MSS 237
Miller, John, 1935-
The John Miller Deaf Sports Collection, 1921-2005

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 237
Creators: Miller, John, 1935-
Title: The John Miller Deaf Sports Collection, 1921-2005
Quantity: 8 boxes (4.5 lf)
Abstract: Note: This document last updated April 2019.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the Archives by John Miller, undated, and by Lois Hoover, 2018.
Processed By: Begun by Corinne Palaia and Michael J. Olson, 2017, and completed by Christopher Shea, April 2019.
Processing Note:
Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions.

Related Material in the Archives

Manuscripts

• American Athletic Association of the Deaf Clipping Collection, 1945-1987. Gallaudet University Archives, call number: MSS 236

Photograph albums

• [Two photograph albums, undated.] Gallaudet University Archives, call number: AL-220, AL-221

Scrapbooks

• [Two scrapbooks, undated.] Gallaudet University Archives, call number: Scrapbook 78, Scrapbook 79

Vertical Files

• American Athletic Association of the Deaf. Gallaudet University Archives, call number: Deaf Associations
• Metropolitan Washington Association of the Deaf, Inc. Gallaudet University Archives, call number: Deaf Associations
• Southeast Athletic Association of the Deaf. Inc. Gallaudet University Archives, call number: Deaf Associations

Biographical Sketch

Born deaf to deaf parents in Washington, D.C., in 1935, John Miller attended the Kendall School, which was only a short distance from his home. At age 14, he joined the Kendall Wildcats basketball team and quickly became a standout player, scoring an average of 20.2 points a game and never missing a single game. He was honored as an All-American each year between 1951 and 1953, and during his senior year, 1953, he was recognized as an All-D.C. player and also named the Silent Worker’s Player of the Year.

Miller attended Gallaudet College for one year and then left to take a job as a linotype operator at the Government Printing Office, where he continued to work until his retirement 39 years later.

Miller was also very active in the local deaf clubs, including the District of Columbia Club for the Deaf (DCCD), which later moved to Maryland and changed its name to the Metropolitan Washington Association of the Deaf (MWAD). He served six years as MWAD president, growing the club to 515 members, and was also active in publishing the MWAD’s newsletter, Dee Cee Eyes.

Even after his graduation from Kendall School, Miller continued to be involved in deaf sports, particularly basketball and softball, through the regional Southeast Athletic Association of the Deaf (SEAAD) and its nationwide affiliate, the American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD). He played on the DCCD/MWAD basketball team for 17 years, scoring over 7000 points. During this time, the DCCD team won the SEAAD regional title 15 out of 17 seasons, and the AAAD national championship once, in 1965. He also represented America in basketball at the World Games for the Deaf in 1961 and 1965, winning gold medals both times. In 1977, DCCD won its first AAAD softball championship with Miller as a player-manager.

After retiring as a player, Miller remained active in the SEAAD and AAAD, including serving as SEAAD vice president for six years and president for two terms, as well as AAAD softball commissioner for 13 years. During his six years as MWAD president, the MWAD basketball team won the AAAD title four times, and the softball team also won several championships. He was named to the SEAAD and AAAD Halls of Fame in 1980 as a player and then later as a delegate-at-large.

After retiring from the GPO, Miller and his wife, Ausma, relocated to Arizona in 2005. He was co-chair, with Lois Hoover, of the Kendall School 150th Anniversary celebration.

Scope and Content

The bulk of this collection (about half) is program books from deaf sporting events hosted by the SEAAD, AAAD, and other deaf athletic groups. This particularly includes national softball and basketball tournaments where Miller participated as either a player, a manager, or a spectator. There is also some material on deaf bowling events.

The remainder of the series includes photographs, mostly unlabeled, and some material from Miller’s sports career at Kendall School in the 1950s, such as coach’s reports (written by Frank Turk) and intramural sports standings. It also includes a collection of artifacts, mostly sports memorabilia, including Kendall and Gallaudet sports letters, pennants, Miller’s diploma from the 1965 International Games for the Deaf, and more.

