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The Legacy of Gallaudet UniversitySince 1864, when Abraham Lincoln signed into law its authority to confer degrees, Gallaudet University has won worldwide renown as the only liberal arts institution dedicated to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students. Today, Gallaudet University offers a full complement of undergraduate degree programs as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in several disciplines. On campus, it also supports two laboratory pre-college programs, the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School.
To extend the reach of Deaf Scholarship, the University Board of Trustees formally chartered the founding of Gallaudet University Press in 1980, charging it with the mission of publishing books and other works on all topics relating to deaf and hard of hearing people, including their culture, their native American Sign Language, and the Deaf community.
During the course of nearly two decades, Gallaudet University Press has released more than
250 titles, thereby establishing its reputation as the preeminent publisher of scholarly
books on Deaf studies, Deaf history, Deaf culture, American Sign Language, and notable deaf
Gallaudet University Press publishes scholarly and general interest books, children’s
books under its Kendall Green publications imprint, and sign language and textbooks under
the imprint Clerc Books.
Gallaudet University Press has broadened the milieu of deaf and disability studies by
publishing such titles as Harry Lang’s A Phone of Our Own, what
Publisher’s Weekly termed the “inspiring” tale of the deaf community’s decades long
struggle for equal telecommunications access, and Special Education in the
21st Century, edited by Margret Winzer and Kas Mazurek, which collects essays by the field’s
leading educators and researchers on the touchstone issues of inclusion and reform. The Press
has also taken the lead in publishing titles on the origin of language as it relates to signed
languages, including Original Signs by David F. Armstrong, a CHOICE
Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, and the last book by the late “father of American Sign
Language linguistics,” William C. Stokoe, Language
in Hand: Why Sign Came Before Speech.
The series’ third volume is a translation of Henri Gaillard’s Une Mission de Sourds-Muets Francais aux Etats-Unis (A Deaf Frenchman’s Mission to the United States), concerning the author’s 1917 trip to the U.S. to attend the National Association of the Deaf meeting and the celebration of the centenary of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut, originally published in 1919 and now edited by Robert Buchanan (Illusions of Equality). Throughout the Classics series each author’s style and meaning is preserved, and new introductions place these works in their historical and intellectual context to help make the texts accessible to today’s readers.