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Record Group 1

Linguistics Research Laboratory, Gallaudet College Collection,

Linguistics Research Laboratory, 1954-1984

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives

Call No.: Record Group 1


Title: Collection, Linguistics Research Laboratory, 1954-1984

Quantity: 7.5 linear foot (15 boxes)

Abstract: This collection consists of letters, articles, catalogs, grant applications, reports, clippings, minutes, proposals, memorandums and newsletters related on research of sign language.


Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The collection was transferred to the Gallaudet University Archives in 1985.

Processed by: Michael J. Olson, 2009 October 19.

Processed Note:

Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made

for scholarly research.

Related Material in the Archives


  • Observing the sign language. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 412-4


  • Departments – Linguistics Research Laboratory [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Departments

Historical Sketch

The Linguistics Research Laboratory, a separate unit of the College, was established in 1970. Dr. William C. Stokoe, Jr., where he conducted linguistic research at Gallaudet from 1957 until 1971, became the first Director of the Linguistics Research Laboratory on July 1, 1971. Dr. Stokoe was a chairman of the Department of English at Gallaudet. The Laboratory became a part of the Research Institute in 1978. The unit conducted the study of sign language and researched the system of the language used by deaf people. The Linguistics Research Laboratory closed on December 31, 1984.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 15 document boxes for a total of 7.5 linear feet and approximately 12,750 pages. The materials within the collection range from 1954 to 1984 with the majority of content from 1971 to 1979. The bulk of the collection is letters written by correspondents related to the research of sign language. Some materials in the collection contain grant applications to obtain funds for more research on sign language. This collection has some early documents on sign language that Dr. Stokoe wrote between the 1960s and 1970s. Interested linguistics may be able to look at the early documents related to the research on sign language.

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