Last Updated: Mar 1, 2017
The George W. Veditz Collection is a group of films that were produced by the National Association of the Deaf from 1910 through 1921, for the preservation of "excellent examples" of sign language.
Following is a list of the Veditz Collection films:
- An address at the tomb of James A.Garfield (currently not available).
Willis Hubbard, leader in the Deaf community and teacher at the Michigan School for the Deaf, speaks of the late President James A. Garfield and his support for deaf education.
- The death of Minnehaha
Mary Williamson Erd (teacher at the Michigan School for the Deaf) gives a sign language version of Longfellow's famous poem.
- The discovery of chloroform
A deaf chemist and deaf community leader, Dr. George T. Dougherty, signs in one of the world's first educational films.
- Dom Pedro's visit to Gallaudet College
Dr. Edward Allen Fay, Gallaudet vice-president, tells about the visit of the Emperor of Brazil to Gallaudet in 1876.
- Devil’s Den held by the Confederates & Lincoln’s Gettybsburg Address
Devil's Den Held by the Confederates. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
- Glimpses of the battlefield.
Originally part of the film above, this tour of the Gettysburg battlefield was led by the Reverend A.D. Bryant.
- The Irishman's flea and The lady and the cake
Robert P. McGregor, teacher in the Ohio School for the Deaf and a long-time leader among the deaf, tells two humorous tales.
- A lay sermon: the universal brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God
Robert P. McGregor turns serious and gives a sermon.
- The Lorna Doone country of Devonshire, England
The only known film showing Gallaudet University's first president, Edward Miner Gallaudet, signing. He tells about his visit to England.
- Memories of old Hartford, 1913
Dr. John B. Hotchkiss, Gallaudet faculty member, reminiscences about the "good old days" in Hartford, Connecticut, during the 19th century.
- A plea for a statue of de l'Épée in America, 1913.
Reverends James H. Cloud and Michael R. McCarthy argue that the Abbe Charles Michel de l'Épée, French founder of public education for the deaf, should be honored by the deaf of America with a statue put up in his memory. McCarthy reads the address aloud while Cloud interprets it into sign language.
- Preservation of the sign language, 1913.
George W. Veditz makes a plea for the preservation of "God's most noble gift to the deaf," sign language.
- The signing of the charter of Gallaudet College.
Gallaudet mathematics professor and faculty secretary, Amos G. Draper, tells of a historic event in 1864.
- Yankee Doodle, 1921.
W.E. Marshall signs a humorous recital of the famous song, in costume.