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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 locations such as: Deaf Stacks, Deaf Media, Deaf Videos (DVDs and VHS), Deaf Periodicals, and Deaf Microfilm. These materials are located on the main floor of the Merrill Learning Center (MLC). The deaf vertical files, which include the Deaf Subject Vertical File, Deaf Biographical Vertical File, and Deaf School Vertical File are also on the main floor; these Files require the assistance of Library staff. The Deaf Copy 1 material, if not available in the Deaf Stacks, also requires the assistance from Library staff.
The Archives contains manuscripts, photographs, portraits, films, rare books and autographed books, artifacts, and other materials or items. Archival call numbers have several locations, such as: MSS, SMSS, Gallaudetiana, Portraits, Deaf Film, and others. These materials may be obtained in the Archives Research Room, B125 in the Merrill Learning Center.
CMS Citation Information for Archive material collections
Resource Type: Archives & Exhibits
The Gallaudet University Archives is responsible for maintaining the University's institutional memory, which includes departmental records. Below is a link for the table of our Departmental Records.
First Annual Report of the Columbia Institution for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind for the Year Ending June 30, 1858
A list of previous commencement speakers and student speakers.
Gallaudet University Historical Photograph Collection
This timeline, developed by Gallaudet University Archives, traces 150 years of campus history 1864-2014. As with all history research, this timeline is a work in progress.
Resource Type: History
Mexico Independent and Deaf-Mutes' Journal
National Deaf Mute Gazette
A historical collection of On the Green divided into time periods.
The Archives holds thousands of photographs in its repository, which are divided into 11 main categories.
Gallaudet University has been governed by 11 presidents since 1864. Each president's official correspondence, records, and papers are processed at the end of their term. The processed papers become part of the Presidential Papers collection.
The Student Sports Collection consists of awards, brochures, handbooks, letters, news clippings and releases, program books, reports, rosters, schedules, scores and statistics, tournaments, and information on traditions related to athletics programs at Gallaudet University from 1885 to 2007.
A collection of Deaf American journals.
The Deaf-Mutes' Friend
The Deaf-Mutes' Journal list.
The Gallaudet Guide, and Deaf Mutes Companion - 1860 to 1862
The Observer 1909-1915
Check out the resources in the Silent Worker Collection below.
A Manuscript of volumes from "The Silent World" from 1871 to 1875 given to Gallaudet University's Deaf Archives.
Gallaudet University's Vertical File Archives provide a solid starting point for researching various topics.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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