Manuscripts

MSS 182
Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance, est. 1978
Collection of Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance, 1974-1985

 

Gallaudet University Archives


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 182
Creator:
Title: Collection of Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance, 1974-1985
Quantity: 3 linear feet (6 document boxes)
Abstract: The Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance was an organization that promoted and maintained the welfare of deaf citizens in the Washington Metropolitan area. This collection consists of articles, correspondence, lists, manuscripts, memorandums, minutes, newsletters, proposals, and reports.
Note:

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Collection of Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance was donated to the Gallaudet University Archives on June 21, 1985.
Processed By: Jeffrey Peterson, 2010 December 7.
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

Manuscripts

  • Collection, Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance, 1978-1986. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 129
  • Papers, Kathleen Seymour, 1978-1985. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 174

Small Manuscripts

  • Papers, Nancy Abbott, 1979-1980. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Historical Sketch

A group of 20 people met at Gallaudet College to participate in forming a new advocacy alliance for the deaf in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area. From this meeting the Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance (WMDA) was created in 1978. The goals of the organization were to bring together deaf organizations and individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to concentrate on issues and programs for the deaf. The WMDA also hoped to serve as a political base for the deaf consumer.

Some of the Alliance's main projects were the establishment of a 24-hour Metro-wide telephone answering service, 24-hour telephone operator assistance, and immediate interpreter service for emergency situations.

Voting membership was limited to member organizations and individuals were limited to associate membership.
Beginning in 1980, interest and support for the WMDA began to falter. Similarly, as new accessibility to telecommunications, captioning, and the legislative process became available to the deaf the necessity for the WMDA dropped. The organization eventually dissolved in 1986.

Scope and Content

The Collection of Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance consists of 6 document boxes for a total of 3 linear feet and approximately 4,800 pages. The materials within the collection range from 1974 to 1985 with the majority of content from 1979-1982.

The bulk and strongest component of the papers are correspondence, proposals, and reports. The WMDA worked closely with organizations in the Metropolitan area such as the Maryland Association of the Deaf and the Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf as well corresponding with Maryland and Virginia County health departments, education departments, and social services. These documents make up the largest portion of the collection.

A relatively weak part of the collection is minutes. Within the collection are minutes from the WMDA Board, general organization, and one of the association's committees. Although the records for meetings were kept well, the only minutes included are from 1978-1980, covering just a 2-year span of the WMDA's 8-year history.

