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Rare Gallaudet Pictures

January 13, 2008

Here (below) are some really neat photos of the Gallaudet campus that I found in the 1897 and 1907 annual reports.

My favorite is the “View from the farm” photo. That’s how the caption read. Someone stood in a field full of some crop that the students were growing and took the photo. You can see the Capitol Building in the distance.

It’s interesting that the students worked the farm to grow their own food and meat. I’m not sure what year the practice was discontinued, but in an early report, EMG wrote that it was necessary to grow food and raise meat on the campus because the school was so far from the market places!

The Columbia Institution for the Deaf annual reports from 1858 onwards are now available for downloading on the Wikipedia:


The files are the unabridged versions of the reports, with all the appendices, and names of students in attendance, etc.

–Brian Riley (guest blogger)

Gallaudet boys dormitory designed by a Gallaudet graduate (1897)

Gallaudet Chapel Hall porch and Tower Clock (1897)

Gallaudet dormitory for female students and pupils (1897)

Gallaudet dormitory for male students, cabinet shop and laboratory, College Hall (1897)

Gallaudet professors house and the gymnasium (1897)

Gallaudet statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell (1897)

View of Gallaudet campus and Capitol building from the farm (1897)

College Hall and Chapel Hall (1907)

Gallaudet Alumni (July 1, 1907)


Enlargements from the alumni photo above:

George Veditz

Amos Draper

Samuel Porter

Edward Miner Gallaudet

John Hotchkiss

James Stewart

possibly Clyde Stevens

probaby George Andree

  1. January 13, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Somewhat I never went Gallaudet if I go to Gallaudet I would be there. but something I am interested with old picture of my deaf school in Salem,Oregon and Gallaudet.

  2. Billythegoat
    January 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    ‘The pictures are worth a thousand words’

  3. MikeS
    January 13, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    “Ole Jim” = gymnasium.

  4. Jean Boutcher
    January 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Two questions:

    1. Is “Gallaudet boys dormitory designed by a Gallaudet graduate (1897)” currently “KENDALL GREEN ?

    2. Is “Gallaudet dormitory for female students and pupils (1897)” currently FOWLER HALL ?

  5. Jean Boutcher
    January 13, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Another question: 🙂

    Is George Veditz in the 7th from the left side in
    the standing line? I cannot help but immediately recognise his hairline and eye-glasses. 🙂

  6. W. David Samuelsen
    January 13, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Response to Deaf Pixie

    which old buildings? one on Turner Road or at Locust Street? I have both.

    OSD ’75

  7. Davy
    January 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing us Deafreader.


  8. Keith Gamache Jr
    January 13, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    The old boys dormitory was designed by Olof Hanson, an alumni of the college. The name was then changed to Dawes House, housing the linguistics department. The building next door on the north is the Kendall School.

    The Old Fowler Hall as shown was razed down in 1917 because of poor safety conditions after the 1910 fire scare in College Hall. A new Fowler Hall was built on the same site. It currently house the education departments, I believe.

    I spot George Veditz on the 11th from the left standing. You see Amos Draper (a deaf professor of mathematics at Gallaudet) sitting below, with Samuel Porter next to him on the right, along with Edward Miner Gallaudet, all sitting. Ah, the good old days.

  9. January 13, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I love old black and white pictures!

  10. January 14, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Just updated the information about ‘who?’ in alumni picture. 😉

  11. Q.E.
    January 14, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Wow! Beautiful pictures! You Fookembug are the BEST!

  12. Tom
    January 14, 2008 at 2:35 am

    Oh, I love old history (pictures and stores)!


  13. Tom
    January 14, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Oops! I mean stories.

  14. Brian Riley
    January 14, 2008 at 5:49 am

    If anyone looks in the appendices of the annual reports for various years, you can see that George Veditz attended the college starting in the 1879-1880 academic year and attended until the 1883-1884 academic year (and he did not attend Kendall School). The 1883-1884 annual report shows that during the Presentation Day ceremony he gave a speech titled: “The Hohenstaufen Era of German Literature.”

