Academic journal article American Annals of the Deaf

Editorial: The American Annals of the Deaf, 1847-1947

Academic journal article American Annals of the Deaf

Editorial: The American Annals of the Deaf, 1847-1947

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One hundred years ago this fall the members of the faculty of the American School for the Deaf, in Hartford, Connecticut, founded a Journal devoted to the education and the general welfare of the deaf. Although it received the hearty approval of the administrative school authorities the periodical was not an official school project. It was sponsored at first by members of the faculty. For two years the magazine prospered, faltered for almost a year, was revived by the members of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf, lay dormant for a few years during the War Between the States, was given a fresh impetus by the National Deaf-Mute College, now Gallaudet College, and finally under the guidance of the members of the Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf and under competent editors the Journal became one of the dominant forces in the education and welfare of the deaf in the world.

It is with a bit of pride that the members of the profession of the teachers of the deaf read in the letter from the Library of Congress that we can justly claim our Journal as the "oldest now existing" educational periodical in the United States.

There are without doubt very few groups in the wide field of education that can point to such an extensive printed record of their accomplishments as can the American teachers of the deaf. …

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