The Merrill Learning Center, where the Archives is located, was closed to the public along with the University at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. However, the Merrill Learning Center also is undergoing a planned renovation that will take 3-4 years, during which the building will remain closed to the public due to safety concerns.

The Library collections, as well as the holdings of the Archives, will be temporarily stored offsite during this period. For these reasons, any access to the Archives physical collection starting March 16, 2020, begin with an e-mail to This applies to all researchers, including those who have returned to campus full-time.

We will strive to provide the same access and high-quality research support to the Gallaudet community and to the global Deaf community that we always have, but we appreciate your patience as we navigate this new normal.

We anticipate a return to our home—and to a public re-opening in new facilities—by 2025.