The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President Chester Arthur, who was president from 1881 until 1885.

President Arthur and his wife, along with other distinguished government officials, toured the college on February 23, 1882.

Diplomas were also signed by Gallaudet President Edward Miner Gallaudet, president of the institution since its founding in 1864 until 1910.

At this time, the school was known as the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and included a primary department and the National Deaf-Mute College. In 1885 the primary department was named Kendall School in honor of Amos Kendall, the school’s founder..

U.S. President

Gallaudet President

Chester Arthur

Chester A. Arthur


Edward Miner Gallaudet

Edward Miner Gallaudet



Lewis Palmer Diploma

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Lewis Palmer

Lewis Arthur Palmer

Bachelor of Arts

June 18, 1884

Gallery of Diplomas Collection

In 1864, Congress passed a bill authorizing the institution, known as the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind, to establish the National College for the Deaf and Dumb which would provide college-level instruction and confer college degrees. On...

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