    Veditz was not mentioned as being the valedictorian in the 1883-1884 annual report as part of Presentation Day, probably because Presentation Day occurred on May 7, 1883. This was because the school year ended at the end of June and by this time most of the Congressmen had gone home. Edward Gallaudet and the Board decided that it was better to hold a “Presentation Day” earlier so that Congressmen and other important people could attend. Then at the end of the year, there was a low-key commencement ceremony. Veditz was probably honored as being the valedictorian of the class during this second ceremony.

    When George Veditz attended, the college was called the “National Deaf-Mute College.” Later, in 1894 the name was changed to: “Gallaudet College,” to honor T.H. Gallaudet.

    Looking at the 1880-1881 annual report (page 892), you can read that the President of the United States, James A. Garfield, attended the Presentation Day ceremonies. Veditz was probably in attendance and might have met the President. Garfield was assassinated on July 2, 1881 and died on September 19, 1881.

  15. Brian Riley
    January 14, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Ooops. I meant to say that Presentation Day (when Veditz gave his speech) was on May 7, 1884.

  16. Bernard Bragg
    January 14, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Brian, keep unearthing Gallaudet’s “long-lost” history! We love you for that.

  17. Jean Boutcher
    January 14, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I am so very much impressed with the title of Veditz’s
    speech. Can you scan his paper?

  18. Gully
    January 15, 2008 at 7:36 pm


  19. Brian Riley
    January 15, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    The full text of Veditz’s valedictory address will be available soon. Stay tuned….

  20. January 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Have seen them but always great to see them again. Keep ’em goming. BB

  21. Bill Flis
    January 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    More photographs, taken around 1970, and photocopies of very old documents (original building plans) by US Government Historic American Buildings Survey: First, go here:
    then find Gallaudet in the alphabetical lists.

  22. Brian Riley
    January 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm


    I could not find the photos on the web page of the link you give.

    The only way I could find them was to go to this web page:


    Then type in “Gallaudet” and click on “Search”.

    I see eight entries. Clicking on number 8 is interesting (photo #3)–an aerial via of (modern) Gallaudet.

  23. Brian Riley
    January 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Whoa…. Numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are all very interesting. There are images of the original plans and drawings of the buildings.

    Also, number 7 shows interior photos of the President’s House (from modern times).

  24. Dallas Barker
    January 16, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I can identify a few more in the 1907 group picture: James Stewart, class of 1893, second from left at back row and possibly Clyde Stevens, class of 1904, second from right at the back row. On right of Stevens is probably George Andree, class of 1902 (?) All three were from Michigan School for the Deaf. Also, I think I see Prof. Hotchkiss in the second row. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing them.

  25. January 16, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    January 16, 2008

    Oh my! What very beautiful pictures of the old buildings at Gallaudet. This would make a good documentary film about Gallaudet University and its 200 years of progress in Deaf America.

  26. Berna A.
    January 16, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    WOW! Amazing! History in the making!

  27. Brian Riley
    January 17, 2008 at 3:06 am

    To zoom in on people in the alumni photo, download this PDF file:


    Then look at PDF page 19. Use the + button in the Adobe Acrobat Reader to enlarge.

  28. Bill Flis
    January 21, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Go to the page I mentioned, then scroll down to the entry/link “Gaillard House, 915-917 Saint Ann Street, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA” and click on that to go to a more detailed list, which includes the seven sets of Gally photos.

    Also, if you can find “Germantown Academy”, that is where Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is now located (Schoolhouse Lane in Philadelphia).

    The building shown under “Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf & Dumb” is where PSD was located very long ago (on Broad St.). The photos from 1973-74 show it being used as the home of the Philadelphia College of Art, which moved there in 1893. I’m not sure exactly when PSD moved to Mount Airy, which was its location before moving to the current Schoolhouse Lane site around 1980.


  29. Anonymous
    February 1, 2008 at 9:16 am

    i cant see ant of the pictures that are suppose to be rare but i cant even see them so i dont like this website

  30. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    my greatgrandfather graduated from Galludet in 1883 any info on him will help.I’m writing his life story, he came to arizona in 1884

  31. November 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    any pictures from 1883 graduation class would be appricated his name was Charles Clifford Griffin..writing his life history

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