northwestern University School of Speech Committee on Research and Grants-in-Aid, 1963-1967Box 5, Folder 10
    • Northwestern University School of Speech Dean Search Committee, 1971-1972Box 5, Folder 11
    • Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Task Force on Speech and Hearing, 1984Box 5, Folder 12
    • ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on Cochlear Implants, 1985-1986Box 5, Folder 13
    • International Cochlear Implant Symposium, 1985Box 5, Folder 14
    • National Research Council Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics, and Biomechanics “CHABA” Working Group 49, 1966Box 5, Folder 15
    • National Research Council Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics, and Biomechanics “CHABA” Working Group 52, 1967-1973Box 5, Folder 16
    • United States of America Standards Inst. Exploratory Group S-3-X-43, Focus: Method of Calibration of Bone Vibrators, 1968-1972Box 6, Folder 1
    • WRASCA Committee / W.Dixon Ward, Chairman, 1969-1971Box 6, Folder 2
  • Teaching Files
    • B-61 Background of Speech Science, 1960-1961Box 6, Folder 3
    • C-02 Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing Mechanism, 1963-1969Box 6, Folder 4
    • C-05-2 Psychoacoustic Instrumentation Applications, 1969-1972Box 6, Folder 5
    • C-06 Introduction to Psychoacoustics, 1969Box 6, Folder 6
    • C-16 Speech Audiometry and Hearing Aids Class Projects, 1973-1977Box 6, Folder 7
    • C-16 Speech Audiometry and Hearing Aids Course Evaluations, 1971-1978Box 6, Folder 8
    • C-16 Speech Audiometry and Hearing Aids Course Schedules and Reading Lists, 1963-1978Box 6, Folder 9
    • C-16 Speech Audiometry and Hearing Aids Lecture Notes, 1966-1975Box 6, Folder 10
    • C-16 Speech Audiometry and Hearing Aids Mid-Term and Final Exams, 1970-1977Box 6, Folder 11
    • C-16 Speech Audiometry and Hearing Aids Student Papers, 1973Box 6, Folder 12
    • C-17 Principles of Differential Audiometry, 1963-1967Box 7, Folder 1
    • C-56 Hearing Aids and Residual Hearing, 1961Box 7, Folder 2
    • C-57 Anatomy & Physiology of the Hearing Mechanism, 1960Box 7, Folder 3
    • D-16-1 Principles of Audiological Evaluation, 1969-1975Box 7, Folder 4
    • D-16-2 Principles of Audiological Evaluation, 1968Box 7, Folder 5
    • D-17 Industrial Hearing Conservation, 1971-1974Box 7, Folder 6
    • D-18 Trends in Contemporary Audiology, 1966Box 7, Folder 7
    • E-16 Seminar in Audiology, 1967-1970Box 7, Folder 8
    • Northwestern University Ph.D. Seminar, 1961-1962Box 7, Folder 9
    • Northwestern University Special Lecture Assignments, 1962-1977Box 7, Folder 10
    • Northwestern University Class Rosters and Grade Book, 1971-1978Box 7, Folder 11
    • Northwestern University Medical School, Department of Otologic Surgery - Audiology Sections, 1961-1962Box 7, Folder 12
    • Northwestern University Medical School, Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, Basic Science Course Lectures, 1969-1975Box 7, Folder 13
    • Northwestern University Medical School Neurophysiology Seminar, Lecture-Physiology of the Ear, 1963Box 7, Folder 14
    • University of Oklahoma, Speech 332 Instrumentation and Clinical Procedure in Audiology, 1959Box 7, Folder 15
    • University of Oklahoma, Speech 333 Theoretical Concepts in Audiology, 1960Box 8, Folder 1
  • Research Files
    • Audiology Laboratory Test Graphs, 1958-1969Box 8, Folder 2
    • CHAOS (Changes in Hearing with Azimuth Ordering of Signals) NIH Research Grant, 1966-1967Box 8, Folder 3
    • HADES (Homophasic, Antiphasic and Delay Effects Study) NIH Research Grant, n.d.Box 8, Folder 4
    • IDLE I and IDLE II, NIH Research Grant, 1968Box 8, Folder 5
    • NIH Masking Study, NIH Research Grant, n.d.Box 8, Folder 6
    • Northwestern University Audiology Tests, n.d.Box 8, Folder 7
    • Perceptual Masking Pilot Study #1, NIH Research Grant, n.d.Box 8, Folder 8
    • Peripheral Masking Study, 1974Box 8, Folder 9
    • Pure Tone-Noise Band Study, 1959Box 8, Folder 10
