Areas of Study


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’ 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.

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.

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

By the numbers:

  • 50,000+: Individual objects
  • 2,000+: Pieces of artwork, ranging from paintings to sculptures and quilts
  • 1,500+: Films, from silver nitrate reels to DVD
  • 200+: collections from organizations, private individuals, and families


Contact Us


Jim McCarthy

King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255

(202) 250-2604

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