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MSS 171

American Annals of the Deaf, est. 1847
Collection of American Annals of the Deaf, 1975-1986

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 171
Title: Collection of American Annals of the Deaf, 1975-1986
Quantity: 2 linear feet (4 document boxes)
Abstract: This collection consists of book reviews, correspondence regarding the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts to be published in the Annals, and manuscripts.
Administrative Information
Acquisition Information: The Collection of American Annals of the Deaf was donated to the Gallaudet University Archives by McCay Vernon circa early 1980s.
Processed By: Jeffrey Peterson, 2008 December 8.
Processing 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


  • Papers, Edward Allen Fay, 1866-1920. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number MSS 9
  • Papers, Irving S. Fusfeld, 1920-1972. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number MSS 50
  • Collection, American Annals of the Deaf, 1964 -1986. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 155

Historical Sketch
Since its inception in 1847 the American Annals of the Deaf is the oldest journal dealing with deafness and the education of deaf persons. The committee at the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut, formed the first publication. The first editor of the Annals was Luzerne Rae. In 1861, due to the American Civil War, publication temporarily ceased and then resumed in 1868. Edward Allen Fay, a member of the faculty of Gallaudet University, served as editor for 50 years from 1870 to 1920.

The Annals was the official organ of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf that published the proceedings and many of the papers presented at the conventions.
The Annals has focused primarily on the education of deaf students and on information for professionals associated with the education of the deaf.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of 4 document boxes-approximately 2 linear feet and 3,400 pages-containing material dating from 1975 to 1986. Documents within the collection include book reviews (alphabetized in order of the title of the book being reviewed), correspondence regarding the acceptance or rejection of submitted manuscripts to be published in the annals, and manuscripts.
The bulk of material is from 1983 to 1986; the majority of the collection is manuscripts. Rejected manuscripts also contain editorial and reviewer remarks as to why the manuscript was rejected.
Series Description and Folder Lists

No Series.

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
01 01 Book Reviews A-L (alphabetized by title of book being reviewed) 1976-1983
01 02 Book Reviews M-W (alphabetized by title of book being reviewed) 1976-1984
01 03 Correspondence – Accepted Manuscripts (alphabetized by title) 1981-1984
01 04 Correspondence – Book Review Requests 1975-1984
01 05 Correspondence – Complimentary Book Requests for Book Reviews 1975-1983
01 06 Correspondence – General 1981-1984
01 07 Correspondence – Rejected Manuscripts A-C (alphabetized by title) 1983-1986
02 01 Correspondence – Rejected Manuscripts D-G (alphabetized by title) 1983-1986
02 02 Correspondence – Rejected Manuscripts H-K (alphabetized by title) 1983-1986
02 03 Correspondence – Rejected Manuscripts L-M (alphabetized by title) 1983-1986
02 04 Correspondence – Rejected Manuscripts N-S (alphabetized by title) 1983-1986
02 05 Correspondence – Rejected Manuscripts T-W (alphabetized by title) 1983-1986
03 01 Manuscripts – AAMD Adaptive Behavior Scale 1982
03 02 Manuscripts – Captions and Reading Rates of Hearing Impaired Students 1980
03 03 Manuscripts – Changing Attitudes n.d.
03 04 Manuscripts – Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection 1982
03 05 Manuscripts – Contextual Constraint and Comprehension of Written Sentences by Deaf College Students 1982
03 06 Manuscripts – Deaf Adolescents’ Comprehension of English Prepositions 1982
03 07 Manuscripts – Deaf Women: A Review of Needs 1980
03 08 Manuscripts – Developing Word-Identification Skills Within a Total Communication Program n.d.
03 09 Manuscripts – Effects of Bimodal Stimulus on Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Children 1982
03 10 Manuscripts – Family Stress and Child Competence n.d.
03 11 Manuscripts – Hearing Impaired Students: Options for Far Visual Acuity Screening 1982
03 12 Manuscripts – Intervention with Deaf Infants 1982
03 13 Manuscripts – It’s a Hearing, Hearing World 1982
03 14 Manuscripts – Model for Comprehensive Mainstreaming Process 1985
03 15 Manuscripts – Morale of Teachers of Multi-handicapped and Non-handicapped Children 1982
03 16 Manuscripts – Oral Interpreters… Into the Major League 1980
03 17 Manuscripts – Quantitative Analysis of Static Balance in Deaf Children 1982
03 18 Manuscripts – Receptive Communication Skills of Hearing Impaired Students 1983
04 01 Manuscripts – The Right to Remain Silent 1979
04 02 Manuscripts – Role of Deafness and Education in the Mental Development of Hearing Impaired Children 1983
04 03 Manuscripts – Siegel Report 10 1982
04 04 Manuscripts – Signed English: A Brief Follow-up to the First Evaluation 1980
04 05 Manuscripts – Some Questions Concerning Ability Grouping 1983
04 06 Manuscripts – Summer Institute for Gifted Deaf Youth 1982
04 07 Manuscripts – Validity and Reliability of the Cloze Procedure 1984

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