Manuscripts

MSS 180
Bragg, Bernard, 1928-
Papers of Bernard Bragg, 1950-1993


Gallaudet University Archives


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 180
Creator:
Title: Papers of Bernard Bragg, 1950-1993
Quantity: 6.5 linear feet (7 document boxes and 1 oversize box)
Abstract: Bernard Bragg is a world-famous deaf actor and mime. This collection consists of articles, correspondence, lists, manuscripts, newsletters, photographs, programs, publications, and reports.
Note:

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Papers of Bernard Bragg was donated to the Gallaudet University Archives by Bernard Bragg on October 27, 1994.
Processed By: Jeffrey Peterson, 2010 October 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

Photographs

  • Bernard Bragg [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits
  • That Makes Two of Us [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Drawer B1

Small Manuscripts

  • Papers, Bernard Nathan Bragg. 1949. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Vertical Files

  • Bernard Bragg. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

Bernard Nathan Bragg was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 27th, 1928, to parents Wolf and Jennie Bragg. In 1933 Bernard entered the New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood, and graduated as valedictorian in 1947. Bragg then moved on to Gallaudet College and majored in English and Education until he graduated in 1952. Following his graduation, Bernard was offered a teaching position at the California School for the Deaf, Berkley, where he taught for 15 years from 1952 to 1967. In 1959 he received his MA in Special Education from San Francisco State University.

Bernard Bragg's biggest and most influential impact was as a deaf performer. Bernard's father ran an amateur theatre company in New York which provided Bernard with an early glimpse and familiarity with the world of theatre. He developed a keen interest in poetry and drama and during his years at Gallaudet performed as the lead roles of such plays as "The Miser," "The Merchant Gentleman," and "Tartuffe."

While performing in a nightclub in San Francisco in 1956 the famous French mime Marcel Marceau was captivated with his performance and invited Bragg to France to be his pupil. There Bragg learned the artistry of mime, returned to Berkley, and continued performing in small clubs earning him the nickname "The Houdini of Pantomime." In 1958 he was selected by Life magazine as one of the best small night club performers of the year.

In 1960 Bragg became the first deaf person to perform regularly on TV with his show "The Quiet Man" that ran for 4 years. He appeared in several other television shows as well: "A Child's Christmas in Wales," "And Your Name is Jonah," "Can Anybody Hear Me," and "My Third Eye."

With David Hays, Bragg established the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) in 1966. Bragg continued to make waves by, according to one biography, being the first American actor in over 100 years to perform with a Russian company in 1973.

Bragg accepted a post as artist-in-residence at Gallaudet College in 1977 and continued to travel, perform, and provide workshops on sign language and theatre for the deaf.

Scope and Content

The papers of Bernard Bragg consists of 7 document boxes and 1 oversize box for a total of 6.5 linear feet and approximately 5,600 pages. The materials within the collection range from 1950 to 1993 with the majority of content from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The bulk and strongest component of the papers are articles, newsletters, and publications. Bernard Bragg's talents were internationally known so most of the collection is comprised of printed material about his exploits as a performer. The weakest part of the collection is information relating to the establishment of the National Theatre of the Deaf. As one of its co-founders one would expect to see more material in regards to how the NTD was erected but the only documents relating to this is via correspondence with Edna Levine.

One box containing photographs is also in this collection.

Of particular interest to the researcher is a transcribed interview with Marcel Marceau about his impressions of Bernard Bragg.

