Archives and Deaf Collections

The Merrill Learning Center, including the Archives, is currently closed to visitors to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. However, the Archives staff is still available to help you. We can answer reference questions and scan photos, papers, and books for your use. Contact us at, call our videophone at 202 250 2604 (Leave a video message), or look for us on Zoom (Remote video conference):
Christopher Shea (Hours: 3:00pm to 5:00pm, Mon to Fri):
Samuel Hahn (Hours: 9:00am to 11:00am, Mon to Fri):
Jerrod Grill (Hours 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Mon to Fri):
Department News

After an intensive digitization project that lasted several months, Deaf Rare books and periodicals are now online for your use! You can access the collections via the following links:

Library Catalog
Internet Archive - Deaf Rare Materials
Internet Archive - Deaf Mutes Journal
Mexico Independent and Deaf-Mutes' Journal - 1873-1874 (Arranged by year)
The Deaf-Mutes' Journal - 1875-1937 (Arranged by year)
Gallaudet University Annual Reports - 1858 to 1967
The Gallaudet Guide, and Deaf Mutes Companion - 1860 to 1862
The Silent Worker (1888 to 1929) - Internet Archive
The Silent Worker (1948 to 1966) - Internet Archive
The Deaf American (1966 to 1989) - Internet Archive
National Deaf Mute Gazette - 1867 to 1868 (Arranged by year)
The Deaf-Mutes' Friend - 1869 (Arranged by year)
The Buff & Blue - 1892 to 2000 (Arranged by year)

The Buff & Blue (1934-1946) - Internet Archive
Gallaudet University Research Commons