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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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Pieces of artwork
Film reels and tapes
For most of our visitors, visiting an archive is a rare and unusual experience. Although archives bear superficial similarities to libraries, our approach to providing access to the materials under our care is very different. For one thing, although a library book can be checked...
Photocopies are subject to copyright law. All photocopying is done by the staff. If requesting photocopies via mail or e-mail, requests must include the title of the item, the call number of the item, and the page number. Insufficient information may delay the photocopy process....
$0.25 per page for Archives staff to create new scans; first 5 pages are free. There is no charge for retrieving material that has already been scanned, or for scanning material without the help of Archives staff. For offsite researchers, no more than 50 pages...
NOTE: Due to the upcoming major renovation of the Merrill Learning Center, the Archives is currently occupying temporary space, which is very limited and does not easily allow large-scale processing. Due to these space limitations, prior to accepting any donation, we require a preliminary email...
The Gallaudet University Archives is responsible for the institutional memory of the University and also strives to preserve the memory of the global Deaf Community. Given the nature of the University's mission, the Gallaudet University Library Deaf Collections and Archives works diligently to build, maintain...
The Little Paper Family Internet Archive - Deaf Rare MaterialsInternet Archive - Deaf Mutes Journal Mexico Independent and Deaf-Mutes' Journal - 1873-1874 (Arranged by year) The Deaf-Mutes' Journal - 1875-1937 (Arranged by year) University Annual Reports - 1858 to 1967 Gallaudet Guide, and Deaf Mutes...
The Archives has created 19 indexes of birth, marriage, and death records derived from various Deaf publications such as "The Silent Worker," The American Annals of the Deaf, "The Frat," and the Fay Marriage Index. Further, genealogy information can be obtained from Gallaudet Alumni Cards,...
Gallaudet University has the world's largest collection on deaf people, deaf culture, deaf history, sign languages, audiology, speech, deaf education and deaf related organizations. The Library Deaf Collections is composed of books, videorecordings, periodicals and other forms of non-print media. These materials are identified in...
ForewordMissionFast FactsProgress Report Goal #1 Goal #2 Goal #3 Goal #4 Conclusion When I joined the Gallaudet University Archives in March 2021, Covid was still raging through the country at levels encouraging the imposition of various restrictions on movement. This included the campus of Gallaudet...
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Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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