On Friday, October 28, 2016, in conjunction with Homecoming, Gallaudet University is hosting a Capturing Deaf Heritage day that combines the opportunity to digitize your historic images and documents while learning about methods of preservation.

This free event is hosted by the Drs. John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center in collaboration with Gallaudet University Archives and the Office of Alumni Relations. Bring in up to 15 photographs or documents, and have them scanned and handed back to you on a free USB drive.

Presentation topics will include the care and use of photographs, films, and objects, as well as the cultural importance of personal collections.

National Endowment for the Humanities logo

The Drs. John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (PY-234457-16) from the Common Heritage Program to support the presentations and documentation efforts of this first-of-its-kind Capturing Deaf Heritage event.

Questions and Answers

How does Capturing Deaf Heritage Day work?

In addition to sessions on preservation of images/documents, films, objects and written stories, the day will include on-site scanning services. You determine which non-copyright photographs or significant letters or documents you wish to have digitized and bring them to the Capturing Deaf Heritage day.

Small objects of no larger than 14 inches may also be photographed. Skilled staff from Gallaudet University Archives will work with you to scan the images and produce a data sheet. They will give you back your original images, the data sheet(s), and a free flash drive (USB stick) with a digital copy of each image.

Important note: The Archives team will make every effort to digitize materials but, to serve everyone fairly, may need to cap image scanning to no more than 15 items per person. Please review and select your photos or documents ahead of time.

Will the Archives keep a copy?

No. The Archives will not copy the image unless you give permission by signing a donation form.

If I wish to donate to the Archives, do they accept donations?

Yes. If you want to donate photographs, film footage, or other documents related to deaf life, Gallaudet University Archives is always interested in collecting primary-source material. They do not need to relate to Gallaudet University.

Presentation Schedule

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Multi-Purpose Room, I. King Jordan Student Academic Center

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Photo Scanning Stations Open
9:00 a.m.
Open Presentations: Student Hosts
Joey Aguilera
Natalee (Nayo) Franck
10:00 a.m.
Digital Capture: Cultural Heritage
Greetings from the Center’s Director: Brian Greenwald, PhD.
Archives Welcome and Preservation 101: Michael Olson
10:30 a.m.
Stories From the Vault: Individual Collections Are Important
William Ennis, PhD
Roberta J. Cordano, J.D.
Maggie Kopp
Kati Morton Mitchell
11:30 a.m.
Film: Capturing, Storing, and Restoring
Janie Golightly
Storm Smith
12:00 p.m.
Objects: Collecting, Preserving, Interpreting, and Display
Meredith Peruzzi
Drew Robarge
1:00 p.m.
Writing Deaf Stories: Personal Memoirs and Manuscript Discovery
Kristen Harmon, PhD
Darlene Prickett, MFA
Octavian Robinson, PhD., College of the Holy Cross
Madan Vasishta,PhD
2:00 p.m.
Lights, Camera, Access! Are there better ways to film sign?
Melissa Malzkuhn
Zilvinas Paludnevicius
3:00 p.m.
Sustaining ASL Collections: What’s Annotation, and Why Does It Matter?
Julie A. Hochgesang, PhD
National Endowment for the Humanities logo

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed during this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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