MSS 112
Ammons, Donalda
Papers of Donalda Ammons, 1965-1988

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.:
MSS 112
Creator: Ammons, Donalda
Title: Papers of Donalda Ammons, 1965-1988.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Abstract: The focus of this collection is Deaf sports.
Note: This document last updated 2005 November 17.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donalda Ammons donated her personal collection to the Gallaudet University Archives.
Processed by: Ronald Rood Jr., 2000 August 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:


  • Donalda Ammons [picture], Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits

Vertical Files

  • Donalda Ammons, Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical


Biographical Sketch

Donalda Ammons was raised in the Washington, D.C. area in an all Deaf family. She attended the Maryland School for the Deaf, graduating in 1970. She continued on to Gallaudet University to receive her BA in Social Philosophy in 1974, while also making history as the first female editor-in- chief of the Tower Clock. She received MA in Education from Western Maryland College in 1977. She earned her doctorate in 1988, in higher education from Nova Southeastern University. After teaching at her former school, Maryland School for the Deaf, Ammons came to Gallaudet in 1977 to join the Department of Foreign Languages as a Spanish teacher.

In Dr. Ammons years of study she has become proficient in 7 languages. She has given lectures on second language acquisition and how to teach foreign languages to the deaf. In addition to languages, Dr. Ammons is an avid sports fan. After attending the 1965 games for the Deaf she became an instant fan. She has worked with the World Games for the Deaf in various capacities varying from official to vice-chairperson.

Scope and Content

Donalda Ammons' personal collection contains one box of several folders. Her collections includes World Games for the Deaf in 1965 and 1981, several of athletes' newspaper clippings, Deaf umpire Maurice Potter, and mostly on World Games for the Deaf. The collection, which consists of approximately 300 papers, is dated from 1950-1988. The collection includes newsletter, newspaper clippings, results reports. The information is available for public.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series.

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 American Athletic Association for the Deaf newsletters 1973-1977
1 2 Deaf sports chronology 1970’s
1 4 Jeff Float 1977-1984
1 3 Kristen Cummings 1982-1985
1 6 Maurice Potter                1950-1985
1 7 Newspaper clippings on Deaf Athletes 1971-1988
1 5 The Junior N.A.D. newsletters 1984-1985
1 8 World Around You newsletters     1979-1982
1 9 World Games for the Deaf newspaper clippings 1972-1987
1 10 World Games for the Deaf results (Germany) 1981
1 11 World Games for the Deaf results (Washington D.C.)  1965