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Dec 2, 2022
Manuscripts – MSS 68 – Eastman, Gilbert C., 1934-2006
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
MSS 68 – Eastman, Gilbert C., 1934-2006
Papers of Gilbert C. Eastman , 1974-1994
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository:Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 68
Title: Papers of Gilbert C. Eastman, 1974-1994.
Quantity: 3.0 Linear Feet (6 document boxes)
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 2.
Acquisition Information: The Gilbert C. Eastman collection was donated to the Gallaudet University Archives by Gilbert Eastman in 1990.
rocessed by: Colleen Crisp. 1996 March 29.
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 ALADIN for complete listings.
Gilbert C. Eastman was born in Middletown, CT on September 12, 1934. He graduated from the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, CT in 1953. He entered Gallaudet College and acted in many plays given at Gallaudet College. Eastman graduated in 1957 and started teaching drama after he graduated.
For many years, Gilbert C. Eastman has accomplished so much that he became well-known in the Deaf Community. He was a founding member of the Tony Award-winning National Theater of the Deaf. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Drama from Catholic University in 1963, making him the first deaf person to earn that diploma.
From 1957-1969, Eastman was a director and a stage manager for many plays at Gallaudet College. He wrote and directed the well-known play, Laurent Clerc: A profile in 1977. He was a television host of the Emmy Award-winning show, Deaf Mosaic.
Gilbert C. Eastman gave many presentations on Laurent Clerc at banquets, meetings, and schools. After 35 years of teaching and acting chair for the Drama Department, he retired in 1992.
Scope and Content
The Gilbert C. Eastman Collection contains papers mostly on Laurent Clerc. Gilbert C. Eastman became interested in collecting information on Clerc when he was on sabbatical leave from Gallaudet College to write his play, Laurent Clerc: A profile.
The collection has Xerox papers on Laurent Clerc, the history of American School for the Deaf, maps, pictures, Clerc’s descendants, correspondence, presentations, and his trips to France. It also included his script from the play, Laurent Clerc: A profile.
There are slides from his trip to France contained in the photograph collection in the Gallaudet University Archives. He gathered most of that information from Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale College, American School for the Deaf, and Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, CT.
Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
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