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Oct 3, 2022
Manuscripts – Collection of the Virginia Association of the Deaf, 1912-2001
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Virginia Association of the Deaf
Collection of the Virginia Association of the Deaf, 1912-2001
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 184
Title: Collection of the Virginia Association of the Deaf, 1912-2001.
Quantity: 6.0 linear feet (10 document boxes)
Abstract: This collection describes the history of the Virginia Association of the Deaf. Included in the collection are correspondence, meeting minutes, financial reports, program books, constitutions and by laws, periodicals, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
Acquisition Information: The collection of the Virginia Association of the Deaf was donated to the Gallaudet University Archives by Fred Yates on June, 2000.
Processed by: Michael J. Olson, 2011.
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
Picnics: Maryland Association of the Deaf at Baltimore, Virginia Association of the Deaf, Frat # 47- Outing, 50th Anniversary of Maryland Association of Deaf and Tolchester Beach [motion picture] 1926-1927, 1948. Deaf Film 5-16
Alumni Association of the Virginia School for the Deaf: at V.S.D.B., Staunton, Virginia, June 6, 7, 8, 1940
The Virginia Association of the Deaf was formed during the first meeting that was held in the old chapel of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Virginia, on June 11, 1884. John Walter Michaels, a deaf leader, was the founder and Rev. Job Turner, a deaf missionary, was the first president of the Virginia Association of the Deaf. For more information on the history of the association, please refer to Box 9, Folder 8 “History of the V. A. D.” in the collection of the Virginia Association of the Deaf.
Scope and Content
The collection of the Virginia Association of the Deaf consists of approximately 8,500 pages of correspondence, minutes, constitution and by-laws, financial reports, program books, brochures, directories, certificates, flyers, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The bulk of the collection dates from 1912 to 2001. The largest collections are correspondence files which span the years between 1934 and 1993 concerning the affairs of the organization. The collection contains newspaper clippings concerning the controversy of the selection of a superintendent of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. Also included in this collection are the files of the Virginia Council for the Deaf and the Auld Lang Syne Alumni Association of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Series Descriptions and Folder List
Series 1: Association Files
Box 1 (Folder 1) – Box 3 (Folder 16) 1912 – 2001
In this series are minutes from Board and general meetings, program books for the Virginia Association of the Deaf conventions, as well as the Miss Deaf Virginia Pageant.
Series 2: Office and General Files
Box 3 (Folder 17) – Box 7 (Folder 16) 1934 – 2001
Included in this group are incoming and outgoing letters written by the presidents of the association, as well as the officers. There are reports of the committees. Included are the files of the constitutions and by-laws and financial reports. Convention materials are included.
Series 3: General Files and Photographs
Box 7 (Folder 17) – Box 10 (Folder 22) 1919 – 2001
Within this series are newspaper clippings, addresses given by the presidents of the association, Alumni Association of the Auld Lang Syne (School for the Deaf), periodicals, legislative bills related to the school for the deaf and the blind, letters related to the controversy of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, also related to the National Association of the Deaf and Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf. Virginia Council for the Deaf is included in this collection. Two envelopes of photographs are included.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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