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MSS 94
Junior National Association of the Deaf, est. 1961
Collection of the Jr. National Association of the Deaf, 1967-1988

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 94
Title: Collection of the Jr. National Association of the Deaf, 1967-1988
Quantity: 1.0 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 16.
Administrative Information
Acquisition Information: The Junior National Association of the Deaf Collection was donated to the Gallaudet University Archives.
Processed by: Eric M. Gunther. 1999 June 25.
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:
Historical Sketch
Dallas, Texas is the birthplace of the Junior National Association of the Deaf. A group of conscientious deaf adults, headed by Mervin Garretson, Executive Director of the Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, Marvin Rood, West Virginia School for the Deaf, Dr. Byron B. Burnes, California School for the Deaf in Berkeley, and the late G. Dewey Coats. Missouri School for the Deaf, got together at the 1960 Convention of the National Association of the Deaf to lay the foundation of the present Jr. N.A.D. The primary objectives were to stimulate national effort among educators of the deaf and the deaf to bring out the best that deaf youngsters are capable of performing–a collective effort towards their maximum total growth through involvement in motivation-conscious programs.
Washington, D.C. was the scene of the history-making First National Convention of the Junior N.A.D., May 8-12, 1968, on the campus of Gallaudet College, the only college for the deaf in the world offering courses in Liberal Arts. One hundred and twenty outstanding deaf teenagers and their adult sponsors from schools for the deaf throughout the country responded to the call for the first national sharing of ideas among America’s deaf youth to maximize American life for all deaf people. Succeeding convention dates: April 15-19, 1970 at Gallaudet College and August 23-27, 1972, at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, Rochester. New York.
Indianapolis, Indiana on November 14-16, 1968, ushered in the first regional workshop ever staged for and by deaf youth of America. This was the “Mid-Western Deaf Youth Leadership Demonstration,” chairman by 17-year-old Melinda Chapel, which drew students and their sponsors from 24 Midwestern residential and deaf schools for the deaf. Others in attendance included teachers and other personnel from schools for the deaf throughout the United States and Administrators from the U.S.

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Gallaudet College; the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, and the National Organizations Serving the Deaf, plus others not directly connected with the program who possess a genuine interest in the maximum development of the deaf youth of America. Scope and Content

The Junior National Association of the Deaf collection contains three boxes of records, correspondence, newsletters, new releases, proceeding papers, convention program books, constitution and bylaws, and officers’ publications. The collection, which has approximately 800 papers dated from 1967 to1988. Items from Jr. N.A.D. Boxes have information on addresses, banquets, proceedings, correspondence, and conventions. The information included some history about Junior N.A.D.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Addresses and Speeches 1967-1970
1 2 Agendas 1978
1 3 Articles 1968-1978
1 4 Becoming Young Authors by the Participants of the 1988 Jr. NAD Convention 1988
1 5 Brochures 1976-1978
1 6 Constitution and ByLaws 1971
1 7 Correspondence 1967-1978
1 8 Convention – Schedule of Events and Information 1968
1 9 Convention – Schedule of Events and Information 1970
1 10 Convention Souvenir Novelties – Information 1967-1970
1 11 Deaf Youth Development Camp (YLC) 1969-1979
1 12 Financial Report 1979
1 13 History of the Jr. NAD 1970
1 14 Information Packet 1967-1968
1 15 Jr. NAD Citizenship Institute n.d.
1 16 Letterhead Stationary – blank n.d.
1 17 List of Jr. NAD Chapters 1967
1 18 List of the Officers 1967-1970
1 19 Memorandums 1978-1979
1 20 News Releases 1969
1 21 Newsletters – Jr. NAD Newsletter 1977-1979
1 22 Newsletters – National Action Digest 1968
1 23 Newsletters – The YLC Daily Drum 1984
1 24 Program Books 1985-1986
1 25 Program Books – The 1988 Miss and Mr. Jr. NAD Pageant 1988
1 26 Program Books – Awards and Banquets 1968-1970
2 1 Proceedings – Jr. NAD Convention 1968
2 2 Proceedings – Jr. NAD Convention 1972
2 3 Proceedings – Midwestern Deaf Youth Leadership Demonstration 1968
2 4 Proceedings – Youth Leadership Camp 1969
2 5 Program Books – Jr. NAD Conventions 1968-1972
2 6 Program Books – Jr. NAD Convention, 3rd Biennial 1972
2 7 Program Books – Jr. NAD Convention, 10th Biennial 1986
2 8 Program Books – Jr. NAD Convention, 11th Biennial 1988
2 9 Program Books – Midwestern Deaf Youth Leadership Demonstration 1968
2 10 Publication – The Junior Deaf American 1970-1980
2 11 Report – A Management Study – National Association of the Deaf 1973
2 12 Reports 1972-1976
2 13 “Silent Voices” Literary Issue of the Jr. Deaf American 1968

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