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Manuscripts – MSS 74 – Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, 1965-1977
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
MSS 74 – Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, 1965-1977
Collection of Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, 1967-1974
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 74
Title: Collection of Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf
Quantity: 2.0 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)
Abstract: The Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf (C.O.S.D.) served as a clearing house, a contact point for information, and combined actions by national organizations serving the Deaf.
Note: This document last updated 2005 November 30.
Acquisition Information: The papers of the Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf were given to Gallaudet College Archives in 1977. The gift was made by Jack Gannon.
Processed by: Carielyn Kelly: 1984 June 29. Revised by Ulf Hedberg and Michael Olson, 1997 November 3.
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
Scope and Content
The Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, ( C.O.S.D.) served as a clearing house, a contact point for information, and a combined action by National Organizations serving the deaf.
Following a year long study by the National Health Council, under a grant from the Social and Rehabilitation Service of the U.S. officially incorporated on January 27, 1967.
The C.O.S.D. papers which consist of approximately 3,400 pages, date from 1967-1977. The bulk of the collection is made up of financial documents, specifically: accounts, ledger, and vouchers relating to the Council’s activities from the years 1967-1974.
The Council was composed of four classes of members:
Committee members met at least three times a year, and also maintained communication through newsletters, memoranda and board letters. These correspondence report national as well as international developments relating to deafness. Such correspondence can be found among the papers.
Also included in the collection are minutes, agendas and documentation of expenses from C.O.S.D. meetings, workshops and conventions.
An Annual Forum was sponsored by the Council each spring in conjunction with the election meeting of the Board of Delegates, to discusstopics of interest for deaf people.
Each Annual Forum provides an opportunity for professionals to exchange information and experience, to report new developments to a wide audience, and to identify action potentials for the Council and participants.
Correspondence and documentation relating to the planning, organizing, and financing of each forum are include in the papers.
Throughout its history, the C.O.S.D. was in receipt of Federal Grants.
Grantee reports, grant applications and proposals for the years 1968-76 have been kept among the papers.
In 1973, The C.O.S.D. received its last Federal Grant. Without the support of the Federal Government, the Council could not afford to operate, and disbanded on May 9, 1977.
Organization Members of C.O.S.D.
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