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Manuscripts – Collection of Central Deaf Association, 1973-1984
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Descriptive Summary Repository: Gallaudet University Archives Call No.: MSS 133 Creator: Henry Johnson and Dean Santos. Title: Collection of Central Deaf Association, 1973-1984. Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box) Abstract: Central Deaf Association is now known as Deaf Community Services of San Diego. Note: This document last updated 2005 November 28.
Administrative Information Acquisition Information: The Central Association for the Deaf Collection was given to the Gallaudet University Archives. Processed by: Wei-Mui Wong. 1998 December 8. Processing Note: Revised by Octavian Robinson. 2004 October 26. 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: See Library catalog
Historical Sketch The Central Deaf Association was established in 1973 by Henry Johnson, the president of the San Diego Chapter of the California Association of the Deaf, at the request of city authorities. Johnson and a graduate student, Dean Santos, set out to establish a common link and head organization for the various agencies serving the Deaf in San Diego County. It was their mission to improve communication and cooperation amongst the various Deaf agencies as well as to fundraise, publish a newsletter, and improve public relations. In 1981, the Central Deaf Association changed its name to the Deaf Community Services of San Diego.
Scope and Content This collection contains the agency’s records, articles, by-laws, and several copies of their constitution, correspondence, minutes, newsletters, programs, and rehabilitation projects. Also included is a list of the advisory board. A history of CDA was written by Henry Johnson in 1984 and is included in the collection. Dean Santos’ original notes are of particular interest. The collection dates from 1973 to 1984, with the bulk dates being 1973-1975.
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Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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