MSS 26
Braddock, Guilbert Campbell, 1897-1972
Papers of Guilbert Campbell Braddock, 1884-1983

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 26
Creator: Guilbert C. Braddock
Title: Papers of Guilbert C. Braddock, 1884-1983.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Abstract: Braddock was a prominent Deaf clergyman and this collection focuses on his religious work amongst the Deaf.
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 6.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Rev. Otto Berg donated the Guilbert C. Braddock collection to the Gallaudet University Archives in 1982.
Processed by: Ulf Hedberg. 1990 September 11.
Processing Note:
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:


  • St. Ann's Church News Reel Part 1 and 2 [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 16-16 (Part 1), 43-12 (Part 2)
  • History of Union League of the Deaf and Buffalo, N.A.D. [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 14-16


  • Guilbert C. Braddock [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits
  • James R. Fortune [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits
  • Photograph album of Effie Anna Weseen Anderson [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 59
  • Photograph album of Ellen Pearson Stewart [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 99
  • Photograph album of Uriel Cloran Jones [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 75


  • Collection of St. Ann's Church for the Deaf, 1853-1984. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 78
  • Papers of Herbert C. Merrill, 1897-1957. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 113


  • Scrapbook of Clippings Collected by David Peikoff. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Scrapbook Album 17

Biographical Sketch

Guilbert C. Braddock was born on January 15, 1897 in Manistee, Michigan. From 1906-1912, he attended the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. IN 1913, He was admitted to Gallaudet College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1918. Braddock went on to study at the General Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1926. His first post was as vicar of St. Ann's Church for the Deaf in New York. In 1945, he embarked on missionary work in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington that continued until 1951. During this time, he received his Master of Arts degree in 1947. He became Vicar of All Souls' Church for the Deaf in Philadelphia in 1951 and stayed at this post until 1968. He retired in 1968 and died four years later on August 31, 1972 at age of 75.

Scope and Content

The Guilbert Campbell Braddock collection consists of approximately 750 items and are dated from 1884-1983. The majority of the papers are dated from the 1930s and 1940s. The bulk of the collection consists of addresses, annual reports, articles, biographical information, correspondence, printed materials, obituaries, and issues of newsletters entitled "The Silent Churchman."

The collection of annual reports are mostly from the Pennsylvania Diocesan Commission on Church Work Among Deaf-Mutes.

One can also find many articles about the ordainment of the Deaf clergy and also about their work in the Deaf community. There are several biographical manuscripts and notes about the work of hearing clergy including Utten Ellis Read, Frank Read, and Francis Joseph Clerc, the son of Laurent Clerc. Printed materials include publications from various church groups, deaf associations and schools.

The Guilbert Campbell Braddock collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. It forms part of the original collection donated by Rev. Otto Berg on October 19, 1988.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Clippings 1972
1 2 Letters 1981-1983
1 3 Magazines 1895
1 4 Pamphlets n.d.
1 5 Reports 1929
2 1 Addresses 1926
2 2 Annual Reports 1884-1940
2 3 Articles 1936-1943
2 4 Biographical Information nd
2 5 Correspondence 1920-1943
2 6 Obituaries 1915-1942
2 7 Printed materials 1917-1943
2 8 “The Silent Churchman” 1908-1913
2 9 Miscellaneous 1920-1945


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