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Manuscripts – Collection of the United States Deaf Skiers Association, 1948-1986
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
United States Deaf Skiers Association, est. 1968
Collection of the United States Deaf Skiers Association, 1948-1986
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 95
Title: Collection of the United States Deaf Skiers Association, 1948-1986
Quantity: 8.0 Linear Feet (16 document boxes)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 10.
Acquisition Information: Doug Dickinson donated the collection of the United States Deaf Skiers Association to the Gallaudet University Archives.
Processed by: Gary Brooks. 2000 August 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:
The United States Deaf Skiers Association was established in March 1968 at Park City, Utah, when they had the first biennial National Ski Convention for the Deaf. They had 34 deaf skiers from all over the United States and some from Canada. In 1970, they had 125 skiers at Snowmass at Aspen, Colorado. An official representative for the United States Ski Association came there and had learned a lot about deaf skier’s ability to ski and their activities. As a result of this experience, the USSA has a USSA Ski Week program every year. In March 1972, they had 240 deaf skiers attend the third biennial convention in New Hampshire. They had the big National Ski Championships for the Deaf in the past conventions. The latter was one of the most thrilling events for everyone.
Scope and Content
The collection of United States Deaf Skiers Association is extremely broad, covering a wide range of subjects. The collection consists of ski events, newsletters, business correspondences, bi-annual conventions, By-Laws, records from various ski race results, and general records relating to Deaf skiing. The collection is broken up into seven series are: Administration, Convention, Correspondence, General, Publication, Ski Club, and Ski Events. Overall, this collection provides a rich and insightful history of the United States Deaf Skiers Association into one of the foremost deaf organizations in the United States. Series Descriptions
Series 1: Administration
The USDSA Administration included agenda, reports, Membership, Boards records, By-laws, minutes, and various papers from USDSA administration.
Series 2: Convention
The USDSA convention included reports, programs and issues relating to Deaf Ski.
Series 3: Correspondence
Papers come from various Boards, Skiers, Committee, Officers and general.
Series 4: General
General papers, reports, ski items come from various membership, committee, personal.
Series 5: Publication
USDSA publication included newsletter, program booklets, layout, drafts, Public Relations, Membership forms, Logo and various articles on deaf skiers.
Series 6: Ski Club
Deaf Ski Club from different organizations included papers, agenda, by-laws, programs, letters and activities.
Series 7: Ski Events
Papers from all kind of ski activities, race, ski schedules, resorts, ski equipment, Junior Deaf skiers, Race results, ski shows and records relating to ski sports.
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