Series Description and Folder Lists
No Series

 
Box Folder Title Date
01 01 Advertisements/Fliers 1974-1993
01 02 Advertisements/Fliers n.d.
01 03 Articles 1950-1964
01 04 Articles 1967-1973
01 05 Articles 1974-1977
01 06 Articles 1978-1980
01 07 Articles 1981-1984
01 08 Articles 1985-1993
01 09 Articles n.d.
02 01 Biographies - Bragg, Bernard n.d.
02 02 Booklets - Captioned Media for Hearing-Impaired Youngsters: What Parents Need to Know 1984
02 03 Booklets - Casts of Characters (Russian) n.d.
02 04 Books - Døveteater: Gennem Mange År (Danish: Deaf Theatre: Over Many Years) 1985
02 05 Books - I'm Deaf Too: 12 Deaf Americans 1973
02 06 Catalogs - Kapiolani Community College American Sign Language/Interpreter Education Program 1992
02 07 Certificates 1974-1993
02 08 Conventions - Sixteenth Annual Story Telling Festival 1988
02 09 Conventions - Twenty-Third Annual Conference International Visual Literacy Association 1991
02 10 Correspondence - A - I 1978-1993
02 11 Correspondence - Board of Cooperative Educational Services 1984
02 12 Correspondence - Capital Cities Television Productions 1977-1979
02 13 Correspondence - Gallaudet College Alumni Association Chapters 1983-1985
02 14 Correspondence - Gallaudet College/University 1977-1991
02 15 Correspondence - Greeting/Holiday Cards n.d.
02 16 Correspondence - K - P 1977-1993
02 17 Correspondence - Levine, Edna 1970-1985
02 18 Correspondence - National Endowment for the Arts 1983-1984
02 19 Correspondence - National Theatre of the Deaf 1991
02 20 Correspondence - Post Cards 1978
02 21 Correspondence - Pugin, Mary Ann 1986
02 22 Correspondence - Rockstad, Beth 1985
02 23 Correspondence - S - Z 1984-1986
02 24 Correspondence - Schools 1983-1994
02 25 Correspondence - Unidentified 1983
02 26 Correspondence - Very Special Arts 1985-1987
02 27 Correspondence - Williams, Boyce 1984
02 28 Grant Applications - Model Community Theatre of the Deaf 1979
02 29 Grant Applications - School for Mime in Theatre n.d.
03 01 Grant Applications - Theatre in Sign 1976-1977
03 02 Historical Sketch - National Theatre of the Deaf n.d.
03 03 Interview with Marcel Marceau 1978
03 04 Invitations 1984-1992
03 05 Lectures - Signs of Silence 1977
03 06 Lists - And Your Name is Jonah Staff and Crew List 1978
03 07 Lists - Døvefilm Video (Norwegian: Deaf Film Videos) 1979-1980
03 08 Lists - Gallaudet University Authors and Editors 1993
03 09 Lists - National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities First Forty Inductees 1983-1990
03 10 Lists - Reception for Bernard Bragg in Finland Guest List n.d.
03 11 Manuscripts - Backstage at the Club of the Deaf 1979
03 12 Manuscripts - Bragg Scores Another Hit n.d.
03 13 Manuscripts - Culture Without Captions n.d.
03 14 Manuscripts - Happy to be in America n.d.
03 15 Manuscripts - Progress Report: Better English Through Sign 1986
03 16 Manuscripts - Proposal for an International Theatre Seminar for the Deaf n.d.
03 17 Manuscripts - Pulse of My Horizon: Prologue n.d.
03 18 Manuscripts - Tales from a Clubroom n.d.
03 19 Manuscripts - Theatre by the Deaf: Perspectives 1977
03 20 Manuscripts - This Makes All of Us (Review of "That Makes Two of Us") 1980
03 21 Manuscripts - Transcending Limitations n.d.
03 22 Manuscripts - Wonders of the Soundless World of Bernard Bragg n.d.
03 23 Memorandums 1978-1984
03 24 Memorandums 1985-1987
03 25 Minutes - Hughes Memorial Theatre/Model Community Theatre for the Deaf 1979
03 26 Miscellaneous - Addresses and Business Cards n.d.
03 27 Miscellaneous - Best Wishes from the Original Cast "Tales from a Clubroom" (Autographed) 1982
03 28 Miscellaneous - Careers in the Arts for Disabled People: Information Sheet 1983
03 29 Miscellaneous - Chinese Paper Cutouts n.d.
03 30 Newsletters - Access 1981
03 31 Newsletters - Articulator 1983
03 32 Newsletters - Bettendorf Bookmark 1989
04 01 Newsletters - Center Dialogue 1988
04 02 Newsletters - Coup d'Oeil (French: Glance) 1978
04 03 Newsletters - Developments n.d.
04 04 Newsletters - Folklore Society of Greater Washington Newsletter 1983
04 05 Newsletters - Gallaudet Alumni Bulletin 1962
04 06 Newsletters - Gallaudet Alumni Newsletter 1979-1988
04 07 Newsletters - Impact 1989
04 08 Newsletters - Knob Hill News 1979
