Note: The Archives Reading Room (JSAC-1255) will be appointment-only for the summer, starting Monday, May 13th. Appointments are available from 9-4 Monday-Friday. Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page or e-mail us to set up an appointment.

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The Gallaudet University Archives hosts the world’s largest collection of materials related to deaf people, deaf culture, deaf history, signed languages, deaf education, and deaf-related organizations. The Archives also collects, preserves, and provides access to the histories of various deaf communities around the world. These histories include signed languages indigenous to specific countries or regions, deaf publications and organizations, publications from deaf organizations from various countries, educational institutions for the deaf, religious institutions for the deaf, and biographical materials relating to deaf individuals of note.

The Archives’ staff members are specialists with skills ranging from digitization to artwork restoration and preservation. The Archives focuses on collecting, preserving, and providing access to a broad sweeping history of Gallaudet University within a 5-year plan established in 2021.

Archives staff are available to provide consultations upon request. Please contact us for more information.

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Meet the Team

James McCarthy

Manager, Archives

Samuel Hahn

Digital Archives Specialist

Christopher Shea

Collections Archivist

Paige Watson

Associate Collection Management Archivist


Contact Us


King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255

(202) 250-2604

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