Donations

Help us preserve Deaf History, Culture, and Heritage. Donate your things to the Gallaudet University Archives.

The Archives collects everything related to Gallaudet University, Deaf lives, Deaf people, Deaf organizations, and Deaf schools. This includes documents such as periodicals, reports, manuscripts, financial records, artwork, artifacts such as pagers, TTYs, vibrating alarm clocks, films and videotapes, photographs and photograph albums, slides and negatives, books, and Deaf publications.

In doubt? Contact the Archives for further information and assistance. Patrons are always welcome to stop by the Archives in room B125 on the lower level of the Merrill Learning Center at Gallaudet University to deliver donations in person.

You may also mail your donations to:
Gallaudet University Archives
800 Florida Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-3695

On a case-by-case basis we also store papers for Deaf organizations who do not have their own archival storage space available. It is our first and foremost mission to preserve Deaf History and Heritage.
Providing physical space and intellectual control of archival collections is expensive. Donors who are able to do so are encouraged to provide financial support for the arrangement, description, and preservation of their papers and records.

Items of Research and Donation Interest (not a comprehensive listing):

  • Personal and Family Papers: Letters, diaries, speeches, essays, unpublished articles, photo albums, scrapbooks, photographs, professional files, films, artifacts, periodicals, published and unpublished works, news clippings, and genealogical information.
  • Organizational Records: Articles of incorporation, constitution and bylaws, correspondence, agendas, memorandums, legal and financial documents, minutes of meetings, reports, newsletters, press releases, and news clippings.
  • Publications: Please check with the archives before discarding your copies of Gallaudet Publications or your own published works in case you have issues or copies that are missing from our collections.
  • Student Publications and Works: Undergraduate and graduate student essays, papers, and publications are an important part of our archives. Those can be and are used frequently by both Gallaudet and non-Gallaudet researchers. Such publications are important to us and researchers interested in the lives, activities, and thoughts of Gallaudet Students.
  • University Publications: We are interested in course catalogs, academic department brochures and pamphlets, commencement programs, proceedings of symposia and conferences, published reports and journals, exhibition catalogs, alumni directories and newsletters, yearbooks, service departments publications, program activities brochures and pamphlets, press releases, committee reports, reviews, working papers, dedicatory programs, student created newsletters, posters, and flyers.

For any questions regarding donations please contact the Gallaudet University Deaf Library Collections and Archives via archives@gallaudet.edu.