Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance, est. 1978-1986
Collection of Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance, 1978-1986
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 129
Title: Collection of Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance, 1978-1986.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 11.
Processed by: Sara Robinson. 2004 October 18.
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
- Collection, Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance, 1979-1980. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: MSS 130
- Nancy Abbott Papers, 1979-1980. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS
The Washington Metropolitan Deaf Alliance (WMDA) was founded in 1978 as an alliance to promote and maintain the welfare of deaf citizens in the Washington Metropolitan area. They functioned as a lobbying organization, keeping in touch with local, state, and national elected representatives. They promoted several bills for telecommunications access, closed-captioning, legislative access, and housing services. The Alliance's aim was to become the liaison between the various Deaf associations and organizations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to better represent the Deaf citizens of the Washington Metropolitan area. Voting membership was limited to member organizations and individuals were limited to associate membership. The WMDA was dissolved in 1986 due to lack of interest and support originating in 1980. With increased accessibility for the deaf in telecommunications, the legislative process, and in closed-captioning, there was little need for WMDA and its services. The remaining funds, $1,200, in their treasury were split amongst various deaf organizations.
Scope and Content
The collection contains meeting agendas, newspaper clippings, correspondence, financial reports, meeting minutes of the board and general meetings, memorandums, officer's reports, objectives, press releases, and newsletters. The collection dates from 1978 to 1985 with the bulk of the papers dating from 1978 to 1982. The collection has numerous gaps due to the organization's periodic inactivity. The bulk of the collection is correspondence regarding various bills for the deaf community and the dissolution of the WMDA. The correspondence includes letters to Senator Barbara Mikulski and other legislators. The collection contains 26 folders in one box and is arranged by subject matter. The information is useful for research concerning deaf people's accessibility and rights in Washington, DC during the late 1970s.
Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
|Box||Folder||Title of Folder||Date|
|1||07||Correspondence: HR 3657 (Mikulski Bill)||1979-1980|
|1||08||Correspondence: Housing Referral Service for the Deaf||1979|
|1||09||Correspondence: Mental Health Services for the Deaf||1980|
|1||10||Correspondence: Metro Safety||1980|
|1||11||Correspondence: Telecommunications Access||1978-1982|
|1||12||Correspondence: Television Accessibility||1980-1983|
|1||13||Correspondence: Visit to Annapolis House (Delegates)||1979-1980|
|1||14||Correspondence: WMDA Board||1980-1981|
|1||16||Flyers and Pamphlets||1979,|
|1||17||Forms and Letterheads||n.d.|
|1||18||Meeting Minutes: General||1979-1984|
|1||19||Meeting Minutes: Board||1979-1980|
|1||20||Member and Officer Directory||1979|
|1||24||Objectives FY 1979-1980||1979-1980|
|3||Objects include: leather bound binder, seal dossier, and membership certificates|