Series Description and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title Date
01 01 Advertisements / Fliers 1979-1981
01 02 Advertisements / Fliers n.d.
01 03 Agendas - Answering Service Agenda n.d.
01 04 Agendas - Establishment of a Commission on Deafness 1976
01 05 Agendas - Public Relations Committee 1980
01 06 Agendas - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance 1978-1979
01 07 Applications - Associate Member Organization Applications 1979-1980
01 08 Applications - Individual Membership Applications 1979-1980
01 09 Applications - Organization Membership Applications 1979-1980
01 10 Articles 1975-1980
01 11 Articles n.d.
01 12 Booklets - Quick Guide to Community Resources 1980
01 13 Booklets - Signing Simply 1980
01 14 Booklets - TDD / TTY Operator Services n.d.
01 15 Booklets - Your Job Search 1980
01 16 Business Cards n.d.
01 17 Correspondence - A - I 1976-1981
01 18 Correspondence - Baltimore Advocates for Services to the Deaf 1980-1981
01 19 Correspondence - C & P Telephone Company 1980-1981
01 20 Correspondence - California Association of the Deaf 1980
01 21 Correspondence - Dayle McIntosh Center 1980
01 22 Correspondence - Deaf Telecommunicators of Greater Washington, Inc. 1978-1980
01 23 Correspondence - Deafpride, Inc. 1979-1982
01 24 Correspondence - District of Columbia Public Library 1978-1981
01 25 Correspondence - District of Columbia Services for Independent Living, Inc. 1980
01 26 Correspondence - Family Service of Prince George's County, Inc. 1979-1982
01 27 Correspondence - Gallaudet College 1978-1981
01 28 Correspondence - George Washington University Hospital 1980
01 29 Correspondence - Government of the District of Columbia 1979-1981
01 30 Correspondence - I Hear Your Hand / Deaf Awareness 1979-1980
01 31 Correspondence - M - S 1978-1982
02 01 Correspondence - Maryland Association of the Deaf 1978-1983
02 02 Correspondence - Maryland House of Delegates 1978-1981
02 03 Correspondence - Maryland State Department of Education 1980
02 04 Correspondence - Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission 1979-1980
02 05 Correspondence - McCoy, Patricia 1979-1981
02 06 Correspondence - Metropolitan Washington Association of the Deaf, Inc. 1979-1982
02 07 Correspondence - Montgomery County Government 1979-1980
02 08 Correspondence - National Association of the Deaf 1979-1980
02 09 Correspondence - National Center for Law and the Deaf 1979-1981
02 10 Correspondence - Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf 1979-1982
02 11 Correspondence - Prince George's County Council 1979-1980
02 12 Correspondence - Prince George's County Department of Health 1978-1980
02 13 Correspondence - Prince George's County Department of Social Services 1978-1981
02 14 Correspondence - Prince George's County Government 1978-1980
02 15 Correspondence - Prince George's County Government: Office of the Coordination of Services to the Handicapped 1978-1981
02 16 Correspondence - Re: Annapolis Tour 1980
02 17 Correspondence - Re: Deaf Referral Services, Inc., Housing Proposal for the Deaf 1979
02 18 Correspondence - Re: Fund Raising Dance 1980
02 19 Correspondence - Re: Potluck Picnic 1980
02 20 Correspondence - Re: Presidential Campaign Interpreters 1980
02 21 Correspondence - Re: Telephone Communication Assistance for the Deaf 1980
02 22 Correspondence - T - W 1978-1982
02 23 Correspondence - Television Networks 1979-1980
02 24 Correspondence - Unidentified 1979-1980
02 25 Correspondence - United States House of Representatives 1980
02 26 Correspondence - University of Maryland 1980-1982
02 27 Correspondence - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Interoffice 1978-1981
02 28 Government Proclamations 1978-1980
02 29 Government Resolutions 1979-1981
03 01 Greater Southeast Community Hospital Interpreter Issues 1977-1981
03 02 Greater Southeast Community Hospital Interpreter Issues n.d.
03 03 Lists - Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf Board of Directors and Officers Lists 1980
03 04 Lists - Contact Sheet for Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Members of the Board 1979-1980
03 05 Lists - Deaf Population of Metropolitan Area n.d.
03 06 Lists - Frequently Used Services with TTY Phones n.d.
03 07 Lists - Nominees for Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Advisory Board n.d.
03 08 Lists - Organization Presidents n.d.
03 09 Lists - Prince George's County Council n.d.
03 10 Lists - Prince George's County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly n.d.
03 11 Lists - Prince George's Democratic Central Committee n.d.
03 12 Lists - Support Letter Mailing List n.d.
03 13 Lists - Telephone Numbers at State Agencies Where Teletypewriters are Available n.d.
03 14 Lists - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Associate Group Organizational Members n.d.
03 15 Lists - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Board of Directors n.d.
03 16 Lists - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Individual Members n.d.
03 17 Lists - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Meeting Attendance Lists 1979-1980