04 09 Newsletters - League for the Hearing Impaired 1992
04 10 Newsletters - National Theatre of the Deaf 1991
04 11 Newsletters - Special School of the Future Update 1980
04 12 Newsletters - Voice of the Maryland Association of the Deaf 1987
04 13 Newsletters - WID News (Western Institute for the Deaf) 1983-1984
04 14 Newsletters - Your World and You 1979
04 15 Notes - Class Lectures 1983
04 16 Notes - Resource Materials for Using Drama with the Disabled Student 1983
04 17 Notes - Review of Question-and-Answer Session Following my Keynote Address 1985
04 18 Notes - Selecting Jeff Bravin for "And Your Name is Jonah" n.d.
04 19 Notes - Short Ear Enterprises, Inc. 6-Month Budget n.d.
04 20 Notes - World Tour Lecture n.d.
04 21 Play Bills - That Makes Two of Us, White Hawk n.d.
04 22 Poems - Mervin D. Garretson's Poem in Foreign Languages n.d.
04 23 Poems - Silent Words 1980
04 24 Press Releases 1977-1990
04 25 Printed Photographs n.d.
04 26 Proceedings - First National Conference on Scouting for the Hearing Impaired 1979
04 27 Programs 1962-1993
04 28 Programs n.d.
04 29 Publications - Arts Accessibility for the Deaf 1981
04 30 Publications - Deaf American 1968-1978
04 31 Publications - Deaf Players' Guide 1979-1980
04 32 Publications - Disabled USA 1980
04 33 Publications - Elternvereins-Nachrichten (German: Parents' Association News) 1977
04 34 Publications - Epoca (Spanish: The Time) 1993
05 01 Publications - Faro del Silencio (Spanish: Lighthouse Silence) 1977
05 02 Publications - FiAPAS (Federacion Española de Asociaciones de Padres y Amigos de los Sordos, Spanish: Spanish Federation of Associations of Parents and Friends of the Deaf) 1992
05 03 Publications - First Public Performances of the Deaf Theatre Troup (Chinese) n.d.
05 04 Publications - GLAD News (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness) 1986
05 05 Publications - Hollywood Reporter 1978
05 06 Publications - Irish Deaf Journal 1991
05 07 Publications - Junior Deaf American 1980
05 08 Publications - Kiwanis 1984
05 09 Publications - Kuurojen Lehti (Finnish: Journal of the Deaf) 1977
05 10 Publications - NAD Broadcaster 1984
05 11 Publications - National Theatre of the Deaf: Twenty-Five Years n.d.
05 12 Publications - On the Green 1978-1986
05 13 Publications - People 1979
05 14 Publications - PROAS (Promocion y Asistencia a Sordos, Spanish: Promotion and Assistance to the Deaf) 1977
05 15 Publications - Sense 1992
05 16 Publications - Sign Writer Newspaper 1984
05 17 Publications - Silent Worker 1960
05 18 Publications - Span 1978
05 19 Publications - Staten Island Sunday Advance 1979
05 20 Publications - TV Guide 1979
05 21 Publications - Voix du Sourd (French: Voice of the Deaf) 1977
05 22 Publications - World Today (Chinese) 1978
05 23 Publications - В ЕДИНОМ СТРОЮ (Russian: United and Moved) 1974-1975
05 24 Reports - First 50-Day Period Progress Report of Work Completed by Bernard Bragg 1982-1983
06 01 Reports - Last 50-Day Period Progress Report of Work Completed by Bernard Bragg 1983
06 02 Reports - National Committee, Arts for the Handicapped Final Report 1979-1980
06 03 Reports - Six Month Progress Report of Work Completed by Bernard Bragg 1980
06 04 Reports - Use of Television to Promote the Social Rehabilitation of the Deaf n.d.
06 05 Resumes - Bailey, Robert E. n.d.
06 06 Resumes - Bragg, Bernard 1983
06 07 Schedules - Artist-in-Residence Schedule 1986
06 08 Scripts - Tales from a Clubroom 1982
06 09 Synopses - Treasure Island n.d.
06 10 Workshops - Deafness in the Arts n.d.
06 11 Workshops - Workshops with Bernard Bragg n.d.
OV 01 01 Articles 1974
OV 01 02 Calendars - Silent Achievers 1980
OV 01 03 Publications - Life 1979
OV 01 04 Publications - Moscow Pantomime Drama Theatre n.d.
OV 01 05 Publications - National Theatre of the Deaf 1984-1987
OV 01 06 Publications - Soviet Life 1981
OV 01 07 Publications - Washington Post Magazine 1979


Photographs List

 
Box Title Date
07 Bernard Bragg as Captain Marvelous 1981
07 Disabled Genius at Sister Kenny Institute's 40th Anniversary Celebration 1982
07 France 1977-1978
07 Illinois School for the Deaf n.d.
07 Negatives 1987
07 Russian Deaf Theatre 1972
07 S.P. Baghcheban (Autographed) n.d.
07 Unidentified n.d.

 

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