MSS 125

Captioned Films for the Deaf
Collection of Captioned Films for the Deaf, 1959-1969

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 125
Title: Collection of Captioned Films for the Deaf, 1959-1969
Quantity: Linear Feet (2 document boxes)
Note: This document last updated 2008 February 8.
Administrative Information
Acquisition Information: The United States Department of Education collection was given to the Gallaudet University Archives by Carolyn Jones on 1993 February 22.
Processed by: Michael J. Olson. 2002.
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:

Vertical Files

  • United States Office of Education, Captioned Films for the Deaf. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Subject
  • United States Office of Education, Media Services and Captioned Films. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Subject

Historical Sketch

The United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) was established in 1953 as a cabinet-level department operating until 1979 when two separate departments were formed: the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.

In 1959, H.E.W. worked together with the Deaf Community to establish a Captioned Films program for the deaf, authorized by Congress and operated under Public Law 85 -905. This program’s goal was to enable Deaf persons to be exposed to motion pictures: educational, cultural, or entertaining, and as a medium to limit “social and cultural isolation.” The appointed chief to this program was John A. Gough, an educator and advocated for the Deaf Community. His initial scope for the program soon broadened. He advocated extending the captioning capabilities to the classroom. Within a few years, educational and training videotapes included captioning, giving deaf students and workers visual representations.

Scope and Content
The U.S. Department of Education: Captioned Films for the Deaf collection comprises two boxes of newspaper articles pertaining to films and videotapes’ captioning. The dates span from 1959 – 1969.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists

No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
01 01 Captioned Films 1959-1960
01 02 Captioned Films 1961-1961
01 03 Captioned Films 1961-1961
01 04 Captioned Films 1961-1961
01 05 Captioned Films 1962-1962
01 06 Captioned Films 1962-1962
01 07 Captioned Films 1962-1963
01 08 Captioned Films 1963-1964
01 09 Captioned Films 1964-1965
02 01 Captioned Films 1965-1965
02 02 Captioned Films 1965-1966
02 03 Captioned Films 1966-1966
02 04 Captioned Films 1967-1967
02 05 Captioned Films 1967-1967
02 06 Captioned Films 1967-1967
02 07 Captioned Films 1967-1967
02 08 Captioned Films 1967-1968
02 09 Captioned Films 1968-1969
02 10 Captioned Films 1961-1963
02 11 Captioned Films 1964-1964

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