Welcome to the Gallaudet University Timeline

This timeline, developed by Gallaudet University Archives, traces 150 years of campus history 1864-2014. As with all history research, this timeline is a work in progress. Your comments and ideas on historic events are welcome.

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Many thanks to the following individuals for contributions to the timeline:

  • Kelsey Young
  • Zhou Fang
  • Bilal Chinoy
  • Samuel (Seung) Hahn
  • Earl Parks
  • Jean Lindquist Bergey
  • Shannon Augustine
  • Diana Moore.

Gallaudet University Archives remains committed to preservation of Deaf historical materials, collaborations with researchers, and presentation of Gallaudet’s remarkable collection.


In 1856, Amos Kendall, a postmaster general during two presidential administrations, donated two acres of his estate in northeast Washington, D.C. to establish a school and housing for 12 deaf and six blind students. The following year, Kendall persuaded Congress to incorporate the new school,...

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