About This Collection
The Gallaudet University Alumni Cards consist of approximately 4,650 cards. These 4 by 6 index cards include the name, class, degree, married name, and subsequent degrees of all Gallaudet alumni who graduated from Gallaudet University between 1866 and 1971. The maintenance of the card recordkeeping was initiated by John B. Hotchkiss, Class of 1869, who was the alumni editor of The Buff and Blue and were later maintained by the Office of the President and the Gallaudet University Alumni Association. Each card typically contains detailed information on alumni, such as residences, occupations, achievements as well as dates of marriages and deaths.
The year displayed in the upper right corner of each card represents the member's class year, followed by the degree granted, either with B.A., M.A., or Honorary Degrees. However, some cards may list a year, but no degree, indicating that the student did not formally graduate from the College. An example of this is James Cross, Jr., a member of the Class of 1869. He was admitted to the College in the fall of 1864; however, he never graduated because he died during his term. At the time, the College was a five-year program, with some students obtaining exempt status who skipped the Preparatory Year.
If you would like a description about the different abbreviated degrees such as Hon. L.L.D., Hon. M. Ped., Hon. Litt. D., Gr., et cetera, please contact the Archives for more information.
With respect to the privacy of the Gallaudet University Alumni members, all the Alumni Cards up to the year of 1962 are being displayed. If you wish to obtain information on alumni who graduated after 1962, please contact the Archives.