03 18 Lists - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Organizational Members 1979-1980
03 19 Lobbying 1979
03 20 Manuscripts - Comparison of Laws Establishing State Commissions on Deafness n.d.
03 21 Manuscripts - Learning the Legislative Process n.d.
03 22 Manuscripts - Petition Requesting the Mayor to Order the Purchase and Installation of Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf n.d.
03 23 Manuscripts - Policy on Volunteer Interpreter and Translator Services at Functions of County Government 1980
03 24 Manuscripts - Priority Needs n.d.
03 25 Manuscripts - Survey of Needs of Deaf Persons in the Five-County Philadelphia Area as they Relate to Telecommunications 1974
03 26 Manuscripts - What the Political Workshop was Really Like n.d.
03 27 Memorandums 1978-1979
03 28 Memorandums 1980-1982
03 29 Memorandums n.d.
03 30 Minutes - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Board Meeting 1980-1981
04 01 Minutes - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance General Meetings 1978-1980
04 02 Minutes - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance General Meetings n.d.
04 03 Minutes - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Public Relations Committee 1980
04 04 Miscellaneous Notes 1981-1982
04 05 Newsletters - Albert Witzke Medical Center News n.d.
04 06 Newsletters - DCARA Newsletter (Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency 1979
04 07 Newsletters - Dee Cee Eyes 1979-1980
04 08 Newsletters - Dee Cee Eyes n.d.
04 09 Newsletters - GLAD News (Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness) 1979
04 10 Newsletters - Mustard Seed 1982
04 11 Newsletters - National Center for Law and the Deaf Newsletter 1980
04 12 Newsletters - National Health Care Foundation for the Deaf 1980-1981
04 13 Newsletters - Outreach 1979
04 14 Newsletters - Prince George's County Coalition for the Handicapped, Inc. 1981
04 15 Newsletters - Reporting for Deaf Virginians 1979
04 16 Newsletters - St. Barnabas' Episcopal Mission to the Deaf n.d.
04 17 Newsletters - VMS Update (Visual Media Services) 1982
04 18 Newsletters - Voice of the MAD (Maryland Association of the Deaf) 1981
04 19 Newsletters - Warbler 1982
04 20 Newsletters - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Newsletter 1980
04 21 Notes - Minutes Drafts 1979-1980
04 22 Organizations - Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 1981
04 23 Organizations - Contact 1979
04 24 Organizations - Deafpride, Inc. n.d.
04 25 Organizations - Family Service of Prince George's County, Inc. 1980
04 26 Organizations - Maryland Alliance of Advocates with the Handicapped 1978-1980
04 27 Organizations - Maryland Association of the Deaf 1981
04 28 Organizations - Southern Maryland Psychiatric Center, Inc. 1979
05 01 Organizations - Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance n.d.
05 02 Policies on Interpreters in Government Agencies 1979-1980
05 03 Press Releases 1979-1982
05 04 Press Releases n.d.
05 05 Prince George's County Health Department 1976-1978
05 06 Programs 1980
05 07 Proposals - Housing Proposal in Baltimore 1978-1980
05 08 Proposals - Interpreter Referral Service 1982
05 09 Proposals - Louis W. Foxwell Sr. Memorial Community 1979-1980
05 10 Proposals - Maryland State Commission for Hearing-Impaired Persons n.d.
05 11 Proposals - Prince George's County Teletype System for the Hearing Impaired 1979-1980
05 12 Proposals - Telephone Communication Assistance for the Deaf 1979-1982
05 13 Publications - 504 Handbook 1979
05 14 Reports - Dissolution Plans n.d.
05 15 Reports - Financial Reports 1979-1985
05 16 Reports - Fiscal Year Objectives 1979-1981
05 17 Reports - Maryland Legislative Bills for the Hearing Impaired Final Status Report 1980
05 18 Reports - Officers'' Annual Activity Reports 1980
05 19 Reports - President's Reports 1979-1980
05 20 Reports - Public Committee Report n.d.
06 01 Reports - Staff Recommendation for the Project Review Committee Meeting Regarding Southern Maryland Psychiatric Center and Psychiatric Institute for Southern Maryland 1979
06 02 Reports - Tax Exemption 1979-1983
06 03 Resumes n.d.
06 04 Schools - English Manor Elementary School 1979-1980
06 05 Services for Independent Living Request for Proposals 1982
06 06 Speeches - Alice Hagermeyer at the Council of Governments, Task Force on Publicity Relations 1979
06 07 Speeches - Nancy Abbott 1978-1980
06 08 Speeches - Sy Dubow, Director National Center for Law and the Deaf to Members of the South Carolina Assembly 1978
06 09 Surveys - Answering Service Project: Existing Services Survey n.d.
06 10 Surveys - Community Survey on Disability-Related Issues n.d.
06 11 Surveys - Organizational Survey n.d.
06 12 Surveys - Questionnaire on TDD Local Answering Service n.d.
06 13 TTY Answering Service for the Deaf of Greater Washington 1974-1980
06 14 Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance Officer's Manual 1980
06 15 Work Schedules 1979-1980
06 16 Workshops - Political Workshop 1980
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