Series Descriptions
Series 1. AAAD basketball tournament program books, 1970-1997
Boxes 1-2
A collection of tournament programs from the American Athletic Association of the Deaf’s annual basketball tournament, including information on team members, brackets, sponsors, and event schedules.
Series 2. SEAAD basketball registration forms, 1991
Boxes 2-3
Top carbon copies of registration forms for teams, fans, and other attendees at the Southeast Athletic Association of the Deaf’s 45th annual regional basketball tournament, held March 7-9, 1991. Includes a form for each attendee, lists of ticket prices, and team rosters and photographs.
Series 3. AAAD softball tournament program books, 1984-1994
Box 3
Similar to series 1, this series consists of program books for annual slow-pitch softball tournament. Includes team rosters and photos, event schedules, brackets, advertising flyers, and more.
Series 4. SEAAD and MWAD softball tournament planning records, 1993-1994
Boxes 3-4
On August 25-27, 1994, the Southeast Athletic Association of the Deaf and the Metro Washington Association of the Deaf co-hosted SEAAD’s annual softball tournament in Washington, D.C. These records cover the planning for this event and include correspondence, meeting minutes, flyers and other advertising, and copies of the SEAAD newsletter.
Series 5. SEAAD softball tournament program books, 1986-1996
Boxes 4-5
As in series 3, this series includes annual softball tournament programs for events hosted by SEAAD. Includes team rosters and photos, brackets, newsletters, flyers, and more.
Series 6. MWAD softball scorebooks, 1975-1978
Box 5
A small collection of baseball score books, filled out by hand, covering various games played by the MWAD softball team.
Series 7. Bowling program books, 1989-1996
Box 5
A collection of program books from bowling tournaments held by various deaf groups in the Washington area, including the MWAD, the National Deaf Bowling Association, and the Metro Mixed League.
Series 8. Other program books, 1959-2004
Boxes 5-6
A collection of program books, from both sports and non-sports events, including basketball tournaments, a beauty pageant, and Hall of Fame and anniversary events for various deaf organizations.
Series 9. Kendall School sports records, 1952-1983
Box 6
The bulk of this series is sports rosters, program books, and coach’s reports from the Kendall School 1952-1954 sports seasons during Miller’s time as a basketball star. Also includes some material from Kendall School’s 125th anniversary celebration in 1983.
Series 10. Correspondence and minutes, 1960-2005
Box 6
A small collection of correspondence, by Miller and others, mostly related to deaf sports and other deaf organizations. Includes some material from Miller’s campaign for AAAD softball commissioner and letterhead and envelopes from AAAD and MWAD.
Series 11. Newsletters, 1970-2005
Box 7
Copies of the AAAD Bulletin, Dee Cee Eyes (the MWAD’s newsletter), and other deaf and hearing newsletters and magazines, mostly on sports topics and/or deaf organizations.
Series 12. Photographs, 1921-1993
Box 7
A collection of photographs, mostly of deaf basketball and other sports teams at the MWAD and DCCD (District of Columbia Club of the Deaf), as well as photos of Miller as a teenage basketball player and as an adult.
Series 13. Artifacts, undated
Box 8
A collection of items, mostly sports-related. Includes sports letters from Kendall School and Gallaudet, pennants, and about half a book’s worth of loose scrapbook pages, mostly with photos and news clippings about sports and events at Kendall. Also includes Miller’s diploma from the X International Games for the Deaf (1965), where he competed as a basketball player and some large photos of him in front of the GPO building.

