Manuscripts

MSS 148
Deaf President Now Protest, 1986-1988
Collection of The Deaf President Now Protest, 1986 - 1988


Gallaudet University Archives


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 148
Creator:
Title: Collection of The Deaf President Now Protest, 1986 - 1988
Quantity: 3.0 Linear Feet (6 document boxes)
Abstract:
Note: This document last updated 2005 December 1.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Media Committee for the Deaf President Now Council gave Deaf President Now Protest Document Collection to the Gallaudet University Archives. The gift was made on May 31, 1988.
Processed by: Processed by Michael J. Olson. November 1988.
Processing Note: Revised by Michael J. Olson. 2003 April 1.
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:
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Historical Sketch

The Deaf President Now was a historical event at Gallaudet University in which the students staged a protest against the selection of a hearing president of Gallaudet. The campus was shut down for a week from March 6 to 13, 1988. The deaf community had hoped that Gallaudet selected the first deaf president in Gallaudet's history, but it did not happen. The Board of Trustees selected Dr. Elisabeth Ann Zinser as the 7th president over two qualified deaf candidates, Dr. Harvey J. Corson and Dr. I. King Jordan. The selection made the deaf community upset and the students led the protest. The deaf community made four demands: Dr. Zinser be resigned from the presidency, Jane B. Spilman be resigned from the chair of the Board of Trustees, the members of the Board of Trustees must consist a majority of 51% who are deaf, and no reprisals against the protesters.  

Scope and Content

The Deaf President Now Protest collection includes six boxes. The first box consists of cartoon, documents of the master schedule and funds during the protest along with the letters of caution and endorsements. Letters from the Board of Trustees, Dr. Zinser and Politicians are placed in the second box. Also in the second box are the minutes from the DPN council and information secured by the media. The next three boxes include most of the press releases and news clippings about the protest. The fifth box also has the information from Presidential Search Committee, rallies and the resignation of Dr. Jerry C. Lee. The information about the people involved in the DPN and statements by Dr. I. King Jordan, Jane Spilman and Dr. Elisabeth Zinser are found in the last box other than thank you letters. 

