200th Anniversary of American SIgn Language: Scholarly & Newspaper Articles

Laurent Clerc arrived with Gallaudet in 1816 and shared his knowledge of LSF which influenced ASL.

Finding Articles

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The library has many databases that have scholarly articles. However, there are a few core journals that publish the most articles related to this topic:

Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association
American Annals of the Deaf
Deafness & Education International, 
Deaf Worlds
Sign Language Studies
Volta Review
Deaf Studies Digital Journal

You can search within the journal to retrieve articles or use the databases below. Use the A-Z Journal List to find journal print and online holdings.

If you have a citation, try the Citation LInker to locate materials.

Tip: Check the bibliography or references at the end of articles to find more works.You must access the databases through the library website. If you go to Google and find an article you like and it asks you to pay for it, DO NOT pay for it. It is probably in our databases or you can get the article for free through our interlibrary loan services.

Start With These Databases

Newspaper Databases

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

This site has newspapers from 1690-present. You can search by state/city.

Article Samples

Carty, B., Macready, S., & Sayers, E. (2009 Spring). "A grave and gracious Woman": Deaf people and signed language in colonial New England. Sign Language Studies, 9(3), 287-323,380-381.

Kusters, A.. (2010). Deaf utopias? Reviewing the sociocultural literature on the world's "Martha's Vineyard situations. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 15(1), 3.

Lane, H., Pillard, R & Hedberg, U. (2007 Winter). Nancy Rowe and George Curtis: Deaf lives in Maine 150 years ago. Sign Language Studies, 7(2), 152-166.

Lane, H., Pillard, R., & French, M. (2000). Origins of the American Deaf-World.Sign Language Studies, 1(1), 1744.

Shaw, E., & Delaporte, Y. (2011). New perspectives on the history of American Sign Language. Sign Language Studies, 11(2), 158-204,290-291.

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