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Manuscripts – Collection of Gallaudet University Alumni Association, 1964-1970
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Gallaudet University Alumni Association, est. 1889
Collection of Gallaudet University Alumni Association, 1964-1970
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 143
Title: Collection of Gallaudet University Alumni Association, 1964-1970
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 7.
Processed by: Octavian Robinson. 2004 November 24.
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
The Gallaudet College Alumni Association was established in 1889. The association got its start with the unveiling of Daniel Chester French’s sculpture of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell. This statue was a gift from the alumni and friends of the College. The day after the unveiling, the alumni gathered for the unveiling met to establish an alumni association. In 1893, when the Columbia Institution changed its name to Gallaudet College in honor of T.H. Gallaudet, the alumni played a large role. The alumni continued to make waves on Kendall Green. One example is the generous donation of $50,000 for a memorial building in honor of Edward M. Gallaudet. In 1967, to keep up with the alumni, the College opened an alumni office on campus and hired a full-time director to oversee its daily operations. Thousands of alumni return to Kendall Green to visit their alma mater every year. Homecoming serves as a great occasion for their reunions. In 1989, more than 1,000 alumni visited for the association’s centennial reunion. The Gallaudet University Alumni Association currently boasts a membership of 15,000+ alumni.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of calendars, tickets, program books, newsletters, receipts, correspondence, financial records, and other papers pertaining to the Gallaudet University Alumni Reunions’ planning and implementation in 1964, 1967, and 1970. The bulk is dated in 1964 for the Centennial Reunion, of which Francis C. Higgins was chairman. Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
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