    • Pure Tone-Noise Band Study, 1959Box 8, Folder 11
    • Pure Tone-Noise Band Study, 1959Box 8, Folder 12
    • Speech and White Noise, 1972Box 8, Folder 13
  • Speeches/Addresses/Papers
    • “Adult Hearing Problems” - Lecture to Cherub Program, Evanston, 1972Box 9, Folder 1
    • “The Assessment of Sensorineural Activity” - International Symposium on Sensorineural Hearing Processes and Deafness, Detroit, 1965Box 9, Folder 2
    • “Audiologic Diagnosis of Acoustic Tumors” - Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society Meeting, Chicago, 1965Box 9, Folder 3
    • “Audiologic Manifestations of Acoustic Tumors” - Surgical Conference - Arizona Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Phoenix, 1966Box 9, Folder 4
    • Audiometric Technicians Training Course, Lectures, 1966Box 9, Folder 5
    • “Auditory Efficiency of Flight Personnel”, 1968Box 9, Folder 6
    • “Auditory Function of the Hearing Impaired” - USAF Research Project Formal Progress Reports, 1965-1966Box 9, Folder 7
    • Auditory Tests in Diagnosis - American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (AAO&O) Instruction Section, 1960Box 9, Folder 8
    • Auditory Tests in Diagnosis - AAO&O Instruction Section Course 510, 1964Box 9, Folder 9
    • Auditory Tests in Diagnosis - AAO&O Instruction Section Course 508, 1965Box 9, Folder 10
    • Auditory Tests in Diagnosis - AAO&O Instruction Section Course 518, 1966Box 9, Folder 11
    • Auditory Tests in Diagnosis - AAO&O Instruction Section Course 530, 1967Box 9, Folder 12
    • Auditory Tests in Diagnosis - AAO&O Instruction Section Course 526, 1968Box 9, Folder 13
    • Auditory Tests in Differential Diagnosis - OSHA Spring Conference, Oklahoma, 1965Box 9, Folder 14
    • “Comments on the Effect of Circumaural Earphones on Auditory Threshold”, 1964Box 9, Folder 15
    • “The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child in the Classroom” - Oklahoma CEC State Meeting, 1959Box 9, Folder 16
    • “Decruitment”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 17
    • “Differential Masking of Spondees by Continuous Discourse and Sentences” - ASHA Convention, Las Vegas, 1974Box 9, Folder 18
    • “Effect of Competing Speech on Aided Discrimination of Monosyllabic Words” - ASA Fall Meeting, Ann Arbor, 1963Box 9, Folder 19
    • “The Effect of the Head Shadow on the Reception of Speech” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1963Box 9, Folder 20
    • “Effects of Azimuth on Monaural and Binaural Speech Discrimination Under Conditions Simulating Aided Listening” - ASH Convention, San Francisco, 1964Box 10, Folder 1
    • “Effects of Hearing Loss on Intelligibility of Degraded Speech in Noise” - ASHA Convention, 1972Box 10, Folder 2
    • “Effects of Speaker-to-Listener Distance Upon Speech” - ASHA Convention, Detroit, 1973Box 10, Folder 3
    • “Effects of Vocabulary Familiarization on Speech Discrimination Test Performance” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1967Box 10, Folder 4
    • “Facts and Fallacies about Hearing Aids” - ASHA Spring Conference, Oklahoma, 1965Box 10, Folder 5
    • “Forward Masking in Normal and Hearing Impaired - Listeners” ASHA Convention, Washington, D.C., 1975Box 10, Folder 6
    • “Further Study of the SAL Test” - AAO&O Committee for Research in Otolaryngology, Chicago, 1961Box 10, Folder 7
    • “Hearing Aids and Sensorineural Hearing Loss” - American Otological Society, Hollywood, Florida, 1968Box 10, Folder 8
    • “History of Audiology at Northwestern University”, 1977Box 10, Folder 9
    • “The Influence of Reverberation and Noise on the Speech Intelligibility of Normal Hearing and Hard of Hearing Children in Classroom Size Environments” - ISHA Convention, Chicago, and ASHA Convention, Washington, D.C., 1975Box 10, Folder 10
    • “Interrelations between Auditory Lesions and Hearing for Speech” - USAF Research Project, Formal Progress Report VII, n.d.Box 10, Folder 11