BOX FOLDER TITLE YEAR(S)
1 1 26th annual basketball tournament program book 1970
1 2 35th annual basketball tournament flyer and bulletin 1978-1979
1 3 37th annual basketball tournament program book 1981
1 4 44th annual basketball tournament program book 1988
1 5 45th annual basketball tournament program book 1989
1 6 46th annual basketball tournament program book 1990
1 7 47th men's / 1st women's annual basketball tournament program book 1991
1 8 48th men's / 2nd women's annual basketball tournament program book 1992
1 9 49th men's / 3rd women's annual basketball tournament program book 1993
1 10 50th men's / 4th women's annual basketball tournament program book 1994
1 11 51st men's / 5th women's annual basketball tournament program book 1995
1 12 24th annual basketball tournament program book 1970
1 13 25th annual basketball tournament program book 1971
2 1 29th annual basketball tournament program book 1975
2 2 34th annual basketball tournament program book 1980
2 3 41st annual basketball tournament program book 1987
2 4 42nd annual basketball tournament program book 1988
2 5 43rd annual basketball tournament program book 1989
2 6 44th annual basketball tournament program book 1990
2 7 45th annual basketball tournament program book 1991
2 8 46th men's / 2nd women's annual basketball tournament program book 1992
2 9 47th men's / 3rd women's annual basketball tournament program book 1993
2 10 48th annual basketball tournament program book 1994
2 11 49th men's / 5th women's basketball tournament program book 1995
2 12 50th golden anniversary basketball tournament program book 1996
2 13 51st men's / 7th women's basketball tournament program book 1997
2 14 At-large registration forms 1991
2 15 Registration forms for Capital City Association of the Deaf men's team 1991
2 16 Registration forms for Capital City Association of the Deaf women's team 1991
2 17 Registration forms for Carolina Athletic Association of the Deaf men's team 1991
2 18 Registration forms for delegates 1991
2 19 Registration forms for East Coast Athletic Association of the Deaf men's team 1991
2 20 Registration forms for Ebony Social Club of the Deaf, Inc., men's team 1991
2 21 Registration forms for Ebony Social Club of the Deaf, Inc., women's team 1991
2 22 Registration forms for fans 1991
2 23 Registration forms for Greater Tampa Bay Association of the Deaf men's team 1991
2 24 Registration forms for Macon Athletic Club for the Deaf men's team 1991
2 25 Registration forms for Macon Athletic Club for the Deaf women's team 1991
3 1 Registration forms for Metro Washington Association of the Deaf men's team 1991
3 2 Registration forms for Metro Washington Association of the Deaf, "The Softballers" 1991
3 3 Metro Washington Association of the Deaf women's team 1991
3 4 Registration forms for Richmond Club of the Deaf, Inc., men's team 1991
3 5 Registration forms for SEAAD officers 1991
3 6 Registration forms for senior citizens 1991
3 7 Registration forms for Shenandoah Valley Club of the Deaf men's team 1991
3 8 Registration forms for Smokey Mountain Association of the Deaf men's team 1991
3 9 Registration forms for student fans 1991
3 10 Registration forms for Swamp Fox Athletic Association men's team 1991
3 11 Registration forms for the Palmetto Club for the Deaf men's team 1991
3 12 Unidentified registration forms 1991
3 13 9th annual slo-pitch softball tournament program book 1984
3 14 12th men's / 1st women's annual slo-pitch softball tournament program book 1987
3 15 14th men's / 3rd women's annual slo-pitch softball tournament program 1989
3 16 15th men's / 4th women's annual slo-pitch softball tournament program book 1990
3 17 16th men's / 5th women's annual slo-pitch softball tournament program book 1991
3 18 17th men's / 6th women's annual slo-pitch softball tournament program book 1992
3 19 18th men's / 7th women's annual slo-pitch softball tournament program book 1993
3 20 19th men's / 8th women's annual slo-pitch softball tournament program book 1994
3 21 MWAD correspondence for softball tournament 1994
4 1 SEAAD by-laws 1993
4 2 SEAAD flyers and printer receipts for softball tournament 1994
4 3 SEAAD/MWAD committee minutes for softball tournament 1994
4 4 SEAAD/MWAD contract and correspondence for softball tournament 1994
4 5 SEAAD/MWAD correspondence and flyers for softball tournament 1994
4 6 SEAAD/MWAD correspondence and minutes for softball tournament 1994
4 7 SEAAD/MWAD correspondence and programs for softball 1994
