MSS 173
American Annals of the Deaf, est. 1847
Collection of American Annals of the Deaf, 1868-1928

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 173
Title: Collection of American Annals of the Deaf, 1868-1928
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract: This collection consists of account books.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:
Processed By: Jeffrey Peterson, 2008 December 10.
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


  • Papers, Edward Allen Fay, 1866-1920. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number MSS 9
  • Papers, Irving S. Fusfeld, 1920-1972. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number MSS 50
  • Collection, American Annals of the Deaf, 1964 -1986. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 155

Historical Sketch

Since its inception in 1847 the American Annals of the Deaf is the oldest journal dealing with deafness and the education of deaf persons. The committee at the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut, formed the first publication. The first editor of the Annals was Luzerne Rae. In 1861, due to the American Civil War, publication temporarily ceased and then resumed in 1868. Edward Allen Fay, a member of the faculty of Gallaudet University, served as editor for 50 years from 1870 to 1920.

The Annals was the official organ of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf that published the proceedings and many of the papers presented at the conventions.  It is focused primarily on the education of deaf students and on information for professionals associated with the education of the deaf.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 1 document box-approximately 0.5 linear feet and 850 pages-containing material dating from 1868 to 1928. Documents within the collection include account books in account with Lewellyn Pratt, Edward A. Fay, and Irving S. Fusfeld.

Series Description and Folder Lists
No Series.

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
01 01 Account Books 1868-1890
01 02 Account Books 1870-1884
01 03 Account Books 1890-1904
01 04 Account Books 1904-1917
01 05 Account Books 1917-1928

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