Manuscripts

MSS 139
Gallaudet College Alumni Association, est. 1889
Collection of Gallaudet College Alumni Association, 1975-1990


Gallaudet University Archives


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 139
Creator:
Title: Collection of Gallaudet College Alumni Association, 1975-1990
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)
Abstract:
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 7. 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Gallaudet College Alumni Association Collection was given to the Gallaudet University Archives. The gift was made in the 1990s.
Processed by: Sara Robinson. 2004 November 8.
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:
See ALADIN

Historical Sketch

The Gallaudet College Alumni Association was established in 1889. The association got its start with the unveiling of Daniel Chester French's sculpture of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell. This statue was a gift from the alumni and friends of the College. The day after the unveiling, the alumni who had gathered for the unveiling met to establish an alumni association.

In 1893, when the Columbia Institution changed its name to Gallaudet College in honor of T.H. Gallaudet, the alumni played a large role in this. The alumni continued to make waves on Kendall Green. One example is the generous donation of $50,000 for a memorial building in honor of Edward M. Gallaudet.

In 1967, to keep up with the alumni, the college opened an alumni office on campus and hired a full time director to oversee its daily operations.

Thousands of alumni return to Kendall Green to visit their alma mater every year. Homecoming serves as a great occasion for their reunions. In 1989, more than 1,000 alumni visited for the association's centennial reunion.

The Gallaudet University Alumni Association currently boasts a membership of 15,000+ alumni.

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, news clippings, biographical sketches, press releases, contracts, information packets, by-laws, guidelines, committee papers, board minutes, reports, letters, agendas, chapter drafts, and resolutions. The dates range from 1975-1988. Materials are evenly distributed among this range. This gives the researcher a glimpse into the workings of the alumni association and its concerns/interests. Most interesting item in this collection is the letter from Edward C. Merrill to Chairman of the Board, Jane Basset Spilman, regarding the selection of a hearing candidate for president in 1988.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Alumni Leadership Training Program 1978-1979
1 2 Awards for Edward C. Merrill 1978-1982
1 3 Black Deaf on Board of Trustees 1988
1 4 Board Meeting Minutes 1976-1986
1 5 Chapters 1976-1988
1 6 Congratulation Letters 1979-1987
1 7 Congressional Appropriations 1988
1 8 Congress of the National Confederation of the Deaf, France 1980-1985
1 9 Course Offerings 1978-1985
1 10 Cued Speech 1978-1980
1 11 Disability Advocacy and Legislation 1978-1989
1 12 Deaf Accessibility at Gallaudet 1979-1988
1 13 Deaf Heritage Month 1988
1 14 Deaf in Television 1978-1979
1 15 Deaf Organizations 1978-1990
1 16 Deaf Population Census 1979
1 17 Earl Ubell Controversy 1986
1 18 Edward C. Merrill Correspondence 1978-1981
1 19 Establishment of New Programs of Study 1980, 1988
1 20 Financial Records 1986
1 21 Funds and Donations 1978-1988
1 22 GCAA By-Laws 1978-1979
1 23 GCAA Guidelines Part 1 1975
1 24 GCAA Guidelines Part 2 1975
1 25 GCAA Guidelines Part 3 1975
2 1 GCAA Information Packets 1978-1989
2 2 GCAA Guidelines Sections E and H 1976-1985
2 3 GCAA Meetings, Correspondence, Papers, and Elections 1978-1986
2 4 GCAA Reunion Reports 1985
2 5 Gallaudet Commencement 1988
2 6 Gallaudet Fellows 1985
2 7 Gallaudet International Tours 1978-1988
2 8 Gallaudet Sports 1979-1988
2 9 Gallaudet Statistics 1979, 1985
2 10 General Correspondence 1976-1988
2 11 Gerald “Bummy” Burstein 1985-1988
2 12 I. King Jordan Memos 1988
2 13 Inauguration of I. King Jordan 1988
2 14 Information Memos from Edward C. Merrill 1978-1979
2 15 Information re: GCAA Newsletter 1986-1987
2 16 Issues re: Change of Alumni Reunions 1985
2 17 Issues re: Deaf Education 1979-1987
2 18 Jerry C. Lee Resignation 1987
2 19 Letters re: Deaf President Now 1987-1988
2 20 Letters re: Mailing List 1985-1986
2 21 Letter to Spilman from Merrill re: President Selection 1988
2 22 Memos to Board Members 1978-1988
2 23 Miscellaneous 1979-1988
2 24 Naming of Campus Streets 1978
3 1 NIDCD 1978, 1988
3 2 News clippings 1985-1988
3 3 News clippings re: Gerald Adler 1979-1980
3 4 News clippings with Letters 1979-1988
3 5 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award 1977-1981
3 6 Press Releases 1986-1988
3 7 Provost Selection 1986
3 8 P.L. 95-602 1979
3 9 Renovation, Naming, and Policies re: Alumni House 1979-1981
3 10 Teletext and Captioning 1979-1987
3 11 Thomas H. Gallaudet Stamp 1979-1985
3 12 Timeshare in Ocean City 1986
3 13 University Status 1985-1986
3 14 University Week 1988
3 15 Vocational Rehabilitation 1986
3 16 World Games for the Deaf 1978-1985

 

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