4 8 SEAAD/MWAD notes and drafts for softball tournament flyers 1994
4 9 SEAAD newsletter paste-ups 1993-1994
4 10 14th men's / 1st women's softball tournament program book 1986
4 11 15th men's / 2nd women's softball tournament program book 1987
4 12 16th men's / 3rd women's softball tournament program book 1988
4 13 17th men's / 4th women's softball tournament program book 1989
4 14 18th men's / 5th women's softball tournament program book 1990
4 15 19th men's / 6th women's softball tournament program book 1991
4 16 20th men's / 7th women's softball tournament program book 1992
4 17 21st men's / 8th women's softball tournament program book 1993
5 1 22nd men's / 9th women's softball tournament program book 1994
5 2 24th men's / 11th women's softball tournament program book 1996
5 3 MWAD softball scorebook 1975
5 4 MWAD softball scorebook 1975
5 5 MWAD softball scorebook 1977
5 6 MWAD softball scorebook 1978
5 7 MWAD softball scorebook 1978
5 8 1st annual mixed team & doubles handicap bowling tournament program book 1996
5 9 38th women's / 49th men's annual Eastern bowling tournament program book 1995
5 10 Metro Mixed League 50th anniversary program book 1996
5 11 MWAD 2nd annual mixed team + doubles handicap bowling tournament program book 1991
5 12 MWAD 3rd annual mixed team + doubles handicap bowling tournament program book 1989
5 13 National Deaf Bowling Association 25th anniversary championships 1989
5 14 1st Annual Art Kruger basketball tournament program book 1983
5 15 2nd National World Games for the Deaf Tryouts program book 1972
5 16 AAAD program book for Awareness Day 1988
5 17 Eastern Schools for the Deaf 27th annual basketball tournament program book 1959
5 18 Gallaudet University program books 1986
6 1 Mason-Dixon 50th annual boys' basketball tournament program books 2002
6 2 Miss Deaf America program book 2004
6 3 MWAD event program books 1993-2002
6 4 SEAAD Hall of Fame breakfast program book 1987
6 5 SSAD 9th annual slo-pitch softball tournament program book 1971
6 6 Kendall School banquet program 1960
6 7 Kendall School basketball photos and programs 1952-1953
6 8 Kendall School commencement and basketball programs 1952-1953
6 9 Kendall School newsletter on intramural sports 1953-1954
6 10 Kendall School 125th Anniversary program 1983
6 11 Kendall School sports records 1953-1954
6 12 AAAD Bulletins and softball commissioner campaign materials 1983-1985
6 13 AAAD correspondence 1982
6 14 AAAD letterhead Undated
6 15 AAAD softball commissioner envelopes Undated
6 16 Article: "Long Fun While History Lasted" 1994
6 17 Certificates of appreciation 1982-1992
6 18 Correspondence 1998-2005
6 19 D. Cole Zulauf letter to AAD Hal of Fame panelists 1982
6 20 Ephemera from Los Angeles vacation ca. 1962
6 21 MWAD logos and letterhead 1994
6 22 SEAAD/AAAD minutes and flyers 1988
6 23 SEAAD correspondence and minutes 1994
6 24 SEAAD forms and reports 1993-1994
7 1 AAAD Bulletin 1980-1981
7 2 AAAD Bulletin 1987-1988
7 3 Dee Cee Eyes newsletter 1974-1996
7 4 Golden Press newsletter 1994
7 5 Papers and newsletters 1970-2005
7 6 Postcards Undated
7 7 Redskins magazine 1982
7 8 Woods and Waters magazine 1992
7 9 Holly Bucci photos Undated
7 10 Holli Bucci Quigley photos and clipping 1960
7 11 Holly Bucci Quigley ribbons and certificate 1960
7 12 Photo of Capital Silents basketball team 1921-1922
7 13 Loose photographs Undated
7 14 MWAD basketball team photos 1952-1993
7   Negative of John Miller basketball photo Undated
7   MWAD photo of men's championship basketball team 1990-1991
7   MWAD photo of men's championship basketball team 1988-1989
7   MWAD photo of men's championship basketball team 1991-1992
7   MWAD photo of men's basketball team 1992-1993
7   MWAD photo of women's basketball team 1990-1991
8   Plastic whistle and chain Undated
8   2 AAAD cloths Undated
8   5 "K" sports letters Undated
8   1 "G" sports letter Undated
8   "53" patch Undated
8   AAAD patch Undated
8   Gallaudet pennant Undated
8   DCCD pennant Undated
8   AAAD 50th anniversary pennant Undated
8   USADSF Hall of Fame 50th anniversary badge Undated
8   Carrying case with "John Miller" label Undated
8   6 oversized photos and 1 negative of John Miller at GPO 1999
8   Loose scrapbook pages 1954-1968
8   Newspaper clippings 1954-2004
8   CSD ballpoint pen Undated
8   Ausma Smits 8mm film reel from New Jersey camp 1972
8   AAAD Hall of Fame lapel pin Undated
8   CISS diploma from X International Games for the Deaf 1965
    Certificate of commission as a Kentucky Colonel 1984