    • “Interrelationship of Noise and Hearing” - The Chicago Hearing Society Symposium on Environmental Noise, 1970Box 10, Folder 12
    • “An Investigation of Bone Conduction Audiometry”, 1960Box 10, Folder 13
    • Lectures, Utah State University, 1970Box 10, Folder 14
    • “Map Versus MAF for Spondees: Nothing’s Really Missing” - ASHA Convention, Detroit, 1973Box 10, Folder 15
    • “Masking by Air- and Bone- Conducted Noise in Normal and Hearing Impaired Listeners” - USC Communicative Disorders Seminar 630, Los Angeles, 1971Box 10, Folder 16
    • “Masking Level Differences (MLD’s) for Speech in Elderly Women” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1971Box 10, Folder 17
    • “Masking by Narrow Bands of Noise in Normal and Impaired Ears” - ASHA Convention, Cleveland, 1959Box 10, Folder 18
    • “Masking in Speech Audiometry: The Critical Ratio” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1971Box 10, Folder 19
    • “Masking of Spondees by Forward and Backward Speech” - ASHA Convention, 1972Box 10, Folder 20
    • “Masking of Tones by Air-Conducted Noise in Normal and Hearing Impaired Listeners” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1969Box 10, Folder 21
    • “Masking of Tones by Bone-Conducted Noise in Normal and Hearing Impaired Listeners” - ASHA, Chicago, 1969Box 11, Folder 1
    • “Modern Trends in Managing Hearing Problems” - Alabama Speech and Hearing Conference, Birmingham, 1963Box 11, Folder 2
    • “Monaural Perceptual Masking” - ASHA, Chicago, 1971Box 11, Folder 3
    • “Monaural Versus Binaural Discrimination for Filtered CNC Materials” - ASHA Convention, San Francisco, 1964Box 11, Folder 4
    • “Monaural Versus Binaural Discrimination for Filtered Speech I Subjects with CNS Lesions” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1965Box 11, Folder 5
    • “Perceptual Masking” - ASHA Convention, Denver, 1968Box 11, Folder 6
    • “Perceptual Masking in Elderly Persons” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1971Box 11, Folder 7
    • “Perceptual Masking: Monaural vs. Binaural Behavior” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1971Box 11, Folder 8
    • “Professional Standards in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology” - Presentation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981Box 11, Folder 9
    • “Relationships between Signal Parameters and Threshold in a Patient with Acoustic Neurinoma” - ASHA Convention, Washington, D.C., 1966Box 11, Folder 10
    • “Research in Advanced Audiologic Tests” - Lecture to Pre-doctoral Students in Audiology University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1966Box 11, Folder 11
    • “The SAL Test: Promising Yet Discouraging” - Chicago Audiology Study Group, 1961Box 11, Folder 12
    • School of Speech Honors Convocation Address, 1990Box 11, Folder 13
    • “A Simulated In-flight Hearing Test Utilizing Speech Stimuli” - NATO/AGARD Aerospace Medical Panel Symposium, Brooks AFB, Texas, 1969Box 11, Folder 14
    • “Simultaneous and Forward Masking in Normal & Hearing Impaired Listeners” - Wayne State University Audiology Seminar Series, 1975Box 11, Folder 15
    • “Some Relations between Earphone and Sound Field Spondee Threshold Sound Pressure Levels” - ASHA Convention, Chicago, 1965Box 11, Folder 16
    • “Special Diagnostic Tests” - Summer Lecture at NIU, 1962Box 11, Folder 17
    • “Special Hearing Tests in Otoneurologic Diagnosis” - Microsurgery of the Ear Workshop, Northwestern, 1967Box 11, Folder 18
    • “Speech Audiometry: Evolution, Present Status and Future Development” - NYSHA Convention, Monticello, New York, 1971Box 12, Folder 1
    • Speech Notes, 1977-1989Box 12, Folder 2
    • “Usefulness of Auditory Tests in Specifying Site of Aural Lesion” - Otology Conference, Chicago, 1968Box 12, Folder 3
  • Publications
    • Article Reprints, 1959-1966Box 12, Folder 4
    • Article Reprints, 1966-1982Box 12, Folder 5
    • “Audiology - A Young Science”, 1972Box 12, Folder 6