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

 
Box Folder Title of Folder Date
01 01 Cartoons 1988
01 02 Commission on the Education of the Deaf-Gallaudet (March 23) 1988
01 03 Daily Schedule of Events- Master Schedule (March 10) 1988
01 04 Daily Schedule of Events- Master Schedule (March 11) 1988
01 05 Daily Schedule of Events- Master Schedule (March 12) 1988
01 06 Daily Schedule of Events- Master Schedule (March 13) 1988
01 07 Daily Schedule of Events- Master Schedule (March 14) 1988
01 08 Daily Schedule of Events- Master Schedule (March 15) 1988
01 09 Daily Schedule of Events- Party (March 26) 1988
01 10 Daily Schedule of Events- Summary 1988
01 11 DPN Fund (March 8) 1988
01 12 DPN Fund- SBG (March 9) 1988
01 13 DPN Fund (March 10) 1988
01 14 DPN Fund (March 11) 1988
01 15 DPN Fund-Letters (March 13) 1988
01 16 DPN Fund (March 14) 1988
01 17 DPN Fund- Letter (March 15) 1988
01 18 DPN Fund n.d.
01 19 DPN Fund-Miscellaneous 1988
01 20 DPN Transmittal Memo- Blanks n.d.
01 21 Fact Sheets (March 11) 1988
01 22 Fact Sheets n.d.
01 23 Gallaudet Board of Trustees' By-Laws 1987
01 24 Gallaudet University's Master Plans & Goals n.d.
01 25 Gandhi's Principles of Non-Violence n.d.
01 26 Letter of Caution (March 10) 1988
01 27 Letters of Caution (March 11) 1988
01 28 Letters of Caution (March 14) 1988
01 29 Letters of Congratulations-Individuals 1988
01 30 Letters of Congratulations-Organizations 1988
01 31 Letters of Endorsement (March 2) 1988
01 32 Letters of Endorsement (March 8) 1988
01 33 Letters of Endorsement (March 9) 1988
01 34 Letters of Endorsement (March 10) 1988
01 35 Letters of Endorsement (March 11) 1988
01 36 Letters of Endorsement (March 12) 1988
01 37 Letters of Endorsement (March 13)
1988
01 38 Letters of Endorsement n.d.
01 39 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations (Feb. 26) 1988
01 40 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations (March 8) 1988
01 41 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations (March 9) 1988
01 42 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations (March 10) 1988
01 43 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations (March 11) 1988
01 44 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations (March 12) 1988
01 45 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations (March 14) 1988
01 46 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations (March 15) 1988
01 47 Letters of Endorsement-Organizations n.d.
01 48 Letters of Endorsement-From Politicians- Bob Dole (Feb. 18) 1988
01 49 Letters of Endorsement-From Politicians-Bob Graham (Feb. 25) 1988
01 50 Letters of Endorsement-From Politicians (Feb. 29) 1988
01 51 Letter of Endorsement-From Politicians-George Bush (March 1) 1988
01 52 Letter of Endorsement-From Politicians-J. Jackson (March 9) 1988
01 53 Letter of Endorsement-From Politicians-Paul Simon (March 10) 1988
01 54 Letter of Endors..From Politicians-Harkin & Morella (March 11) 1988
01 55 Letter of Endorsement-From Politicians-Pete Stark (March 18) 1988
01 56 Letter of Endorsement-From Politicians- B. Mikulski (March 21) 1988
01 57 Letter of Endorsement-From Politicians-M. Dukakis n.d.
02 01 Letter to Dr. Zinser (March 12) 1988
02 02 Letter to Dr. Elisabeth A. Zinser n.d.
02 03 Letters to Politicians (Feb and March) 1988
02 04 Letters to the Board of Trustees (Nov. 24) 1987
02 05 Letters to the Board of Trustees (Jan. 28) 1988
02 06 Letters to the Board of Trustees (Feb. 23) 1988
02 07 Letters to the Board of Trustees (Feb. 24) 1988
02 08 Letters to the Board of Trustees (Feb. 25) 1988
02 09 Letters to the Board of Trustees (Feb. 26) 1988
02 10 Letters to the Board of Trustees (Feb. 27) 1988
02 11 Letters to the Board of Trustees (Feb. 29) 1988
02 12 Letters to the Board of Trustees (March 1) 1988
02 13 Letters to the Board of Trustees (March 8) 1988
02 14 Letters to the Board of Trustees (March 9) 1988
02 15 Letters to the Board of Trustees (March 10) 1988
02 16 Letters to the Board of Trustees (March 11) 1988
02 17 Letters to the Board of Trustees (March 12) 1988
02 18 Letters to the Board of Trustees (March 13) 1988
02 19 Letters to the Board of Trustees (March 14) 1988
02 20 Letters to the Board of Trustees n.d.
02 21 List of Donations from Businesses and Companies 1988
02 22 Mail Log (March 9-14) 1988
02 23 Media- ABC News Nightline- Deaf Students Protest (March 9) 1988
02 24 Media- An Address by Dr. Harlan Lane (April 29) 1987
02 25 Media (March 10) 1988
02 26 Media (March 11) 1988
02 27 Media (March 12) 1988
02 28 Media (March 21) 1988
02 29 Media n.d.
02 30 Media Kit (March 13) 1988
02 31 Minutes (March 10) 1988
02 32 Minutes- DPN Council (March 12) 1988
02 33 Minutes- DPN Council (March 13) 1988
02 34 Minutes- DPN Council (March 14) 1988
02 35 Minutes- DPN Council (March 22) 1988
02 36 Minutes- PCD 1987
02 37 Minutes- Things to Do (March 8) 1988
02 38 Minutes- University Faculty (March 9) 1988
02 39 Minutes, Charts, and Misc n.d.
02 40 National Association of the Deaf 1988
02 41 News Releases (March 6) 1988
02 42 News Releases (March 7) 1988
02 43 News Releases (March 8) 1988
03 44 News Releases (March 9) 1988
03 45 News Releases (March 10) 1988
03 46 News Releases (March 11) 1988
03 47 News Releases (March 12) 1988
03 48 News Releases (March 13) 1988
03 49 News Releases (March 14) 1988
03 50 News Releases (March 21) 1988
03 51 News Releases n.d.
03 52 News Clipping-Silent News 1986
03 53 News Clipping-Wash. Post and Wash. Times (Aug. 27) 1987
03 54 News Clipping-On The Green (Aug. 31) 1987
03 55 News Clipping-The Buff and Blue (Sept. 8) 1987
03 56 News Clipping-The NAD Broadcaster 1987
03 57 News Clipping-NAD Broadcaster and Silent News 1987
03 58 News Clipping-Gallaudet Alumni Newsletter & NAD (Nov-Dec) 1987
03 59 News Clipping-On The Green (Dec. 14) 1987
03 60 News Clipping-Washington Times (Dec. 28) 1987
03 61 News Clipping-Silent News 1988
03 62 News Clipping-On The Green (Jan. 11) 1988
03 63 News Clipping-On The Green (Jan. 18) 1988
03 64 News Clipping-On The Green (Feb. 15) 1988
03 65 News Clipping- The Buff and Blue (Feb. 19) 1988
03 66 News Clipping- Wash. Post (Feb. 22) 1988
03 67 News Clippings- Magazines 1988
03 68 News Clipping- Wash. Post & Wash. Times (March 2) 1988
03 69 News Clipping- Wash. Post (March 3) 1988
03 70 News Clipping- The Buff and Blue (March 4) 1988
03 71 News Clipping- Articles (March 7) 1988
03 72 News Clipping- Various States (March 8) 1988
03 73 News Clipping- Articles (March 9) 1988
04 01 News Clipping- Various States (March 10) 1988
04 02 News Clipping- Various States (March 11) 1988
04 03 News Clipping- Various States (March 12) 1988
04 04 News Clipping- Various States (March 13) 1988
04 05 News Clipping- Various States (March 14) 1988
04 06 News Clipping- Various States (March 15) 1988
04 07 News Clipping- Various States (March 16) 1988
04 08 News Clipping-Chicago Sun Times Article (March 17) 1988
04 09 News Clipping- Various States (March 18) 1988
04 10 News Clipping- The Frederick Post (March 19) 1988
04 11 News Clipping- Various States (March 20) 1988
05 01 News Clipping-Articles (March 21) 1988
05 02 News Clipping-USA Today (March 22) 1988
05 03 News Clipping-Articles (March 23) 1988
05 04 News Clipping-Articles (March 25) 1988
05 05 News Clipping-Wilimington, Delaware (March 27) 1988
05 06 News Clipping-Time and People Magazines (March 28) 1988
05 07 News Clipping-Wash. Post (March 29) 1988
05 08 News Clipping-Articles (March 30) 1988
05 09 News Clipping-Articles 1988
05 10 News Clipping-Articles (April 1) 1988
05 11 News Clipping-Articles (April 4) 1988
05 12 News Clipping-Wash. Post (April 5) 1988
05 13 News Clipping-Switzerland (April 7) 1988
05 14 News Clipping-The Buff and Blue (April 8) 1988
05 15 News Clipping- Dallas, TX (April 10) 1988
05 16 News Clipping-Articles (April 11) 1988
05 17 News Clipping-The Buff and Blue (April 15) 1988
05 18 News Clipping-The Buff and Blue (April 22) 1988
05 19 News Clipping-Seattle, WA (April 23) 1988
05 20 News Clipping-Decatur, IL (April 24) 1988
05 21 News Clipping-Articles (April 25) 1988
05 22 News Clipping-The Buff and Blue (April 29) 1988
05 23 News Clipping-Articles 1988
05 24 News Clipping-On the Green (May 9) 1988
05 25 News Clipping-Salem, NC (May 21) 1988
05 26 News Clipping-The NY Review (June 2) 1988
05 27 Poems 1988
05 28 Presidential Search Committee- Letter from PCD (Oct. 5) 1987
05 29 Presidential Search Committee- Letter from PCD (Oct. 22) 1987
05 30 Presidential Search Committee-Article-On the Green (Jan. 11) 1988
05 31 Presidential Search Committee-Article-On the Green (Jan. 18) 1988
05 32 Presidential Search Committee-Article-On the Green (Feb. 15) 1988
05 33 Presidential Search Committee-Article-The Buff and Blue (Feb. 19) 1988
05 34 Presidential Search Committee-Memorandum (Feb. 29) 1988
05 35 Presidential Search Committee-Job Announcement n.d.
05 36 Questionnaires and Surveys 1988
05 37 Rally Letter- SBG (Feb. 22) 1988
05 38 Rally- Memorandum from SBG (Feb. 26) 1988
05 39 Rally- Memorandum- Harvey Goodstein (Feb. 29) 1988
05 40 Rally- News Release and Announcements 1988
05 41 Rally (March 1) 1988
05 42 Rally (March 2) 1988
05 43 Rally- Candlelight Vigil (March 5) 1988
05 44 Resignation of Dr. Jerry C. Lee-Letter (Aug. 24) 1987
05 45 Resignation of Dr. Jerry C. Lee- Wash. Post/Times (Aug. 27) 1987
05 46 Resignation of Dr. Jerry C. Lee- On The Green (Aug. 31) 1987
05 47 Resignation of Dr. Jerry C. Lee- The Buff and Blue (Sept. 8) 1987
06 01 Resignation of Dr. Jerry C. Lee- On The Green (Dec. 14) 1987
06 02 Resumes- Dr. Jordan and Dr. Zinser 1987
06 03 Statement- Harvey J. Corson (March 9) 1988
06 04 Statements- P. Bravin and L. Glass (March 10) 1988
06 05 Statements-I. King Jordan (March 10, 13) 1988
06 06 Statements- Rep. Steve Gunderson (March 11) 1988
06 07 Letter to Dr. Zinser (March 2) 1988
06 08 Letter to Dr. Zinser (March 8) 1988
06 09 Letter to Dr. Zinser (March 10) 1988
06 10 Statement- Marlee Matlin (March 11) 1988
06 11 Statement- Dr. Ronald Nomeland (March 15) 1988
06 12 Statement- Dr. Truman Steele (March 13) 1988
06 13 Statements-I. King Jordan (June 3) 1988
06 14 Statements-I. King Jordan (June 10) 1988
06 15 Statement- Dr. Gerald Burstein n.d.
06 16 Statement- Jane Spilman n.d.
06 17 Statement- Dr. Elisabeth Zinser n.d.
06 18 Telephone Log- Blanks n.d.
06 19 Thank You Letters- Draft n.d.
06 20 Transparencies n.d.
06 21 Who's Who in Deaf President Now Organization (March 10) 1988
06 22 Who's Who in Deaf President Now Organization (March 11) 1988
06 23 Who's Who in Deaf President Now Organization (March 12) 1988
06 24 Who's Who in Deaf President Now Organization 1988

 

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